California Senator Bill Dodd has announced that he is to remove his proposal to regulate sports betting from consideration, just a day before it was due to go to a vote of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Dodd’s Senate Constitutional Amendment 6, developed in partnership with Assemblymember Adam Gray, had been placed in a suspense file earlier this month, as its fiscal impact was to be over $50,000.
It would then have required an Appropriations Committee hearing to determine whether it would be released from suspense. This was originally scheduled for June 18, before being pushed back to June 23.
This left the bill with just two days to secure the necessary two-thirds majority in both the California Senate and Assembly to be included on the ballot in the November 2020 election.
Dodd explained that the tight deadline had ultimately put paid to the bill’s prospects.
“Given the deadlines for getting a measure on the November ballot and the impact of Covid-19 on the public’s ability to weigh in, we were not able to get the bill across the finish line this year,” he explained.
“It remains important that we lift this widespread practice out of the shadows to make it safer and to generate money for the people of California. I will continue to be engaged in the issue as we work toward 2022.”