SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Legalized wagering on sports in California has been put on hold for now, California lawmakers decided on Monday.
A bill – Senate Constitution Amendment 6 – was making its way through the legislature that would have let Californians decide on legalized sports betting come the November 2020 General Election.READ MORE: Fourth of July Celebrations Will Cost You More This Year, But How Much?
However, on Monday, the bill was shelved for the time being.
Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa), one of the lawmakers who proposed the bill, cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are reason for removing the legislation.READ MORE: Highway 50 Back Open, I-80 Still Closed In Sierra Ahead Of July 4 Weekend
“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,” Dodd said in a statement.
Opposition from tribal casino operators appears to have also been a factor in Dodd pulling the bill, according to Bloomberg News.
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Dodd said he will be working to bring back the issue come 2022.