Vote No

Proposition 27 – Legalize Online Sports Betting

California

The second of two measures that would legalize and tax sports betting in California, this is the far more expansive measure with much more profit at play. This allows sports betting online, which would benefit the handful of tribes that would lend their license, but it would mostly create profits for the out-of-state corporations like FanDuels and DraftKings that are funding the measure. However, the negative impacts of gambling, including online sports betting, harm poor and working-class people disproportionately – including addiction and financial impacts. This measure would open the floodgates here in our state. Though the taxes raised would be directed to mental health services and people who are homeless, where the funds are sorely needed, the numbers don’t pencil out to make this measure worth supporting. If Proposition 26 and Proposition 27 both pass, it’s unclear which one would take precedence, and lawsuits would likely ensue. We urge you to vote NO on Prop 27.