In 2013, the California State Legislature passed AB 277 authorizing two gaming compacts: one between the state and the North Fork Rancheria Mono Indians and one between the state and the Wiyot Tribe. The passage of Proposition 48, a referendum on AB 277, would authorize the two gaming compacts to go into effect.
In 2000, California citizens voted in favor of Proposition 1A which authorized Indian gaming on original Indian reservation land.
With the passage of AB 277, the North Fork tribe would be allowed to build and operate a casino with up to 2000 slot machines on land not considered as original tribal land. However, the federal government has approved the land for gaming. Because of potentially negative impacts on the environment, gaming would be prohibited on Wiyot tribal land, but the Wiyot tribe would have a share in the profits of the North Fork casino.
Fiscal Impact (as estimated by LAO)
- The North Fork tribe would give a one-time payment between $16 million and $35 million to the local governments in Madera County.
- For a 20-year period, the North Fork tribe would give annual payments of about $10 million to state and local governments in Madera County.
- Losses in revenue due to decreased economic opportunity in the surrounding areas should generally be offset by increased revenue due to economic growth in Madera County.
- Governor Jerry Brown, the California Democratic Party, and the City of Madera Police Officers Association all support Prop 48. No political action committee has raised more than $1,000,000 in support of the ballot measure.
- Senator Dianne Feinstein opposes Prop 48. Table Mountain Rancheria, Brigade Capital Management LLC (and affiliated entities), Riva Ridge Recovery Fund LLC, and DG Capital Management LLC (and affiliated entities) are among the top donors in opposition of the ballot measure.
Arguments of Proponents
- The casino will create over four thousand jobs, therefore benefitting the state and local economies.
Proposition 48 will provide funding for schools, public safety, roads, and other public services.
- Voting yes promotes tribal self-sufficiency.
For more information in support of Prop 48 visit www.VoteYes48.com.
Arguments of Opponents
- Proposition 48 would allow the North Fork Tribe to build a casino about 40 miles from the tribe’s original reservation land, therefore breaking the promise of Proposition 1A that Indian casinos must be held only on original tribal land. This authorization of off-reservation land would motivate other tribes to shop for land in order to build casinos.
- The off-reservation casino will bring more crime and pollution to the Central Valley.
- The money going to state and local governments will not go toward the state general fund or toward schools.
For more information in opposition to Prop 48 visit www.stopreservationshopping.com.
Voting yes on Prop 48 would authorize the gaming compacts negotiated between the state and the North Fork Tribe and the Wiyot Tribe to go into effect. The North Fork Tribe would be allowed to build a casino on off-reservation land that would create jobs and increase revenues for state and local governments. The Wiyot Tribe near Humboldt Bay would not be allowed to build a casino on their reservation land.
Voting no on Prop 48 would not authorize the gaming compacts between the state and the North Fork Tribe and the Wiyot Tribe to go into effect. The North Fork Tribe would not be allowed to build and operate an off-reservation casino.
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