Sports Betting Casino Legal California lawmakers to introduce latest sports betting bill November 4, 2019 By Gaming America Two California state legislators plan to introduce a sports betting bill they hope to get through to voters by next year. Two California state legislators plan to introduce a sports betting bill they hope to get through to voters by next year. The amendment would legalize sports betting in casinos and card rooms across the state. Sen. Bill Dodd and Assemblyman Adam Green wrote the amendment. They have until June 2020 to push the bill out of the senate and into the assembly, where it would need a twothirds majority vote to reach the November ballot. The amendment would legalize sports betting in casinos and card rooms across the state. Green has unsuccessfully attempted to pass state sports gambling legislation in the past, where he was thwarted by the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. The state’s tribes own 70 casinos and would have a strong say in any potential legislation. “We want to get an initiative on the ballot that the voters can understand, that's easy to understand and perhaps in the process maybe bring all the gambling institutions -- card rooms, horseracing, tribal casinos -- all together,” Dodd is quoted by KTXL as saying.. Approximately $10bn in illegal sports bets are made each year in California, according to the California Gaming Association. California, home to 16 professional sports teams, would immediately become one of the largest sports gambling markets in the world if it were to legalize sports betting.