California sports betting would need constitutional change

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Betting sheets for NBA, NHL and NCAA basketball are stacked at the Race Sports SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort Casino on February 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

California sports betting would need constitutional changeImage copyright 2018 Getty Images. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Betting sheets for NBA, NHL and NCAA basketball are stacked at the Race Sports SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort Casino on February 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – State lawmakers and tribes who run California casinos say voters would have to change the state’s Constitution before legal sports betting could come to the nation’s most populous state.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a 1992 federal law that barred gambling on the results of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other games.

Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray of Merced immediately said he will try to move forward with a constitutional amendment allowing sports gambling and deputizing the Legislature to regulate the wagering.

But lawmakers face a late June deadline to put it on the November ballot, and lobbyists say that’s unlikely.

It would take a two-thirds vote, and tribes would likely vie with card rooms, horse tracks and online operations for the chance to run the sports book.

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