California Proposition 29, Referendum on the Pala Compacts (2000)
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Proposition 29 was an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to overturn the "Pala Compacts" through the veto referendum process. A "yes" vote was a vote to keep the Pala compact in force.
The Pala compact authorized the operation of Indian "video lottery terminals" if operated as lotteries, not slot machines. The compact contained a provision that if the terminals are found by the courts to be slot machines, then the compact is void. The Pala compact does not allow any other Class III games (such as twenty-one or craps).
Text of measure
The ballot title was:
- A "Yes" vote approves, a "No" vote rejects a 1998 law which authorized certain tribal-state gaming compacts, provided procedures for future negotiations with tribes, and designated the Governor to negotiate with tribes.
- Formally approve 11 tribal-state compacts that were concluded in 1998;
- Provide procedures for approving future compacts;
- Declare the Governor responsible for negotiation of compacts; and authorize Governor to waive state's immunity to suit by tribes.
- See also: Fiscal impact statement
The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 29. That estimate was:
- If Proposition 1A (on this ballot) is approved, Proposition 29 would have no fiscal impact on state and local governments.
- If Proposition 1A is not approved, Proposition 29 would result in unknown, but probably not significant fiscal impacts on state and local governments.
- California 2000 ballot propositions
- California Tribal Gaming Compacts (2008)
- California Tribal-State Gaming Compact Initiative (1998)
- Official Voter Guide to Proposition 29
- Full text of Proposition 29
- Official declaration of the March 7, 2000 vote
- Smart Voter on Proposition 29
- Cal Voter on Prop 29
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