California Tribal-State Gaming Compact Initiative (1998)
|Voting on Gambling|
|Not on ballot|
It passed with 62.38% of the vote.
The campaign in favor of Proposition 5 was heavily financed, with over $63,000,000 spent to promote it, with about $25,000,000 spent unsuccessfully to defeat it.
Arguments for and against
The supporter's short statement in the California ballot pamphlet said:
Proposition 5 protects Native Americans' rights to have limited gaming, restricted to their tribal land. Proposition 5 promotes self-reliance among California's Indians, keeping them off welfare. Proposition 5 shares gaming revenue with non-gaming tribes for education and health programs, and saves taxpayers hundreds of millions annually.
The opponent's short statement in the ballot pamphlet said:
Proposition 5 isn't about allowing tribes to operate casinos on their lands. Federal law already guarantees that tribes can operate Indian casinos. Proposition 5 is a dramatic expansion of unregulated, untaxed casino gambling throughout California!
- California general election vote totals, November 1998
- Proposition 5: Tribal-State Gaming Compacts History of donations, provided by the California Secretary of State