|A lawsuit filed by a number of card room operators against Proposition 1A, legislation mandated by California voters in a referendum in 2000 that allows state tribes put a monopoly on the business they want to be in themselves, has been struck down by Judge David Levi, federal judge of the US District Court of the Eastern District of California. Judge Levi ruled that the Indians in fact did have a monopoly on legal casino gambling in California, but their advantage was lawful. |
California is seeing a boom in land-based casino activity, and there are those in the state who oppose further casino building as it benefits mostly the casino developers, who are not Indians, and the $5 billion in revenues from this industry statewide is not subjected to state or local taxes, another benefit to Native Americans (and those who finance and run their casinos for them.) However, Proposition 1A has the support of most California voters as well as the federal judge.
Please see the related story, “Greed Creed in California.”