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AB-957 Gaming Policy Advisory Committee.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 03/11/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 11, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 957


Introduced by Assembly Member Salas

February 17, 2021


An act relating to tribal gaming. An act to amend Section 19817 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to gambling.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 957, as amended, Salas. Tribal gaming: compact ratification. Gaming Policy Advisory Committee.
Existing law, the Gambling Control Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of various legalized gambling activities and establishments by the California Gambling Control Commission and the investigation and enforcement of those activities and establishments by the Department of Justice. Existing law establishes the Bureau of Gambling Control under the direction of the department.
Existing law requires the commission to establish a 10-member Gaming Policy Advisory Committee composed of representatives of controlled gambling licensees and members of the general public in equal numbers. Existing law requires the executive director of the commission to convene the committee, from time to time, for the purpose of discussing matters of controlled gambling regulatory policy and any other relevant gambling-related issue.
This bill would increase the membership of the committee from 10 to 12 members and would require the additional members to include one representative of academia who possesses knowledge on matters related to gaming and one representative from the bureau. The bill would require the executive director to convene the committee at least twice every calendar year, rather than from time to time.

The existing federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 provides for the negotiation and execution of tribal-state gaming compacts for the purpose of authorizing certain types of gaming on Indian lands within a state. The California Constitution authorizes the Governor to negotiate and conclude tribal-state gaming compacts, subject to ratification by the Legislature. Existing law expressly ratifies a number of tribal-state gaming compacts, and amendments of tribal-state gaming compacts, between the State of California and specified Indian tribes.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature, upon the Governor’s signing of a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi-Yokut Tribe, to ratify that compact.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 19817 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

19817.
 The commission shall establish and appoint a Gaming Policy Advisory Committee of 10 12 members. The committee shall be composed of five representatives of controlled gambling licensees and licensees, five members of the general public in equal numbers. public, one representative of academia who possesses knowledge on matters related to gaming, and one representative from the Bureau of Gambling Control. The executive director shall, from time to time, convene the committee shall convene the committee at least twice every calendar year for the purpose of discussing matters of controlled gambling regulatory policy and any other relevant gambling-related issue. The committee’s objective shall be to solicit input from various constituencies, including the public, on gaming policy issues for future consideration to the commission, as appropriate. The recommendations concerning gambling policy made by the committee shall be presented to the commission, but shall be deemed advisory and not binding on the commission in the performance of its duties or functions. The committee may shall not advise the commission on Indian gaming.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature, upon the Governor’s signing of a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi-Yokut Tribe, to ratify that compact.