The Gaming Revenue Act of 2004
Authorizes the Governor to renegotiate compacts with gaming tribes asking them to pay their ‘fair share’ to California in exchange for keeping their monopoly on slot machines.Gaming tribes would have to agree to:
• Pay 25% of slot machine winnings into the Gaming Revenue Trust Fund to be used by cities and counties to hire new police, sheriffs and firefighters and fund education programs for abused and neglected children
• Comply with the California’s Political Reform Act and Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) as all other Californians do right now
• Enter into good faith negotiations with cities or counties where tribal casinos are located to mitigate local gaming related impacts
• Comply with the Gambling Control Act and accept oversight from the California Gambling Control Commission and Division of Gambling Control
• If all Indian tribes choose not to renegotiate within 90 days of the initiative’s approval by the voters, five specific horseracing tracks and eleven card clubs would be authorized to operate a maximum of 30,000 slot machines, at those specific locations only. The race tracks and card clubs must:
• Pay 30% of their winnings to the Gaming Revenue Trust Fund to be used by cities and counties to hire new police, sheriffs and firefighters and fund education programs for abused and neglected children
• Pay 2% of their winnings to the city in which they are located
• Pay 1% to the county in which they are located
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The specified establishments are in Los Angeles, Alameda, San Mateo, Orange, San Diego and Contra Costa and the machines could not be operated in any other locations.
• Funds will be collected in the Gaming Revenue Trust Fund, overseen by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor. Funds do not become part of the state general fund and will be distributed as follows:
• $1.2 million to each non-gaming Indian tribe
• $3 million to be awarded to responsible gaming programs
• 50% of the remaining funds directly to county offices of education to provide services for abused and neglected children in foster care
• 35% of the remaining funds directly to local governments for additional neighborhood sheriffs and police officers
• 15% of the remaining funds directly to local governments for additional firefighters
A permanent ban is imposed on the opening of any new card clubs in California.