New California Bill To Add Slots and New Indian Casinos
February 15, 2008
SACRAMENTO, CA – Sixty one California tribes signed gaming compacts with the
state in 1999 legalizing 2,000 slot machines each. However, the California Gambling Control
Commission has denied licenses to them with a complex formula that keeps the
total number of slot machines around 60,000.
This week Sen. Jim Battin, R-La Quinta, introduced Senate Bill 1201 to remove
this restriction and to grant licensing per the compacts. He estimates
7,940 more slot machines would be licensed to tribes around the state and allow
many to expand their existing casinos or build new ones. This
legislation is separate from the 17,000 slot machines approved by Propositions
The tribes he identified are:
1,650 slots - Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians (San Diego County)
1,650 slots - Jamul Indian Village (San Diego County)
1,650 slots - Shingle Springs Rancheria (El Dorado County)
400 slots - Rincon Band of Luiseño Mission Indians (San Diego
400 slots - Dry Creek Rancheria (Sonoma County)
100 slots - Berry Creek Rancheria (Butte County)
40 slots - Cabazon Band of Mission Indians (Riverside
The balance were not identified.
A spokesperson for the Gambling Control Commission said the commission plans to get a
legal opinion on the bill.
A spokesperson for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said his policy team had not yet
reviewed the bill.
Return to California Casinos.