Sen. Dodd to Chair Joint Sports Betting Hearing

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will co-chair a joint informational hearing Wednesday on two competing November ballot initiatives that seek to legalize sports wagering – Propositions 26 and 27.

“Legalized sports wagering could be an opportunity for California to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for vital services in our most vulnerable communities,” said Sen. Dodd, who chairs the Senate Governmental Organization committee. “Importantly, it could also help regulate something that goes on regardless of its legality, bringing it out of the shadows and protecting consumers. This hearing will help explain what’s being proposed so the public can make informed decisions come November.”

At the joint hearing of the Assembly and Senate Governmental Organization committees, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office will provide an impartial review of Propositions 26 and 27, outlining their respective impacts on California. Proposition 26 would authorize on-site sports wagering only at physical locations operated by federally recognized Native American tribes and major race tracks. Proposition 27 would authorize online and mobile sports wagering for gaming tribes.  Public comment will be accepted at the hearing. The joint committee will not take an official position on the measures.

Who: Sen. Bill Dodd, chair of the Senate Governmental Organization committee; Assembly member Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization committee; the California Legislative Analyst’s Office

What: Joint informational hearing on Propositions 26 and 27

When: 1:30 p.m., Aug. 10, 2022

Where: State Capitol Room 1100; link to the virtual hearing at



Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at