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Solano fair board wants to be part of future sports betting discussion

17th December, 14:13

VALLEJO -- The Solano County fair board will receive a presentation Wednesday on the proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would allow sports betting at tribal casinos.

Native tribes in November began the procedure to authorize circulation of petitions to get the measure on the November 2020 ballot. It would allow wagering on professional, college and some amateur sporting events, but not high school games. It also would allow craps and roulette to be played at the casinos.

Sports betting also would be allowed at licensed racetracks under the proposal.

It puts a 10 percent tax on the wagering.

Mirrored bills have been introduced by Democrats in the state Assembly and state Senate that would put a broader measure on the same ballot, allowing sports betting at card rooms and other venues.

Mike Ioakimedes, the executive director of the fairgrounds, said the satellite horse racing venues like the Race Place at the county fairgrounds have been left out of the discussions, even though they have the facilities, security and other necessities already in place.

"As the conversation continues," Ioakimedes said, "we want to be an option."

The fair board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Directors Room at the fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, in Vallejo.

The directors also will be updated on the Solano360 project and review the fairgrounds budget heading into the new year.

The board has a closed session concerning potential litigation that follows the public session.

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