Proposition 48 would ratify gaming compacts between California and two Native American tribes: the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe. A "yes" vote on the measure would uphold contested legislation AB 277 which was enacted by the State Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in July 2013. A "no" vote would overturn AB 277.
For more information on this proposition, including voter resources, in-depth analysis, and endorsements, please see the California Choices web site.
Proponents of Prop. 48 claim the measure will create thousands of jobs in the Central Valley, where the two tribes are located. They say it will generate employment and economic development among the tribal populations. They claim measure will protect environmentally sensitive regions from development.
Opponents believe Prop. 48 will violate a promise made by tribes years ago: to keep Indian gaming to tribal lands. They claim the casinos would be built too close to Central Valley communities. They also claim that the measure will institute a new wave of casino proposals.