CA Satellite Betting Bill Signed Into Law

Some of the wagering facilities have suffered financial problems because of costs.

Legislation designed to assist satellite wagering facilities in Callifornia has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill was sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea. “With declining attendance and fixed costs, some smaller satellite facilities have been forced to close because they couldn’t afford to comply with the law,” Perea said in a statement. “The passage of this law will help preserve the tradition of horse racing in California.”

Under current law all satellite wagering facilities must have a supervisor on-site during operating hours. The requirement created "significant financial problems" for some of the smaller satellite facilities that can’t afford to pay supervisor wages for several hours each day, according to a release from Perea's office.

The new law allows satellite facilities to waive the supervisor position requirement if it is determined the requirement creates a financial hardship.