BetMGM to Fund Homelessness, Mental Health Initiatives in Push for Online Betting in California

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Andrew Doughty Aug 31, 2021, 3:17 PM

BetMGM is part of a group proposing new online sports betting legislation in the state of California that would fund homelessness and mental health efforts.

The California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act is scheduled to be filed with the state’s attorney general’s office on Tuesday, Politico reported. It is backed by several sports betting entities, including BetMGM, and includes funding of $100 million for the efforts to combat homelessness and mental health.

California is one of the most important sports betting markets in the world, and BetMGM is committed to bringing legal, regulated mobile sports betting to the state. As we’ve seen in states where BetMGM currently operates, regulated sports betting brings in tax revenue that supports important causes – in this case finding solutions for homeless and mental health support.  Mobile sports betting also creates jobs and through BetMGM’s partnership with GameSense, we ensure that mobile sports betting is delivered together with industry-leading responsible gaming protocols.

Adam Greenblatt - CEO, BetMGM

The new push comes three years after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a 26-year-old federal law that prohibited sports betting in most states. Entering the 2021 NFL season, 21 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico now allow online betting. California, however, would be the first state to allocate betting to initiatives for homelessness and mental health.

Further, additional revenue from the measure will be dedicated to one or multiple California gambling tribes, who are supporting a separate sports-betting proposal scheduled to hit the ballot in 2022, said Dana Williamson, the campaign manager for the group behind the California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act.

 

Permanent solutions require a permanent funding source. The California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act will raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually to fight homelessness and expand mental health support in California by allowing regulated entities to offer safe, responsible sports betting online.

Dana Williamson - via Politico

The initiative, which already has the backing of Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg, would also allow the California Department of Justice to regulate online sports betting to “ensure there is no corruption or illegal activity in the market,” Politico reported. 

As BetMGM continues to expand its sports betting platforms to new states, responsible gaming education remains a key focus. BetMGM is proud to provide resources to help customers play responsibly. For more information on BetMGM, follow @BetMGM on Twitter.

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of High Motor by BetMGM, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of High Motor by BetMGM, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.