California's governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has signed a pro-gambling law Tuesday which will allow four of the richest casino-operating tribes in the state to add up to 17,000 new slot machines.
The new bill also allows one of the poorest tribes in California, the Yuroks, to open a new casino with 999 slot machines near U.S. Highway 101.
The new additions to the casinos in Southern California could generate between $13.4 billion to $22.4 billion in tribal revenue-sharing payments to California in the next 25 years.
Meanwhile, UNITE HERE, a casino, hotel and hospitality workers union, are protesting the bill due to a lack of workers protections in the agreements. They are collecting signatures in order to prevent the expansions of the tribes' casinos.