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SB 1400: Deceptive Sweepstakes Prohibition (2008)


SB 1400 (2008) updates California law with new rules and disclosure requirements for sweepstakes solicitations. Additionally, SB 1400 extends these provisions to those who sell information regarding sweepstakes. Finally, the bill also prohibits sweepstakes from selling or sharing the names and information of its customers. Such protections already exist in other states around the country.

Senator Simitian’s Letter to the Governor on SB 1400

For more information, you can read the SB 1400 "Fact Sheet" prepared by a member of Senator Simitian's staff.

Final Status and Text

SB 1400 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Signed into Law

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

Background Information

What the Bill Does
Though California was among the first to have sweepstakes solicitation laws, other states have since adopted more comprehensive consumer protections. In addition, new deceptive sweepstakes solicitation practices have surfaced that prey on Californians, particularly senior citizens.

SB 1400’s introduction was prompted by a constituent proposal in the 11th District’s annual “There Oughta be a Law” contest; a contest entry made in response to a family member who had been victimized by predatory sweepstakes practices. SB 1400 updates California sweepstakes law to reflect the more stringent requirements that other states have adopted, including Colorado, Texas, and Oregon.

Senate Bill 1400 seeks to strengthen consumer protections against deceptive sweepstakes practices through improved disclosures and representation restrictions.

News & Press Releases about SB 1400

01/01/2009 - New year means new laws taking effect

12/23/2008 - New Year to Bring Protections for Victims of Sexual Abuse, Veterans & Seniors

10/01/2008 - Governor Signs Simitian Legislation Outlawing Deceptive Sweepstakes Practices

03/26/2008 - Simitian Announces "Oughta Be A Law" Contest Winners