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2008 General Election Ballot Measures: Gaming & Lotteries


Arkansas Constitutional Amendment No. 3 - An Amendment Authorizing the General Assembly to Establish, Operate, and Regulate State Lotteries to Fund Scholarships and Grants for Arkansas Citizens Enrolled in Certified State Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Summary: Would amend the constitution authorizing the enactment of laws to establish, operate, and regulate state lotteries; requiring proceeds to be used solely to pay the operating expense of lotteries and to fund/provide scholarships and grants to citizens of the state enrolled in public and private non-profit two-year and four-year colleges located within the state that are certified according to criteria established by the General Assembly; declaring lottery proceeds to be cash funds held in a trust separate from the state treasury; and declaring that this amendment doesn't affect in any way Amendment 84 of the Arkansas Constitution or games of bingo and raffles permitted therein.

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Colorado Amendment 50 - Limited Gaming

Summary: An amendment that would allow residents of Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek to vote to extend casino hours of operation, approved games to include roulette and craps or both, and maximum single bets up to $100; adjust distributions to current gaming fund recipients including distribution to student aid and community colleges;  and require any increase in the gaming tax levels to be approved in a statewide election if local voters in one or more cities have approved any revision to limited gaming.


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Maine Question 2 - Citizen Initiative

Question: Do you want to allow a certain Maine company to have the only casino in Maine, to be located in Oxford County, if part of the revenue is used to fund specific state programs?

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Maryland Question 2 - Video Lottery Terminals - Authorization and Limitations

Summary: Authorizes the state to issue up to five video lottery licenses for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education of children in public schools, prekindergarten through grade 12, public school construction and improvements, and construction of capital projects at community colleges and higher education institutions. No more than a total number of 15,000 video lottery terminals may be authorized in the state, and only one license may be issued for Baltimore City. Any additional forms or expansion of commercial gaming in Maryland is prohibited, unless approved by a voter referendum.

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Massachusetts Question 3 - Dog Racing

Summary: This proposed law would prohibit any dog racing or racing meeting in Massachusetts where any form of betting or wagering on the speed or ability of dogs occurs.

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Missouri Proposition A

Summary: Shall Missouri law be amended to: repeal the current individual maximum loss limit for gambling; prohibit any future loss limits; require identification to enter the gambling area only if necessary to establish that an individual is at least 21 years old; restrict the number of casinos to those already built or being built; increase the casino gambling tax from 20% o 21%; create a new specific education fund from gambling tax proceeds generated as a result of this measure called the “Schools First Elementary and Secondary Education Improvement Fund”; and require audits of this new fund?

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Ohio Issue # 6 - To Amend the Constitution by Initiative Petition for a Casino Near Wilmington in Southwest Ohio and Distribute to All Ohio Counties a Tax on the Casino

Summary: Amendment would authorize one privately owned casino with a required minimum initial investment of $600 million in southwest Chester Township. It would require the casino to pay a tax up up to 30 percent on its gross receipts for gaming less payouts. The taxes are to be used first to pay expenses of regulating and collecting taxes from the casino, then for funding of gambling prevention and treatment programs. The taxes paid may be reducted to 25 percent if another casino is permitted in the future. The casino will be authorized to conduct any game permitted in Nevada or any state adjacent to Ohio, except bets on races or sporting events. Only persons age 21 and over would be permitted to place bets.

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Oregon Measure 62 - Amends Constitution: Allocates 15% of Lottery Proceeds to Public Safety Fund for Crime Prevention, Investigation, Prosecution

Summary: Requires 15 percent of the net proceeds from the State Lottery to be deposited in the public safety fund for distrubtion for the following purposes: 20 percent for grants to counties to fund early childhood programs for at-risk children; 50 percent to fund the criminal investigation and forensics operations of the state police; 15 percent to provide grants to countries to supplement existing county appropriations for the operations of district attorneys; and 15 percent to provide grants to counties to supplement existing county appropriations for investigation and field operations of county sheriffs.

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