Gambling on the 2012 Ballot

All eyes are on the race for POTUS this year, and the world of gaming has it eyes on the eight state gambling initiatives on ballots this year.
Two Arkansas Casino Amendments are on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Arkansas as initiated constitutional amendments. One measure would have allowed 24-hour casinos in seven state counties. The proposal was introduced by Michael Wasserman, a Texas businessman who owns Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment Inc. His company would have both owned and operated the casinos, which would have been located in the counties of Sebastian, Pulaski, Garland, Miller, Crittenden, Boone and Jefferson. The second proposal on the ballot was proposed by Nancy Todd to allow casinos in the state.
Question 7, also known as the Gaming Expansion Question, is on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot in the state of Maryland as a legislatively-referred state statute. The measure would allow one additional casino to be constructed in Prince George’s County and would expand the type of games allowed at existing casinos.
An Ohio Youngstown Casino Amendment may appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Ohio as an initiated state statute. The measure would allow for a casino to be constructed in the Youngstown region of the state. The initiative effort is being organized by developers Rick Lertzman and Brad Pressman. This would be the fifth casino constructed in the state, if enacted by voters, following the passage of Issue 3 in 2009 that allowed casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
The Oregon Privately-Owned Casinos Amendment, Measure 82, is on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment. Currently, Oregon Constitution prohibits the operation of any casino within state. Under measure, State Lottery shall permit the operation of privately-owned casinos within the state, provided that the particular operation is approved through initiative law. If the privately-owned casino is to be located within an incorporated city, city electors must also approve casino location. The privately-owned casino shall pay 25% of adjusted gross revenues each month to a fund created by law for the purposes of fostering job growth, educational achievement, vibrant local communities, protecting and improving natural environment, and supporting all federally recognized Indian tribes in Oregon. Amendment prohibits operation of privately-owned casino within 60-mile radius of existing tribal casino operating on reservation land.
A Oregon Multnomah County Casino Initiative, Measure 83, is on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in the state of Oregon as an initiated state statute. Currently, Oregon Constitution prohibits establishing casinos within state. Under the measure, State Lottery shall issue renewable 15-year lease permitting owner of former Multnomah Kennel Club in Multnomah County to operate gaming devices, table games, keno, other games of chance at that site. Measure would become operative only if constitution is amended to permit casinos within state. Casino operator shall pay 25% of adjusted gross revenues into a Job Growth, Education and Communities Fund (separate from general fund), and 80% in the State Lottery Fund. Moneys in the Job Growth fund are apportioned to the incorporated cities adjoining casino, Indian tribes, law enforcement, and gambling treatment services.
A Wood Village City Casino measure is on the November 6, 2012 election ballot in Multnomah County, Oregon. If both state wide ballot measures, which concern privately owned casinos are approved, and this measure is approved, the developers would invest at least $250 million on the development of an entertainment and casino complex on the location of the former Multnomah County Kennel Club. They would also be required to pay 25% of adjusted gross revenues of the Casino and Entertainment Center to the state. This state revenue would be used to increase job growth, educational achievement, vibrant communities, protection and improvement of the natural environment, and support of Oregon Indian tribes.
The Rhode Island Casino Gambling Amendment will appear as Question 1 on the November 6, 2012 ballot. The measure will ask voters if they want state-operated casino gambling at the Twin River venue. The proposal is a part of the $7.7 billion budget signed into law on June 30, 2011.  The Rhode Island Newport Grand Casino Amendment, also known as Question 2 will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Rhode Island as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would authorize casino games at Newport Grand.
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