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A Look At All Of The Gambling-Related Measures On The November Ballot

Voters Will Shape Casino Future Of Florida, Arkansas

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In a handful of states during this Tuesday’s midterm elections, voters will make their voices heard on a few key gambling-related measures. In Florida and Arkansas in particular, state residents will decide on future casinos, and who has the power to authorize them.

Here is a look at all of the gaming measures on the November Ballot.

Florida

Click here for an in-depth look at Florida’s two gambling-related ballot amendments.

Amendment 3 — Voter Approval of Casino Gambling Initiative

Summary: This amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling by requiring that in order for casino gambling to be authorized under Florida law, it must be approved by Florida voters pursuant to Article XI, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution. Affects articles X and XI. Defines casino gambling and clarifies that this amendment does not conflict with federal law regarding state/tribal compacts.

Amendment 13 — Ban on Wagering on Dog Races

Summary: This amendment phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected.

Arkansas

Click here for an in-depth look at Arkansas’ gambling-related ballot amendment.

Issue 4 — Casinos Authorized in Crittenden, Garland, Pope, and Jefferson Counties

Summary: Issue 4 would amend the Arkansas Constitution to issue four casino licenses to specified licensees, as follows: To Southland Racing Corporation (Southland) for casino gaming at a casino to be located at or adjacent to Southland’s greyhound track and gaming facility in Crittenden County; To Oaklawn Jockey Club, Inc. (“Oaklawn”) to require casino gaming at a casino to be located at or adjacent to Oaklawn’s horse track and gaming facility in Garland County; To an applicant to require casino gaming at a casino to be located in Pope County within two miles of Russellville; and To an applicant to require casino gaming at a casino to be located in Jefferson County within two miles of Pine Bluff.

Maryland

Question 1 — Gambling Revenue Dedicated to Education Lockbox

Summary: The amendment would incrementally dedicate gambling revenue to education through 2023. The amendment would dedicate revenue as supplemental to minimum required education funding levels. This means that casino revenue could not be counted in the minimum education spending formulas and would have to be spent on education in addition to those minimum required levels under the amendment.

Idaho

Proposition 1 — Authorize Betting on Historical Horse Racing

Summary: The measure would allow the use of video terminals for betting on historical horse races, restricted to locations at which live horse races are held on at least eight days of the year. Idaho legalized historical horse racing in 2013 with the passage of House Bill 220 in 2013. It was repealed through Senate Bill 1011 in 2015.

Check back with Card Player later in the week to see the results and reactions from each race.