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Missouri Riverboat Gambling, Proposition A (1992)

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The Missouri Riverboat Gambling Proposition, also known as Proposition A, was on the November 3, 1992 ballot in Missouri as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure authorized riverboat gambling excursions on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, to be regulated by the State Tourism Commission.[1][2]


The resulting law from this proposition was struck down by the State Supreme Court in Harris v. Missouri Gaming Commission under a ruling that games of chance can only become legal through changes to the state's constitution.[3]

In 1994, two constitutional amendments were proposed, one in an April special election which was defeated, and one in the November general election which was approved. Expansions on the November, 1994 amendment were put before before voters in 1998 and in 2004.

Election results

Missouri Proposition A (1992)
OverturnedotOverturned Case:Harris v. Missouri Gaming Com'n 869 S.W.2d 58
Yes 1,397,750 62.47%

Election results via: University of Missouri Institute for Public Policy

Text of measure

The question on the ballot appeared as:[2]

Authorizes riverboat gambling excursions on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, regulated by the State Tourism Commission. Excursions may originate where locally approved by the voters. Five hundred dollar maximum loss limit per person per excursion. The proposal is intended to produce increased General Revenue. [4]

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