Ohio Casino Revenue and Commission Amendment (2010)
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This amendment was proposed less than a day after Ohio voters approved Ohio Casino Initiative, Issue 3 (2009), which allowed the establishment of casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. According to the proposed amendment, the state's share of casino revenue would have been 60% instead of the approved 33%. The revenue would also have been dedicated to schools and scholarships for students in need. Additionally, the amendment would have given the Ohio Lottery Commission authority over the rule-making process.
The first regular session ended June 4 without approval of the amendment and the deadline to place a constitutional amendment on the November 2010 ballot was August 4. The legislature said in July 2010 they had no plans to reconvene earlier than the September 14 start of the second regular session.
According to reports, below is the proposed resolution:
Proposing to amend Section 6 of Article XV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to require the General Assembly to allow casino facilities at locations that the General Assembly designates, to require that license for these casino facilities be awarded by competitive bidding by the State Lottery Commission, to require voter approval of the operation of a casino facility in the county of municipal corporation in which the casino facility is located, to require that a tax of sixty percent be levied and collected by the state on all gross casino revenue receive by each casino facility operator, and to require that half of the proceeds of this tax be used solely for the support of elementary, secondary, vocational, special education programs and half to be used solely for students attending career colleges, community, technical and private regionally accredited colleges and schools as determined in appropriations made by the General Assembly.
- Rep. Clyde Evans said, "The citizens of Ohio made it clear that they want casinos in this state. During a time of economic duress, companies from outside of the state of Ohio gave our citizens only one option — a very bad option. And this constitutional amendment will correct some of those inequities."
Path to the ballot
In order to place the measure on the ballot, the proposal required support from at least 60% (3/5) of members from both the Senate and the House. The first regular session ended June 4 without approval of the amendment and the deadline to place a constitutional amendment on the November 2010 ballot was August 4. The legislature said in July 2010 they had no plans to reconvene earlier than the September 14 start of the second regular session.
- Associated Press, "Casino Gambling in Ohio Subject to Change," January 20, 2010
- World Magazine, "2010 Preview: Ballot initiatives are a way for citizens to settle an issue directly without state legislatures," January 16, 2010
- Associated Press, "Ohio Lawmakers Scramble to React to Casino Plan," January 20, 2010
- The Madrigal Maniac, "Another Lawmaker Wants to Change Issue 3," November 4, 2009
- TallmadgeExpress.com, "Trying to keep track of the new casino issues," November 29, 2009 (dead link)
- Columbus Business First, "Casino backers: ‘Development begins today’," November 4, 2009
- The Vindicator, "Changes sought for Ohio casino plan," November 5, 2009
- The Columbus Dispatch, "Redistricting reform effort dies," July 27, 2010
- Examiner, "Ohio lawmaker pitches patch to add fairness to casino initiative Ohio voters OK'd yesterday," November 4, 2009
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