Oklahoma State Question 672 (1998)
Oklahoma State Question 672, also known as Initiative Petition 363, appeared on the February 10, 1998 special election ballot in Oklahoma. Voters decisively rejected it. 138,030 voters liked it, and 304,756 gave it a thumb's down.
Had the measure passed, it would have added an article to the Oklahoma Constitution legalizing:
- Slot machines and roulette,
- Craps, keno and video gambling,
- All gambling played with cards, dice, mechanical devices or computers, and
- Other forms of gambling.
Efforts to keep 672 off the ballot
Gambling opponents in Oklahome filed a lawsuit aruging that the measure should not appear on the ballot because it encroached on federal law and violated the state's single-subject rule. That challenge failed, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the measure onto the ballot.
Supporters of the measure
The organization officially supporting 672 was called "Better Opportunities for Oklahoma's Students & Taxpayers" or BOOST. This group conducted a petition drive to collect sufficient signatures to place the measure on the ballot.
Edward DeBartolo Jr., owner of the Remington Park pari-mutuel horse race track in Oklahoma City, backed the signature drive financially, but later pulled out of the project.