Oregon Legalization of Certain Lotteries, Measure 12 (1938)

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The Oregon Legalization of Certain Lotteries Amendment, also known as Measure 12, was on the November 8, 1938 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have legalized certain lotteries and other forms of gambling and authorized the state to exclusively license them.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 12 (1938)
Defeatedd No180,32955.98%
Yes 141,792 44.02%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed by Initiative Petition

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT LEGALIZING CERTAIN LOTTERIES AND OTHER FORMS OF GAMBLING - Purpose: Amendment limits present Constitutional prohibition of lotteries. Legalizes certain lotteries and other forms of gambling and gaming and authorizes State exclusively to license them. Authorizes licensing and regulation of bowling alleys; bridge studios; pool and billiard rooms; shooting galleries; horse and dog racing; other forms of racing; bank nights; punch boards; pinball games; vending machines; and raffles and bazaars for local charitable purposes. Authorizes legislature to provide for distribution of forty per cent of license tax to municipalities; ten per cent to public fairs and exhibitions; and remainder for old age security or other purposes specified by law. Defines lotteries.
Vote YES or NO

324. Yes. I vote for the proposed law.

325. No. I vote against the proposed law. [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 18, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.