South Dakota Gambling in Deadwood, Amendment Q (2014)
- 1 Text of measure
- 2 Background
- 3 Support
- 4 Opposition
- 5 Path to the ballot
- 6 Similar measures
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
The South Dakota Gambling in Deadwood, Amendment Q is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in South Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would permit the state legislature to authorize roulette, keno, craps, limited card games and slot machines within the municipal limits of Deadwood in Lawrence County, South Dakota. All municipal revenues derived from casinos would continue to be allocated towards the Historic Restoration and Preservation of Deadwood. A sixty percent supermajority approval by local voters would no longer be required under the amendment.
Currently, roulette, keno and craps are not permitted, but limited card games and slot machines are in Deadwood, South Dakota. Also, a sixty percent supermajority vote by city voters is currently required to approve a piece of legislation allowing a gambling facility.
Text of measure
The ballot title reads as follows:
|“||An Amendment to the South Dakota Constitution authorizing the Legislature to allow roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood.||”|
The ballot summary reads as follows:
|“||The Constitution currently authorizes the Legislature to allows two kinds of games of chance in Deadwood: limited card games and slot machines. The proposed amendment authorizes the Legislature to also allow roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood.
Under federal law, any games of chance authorized by the Legislature to be offered in Deadwood would also be allowed at on-reservation tribal casinos.
A vote "Yes" is for changing the constitution to allow the Legislature to authorize roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood.
A vote "No" will leave the constitution as it is. 
|§ 25. Games of Chance Prohibited--Exceptions.|
The Permit Gambling in Deadwood Amendment was approved by voters in 1988. Casinos became operational in Deadwood on November 1, 1989. Casino revenues more than doubled from $25.6 million in 1990 to $56.6 million in 1991. By 2009, casino revenues peaked in Deadwood at $111 million. Since 2009, revenues have been between $104.3 million and $110.8 million. The proposed amendment would allow keno, craps and roulette. The reasoning for adding these three games is to jumpstart revenue growth.
The following officials sponsored the amendment in the legislature:
- Rep. Timothy Johns (R-31)
- Rep. Kristin Conzet (R-32)
- Rep. Marc Feinstein (D-14)
- Rep. Brian Gosch (R-32)
- Rep. David Lust (R-34)
- Rep. Melissa Magstadt (R-5)
- Rep. Elizabeth May (R-27)
- Rep. Fred Romkema (R-31)
- Rep. Tim Rounds (R-24)
- Rep. Mike Verchio (R-30)
- Sen. Bob Ewing (R-31)
- Sen. Jim Bradford (D-27)
- Sen. Jason Frerichs (D-1)
- Sen. Jean Hunhoff (R-18)
- Sen. Chuck Jones (R-8)
- Sen. Mark Kirkeby (R-35)
- Sen. Ryan Maher (R-28)
- Sen. Deb Peters (R-9)
- Sen. Timothy Rave (R-25)
Other officials who support the amendment include:
- Deadwood Gaming Association
- Yes on Q Committee
As of October 22, 2014, Yes on Q Committee had no campaign contributions on record.
- Family Heritage Alliance
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the South Dakota Constitution
The proposed amendment required simple majority approval in both chambers of the South Dakota Legislature. HJR 1001 was approved by the South Dakota House on January 30, 2014. The legislation was approved by the South Dakota Senate on March 5, 2014. The amendment was delivered to the secretary of state on March 12, 2014.
January 30, 2014 House vote
|South Dakota HJR 1001 House Vote|
March 5, 2014 Senate vote
|South Dakota HJR 1001 Senate Vote|
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Constitutional Amendment Q," accessed May 28, 2014
- South Dakota Legislature, "House Joint Resolution 1001," accessed May 28, 2014
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Attorney General 2014 Ballot Explanation Constitutional Amendment Q," accessed September 26, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Black Hills Pioneer, "23 years of Deadwood gaming," May 13, 2014
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Ballot Question Finance Reports," accessed October 22, 2014
- FHA Action, "FHA Action Opposes Amendment Q," accessed October 22, 2014
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