Michigan Casino Gambling Act, Proposal E (1996)

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The Michigan Casino Gambling Act, also known as Proposal E (1996), was an initiated state statute on the November 5, 1996 election ballot in Michigan, where it was approved.

The proposal sought to permit casino gaming in qualified cities.[1]

Election results

Michigan Proposal F (1996)
Approveda Yes 1,878,542 51.5%

Official results via: The Michigan Manual 2009-2010

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Proposal E would enact a new law to allow up to three casinos in the City of Detroit, establish a Michigan Gaming Control Board within the Department of Treasury to regulate casino gaming, impose an 18% State tax on gross gaming revenues, allocate 45% of the State tax revenue to the School Aid Fund, and allocate 55% of the State tax revenue to the City of Detroit for the hiring, training, and deployment of street patrol officers; neighborhood and downtown economic development programs designed to create local jobs; public safety programs such as emergency medical services, fire department programs and street lighting; anti-gang and youth development programs; and other programs that are designed to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in the city.

It should be noted that if non-Indian casinos operate in Michigan, then Indian casinos will no longer have to pay State or local governments. Currently, Indian casinos pay the State and local government units in which they are located a portion of their net win, which is the total amount wagered minus the total amount paid to winners from slot and electronic video games. For fiscal year 1995-96, Indian casinos paid $30.3 million to the State and $7.6 million to local units.

Proposal E was placed on the ballot through the collectoin of petition signatures. If a majority of the voters cast "yes" votes on Proposal E, the new law will be enacted.

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