Missouri Floating Gambling Facilities, Amendment 1 (August 2004)

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Missouri Amendment 1, also known as the White River Gambling Act, was an initiated constitutional amendment on the August 3, 2004 primary election ballot in Missouri, where it was defeated.[1]

Election results

Constitutional Amendment 1 (Floating Gambling Facilities)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No834,94355.9%
Yes 659,433 44.1%

Official results via: Missouri Secretary of State - Elections Division

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to authorize floating gambling facilities on or adjacent to the White River in Rockaway Beach, Missouri, to be licensed and regulated consistent with all other floating facilities in the State of Missouri, with fifty percent of the state revenues generated in the current year to be used for uniform salary supplement grants to all high quality teachers employed in priority schools, and the remaining state revenues generated in the current year to be distributed to all priority school districts on a per pupil basis for capital improvements to education facilities?

This constitutional amendment will generate annual direct gaming revenue ranging from $39.9 to $49.0 million for the state and $10.2 to $12.4 million for the local government, subject to local voter approval and licensing by the State Gaming Commission. The amount of indirect revenue or expense, if any, is unknown.[2]

Financing the campaign

Supporters of the amendment, Missourians for Economic Opportunity Inc., spent $12,435,086 in financing the campaign for the measure. However opponents such as the groupShow Me You Care spent $1,788,881 financing the campaign against it. Total funds towards the measure by both groups totaled $14,223,967.[3]

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