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Missouri Riverboat Gambling, Amendment 3 (April 1994)

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The Missouri Riverboat Gambling Amendment, also known as Amendment 3, was on the April 5, 1994 ballot in Missouri as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have permitted lotteries, gift enterprises and games of chance to be played on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers on excursion gambling boats.[1][2]

This amendment was a follow up to a 1992 Proposition that, while approved by the state's voters, was stopped by the state's Supreme Court under a ruling that games of chance can only become legal through changes to the state's constitution.[3]

Election results

Missouri Amendment 3 (April 1994)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No528,69750.08%
Yes 527,285 49.92%

Election results via: University of Missouri Institute for Public Policy

Text of measure

The question on the ballot appeared as:[2]

Shall the General Assembly be authorized to permit only upon the Mississippi River and the Missouri River lotteries, gift enterprises, and games of chance or skill to be conducted on excursion gambling boats and floating facilities? The fiscal impact will depend upon actions of the General Assembly, local governing bodies and voters. [4]

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