Oklahoma Casino Gambling, State Question 672 (February 1998)
The Oklahoma Casino Gambling Amendment, also known as State Question 672, was on the February 10, 1998 ballot in Oklahoma as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have legalized casino gambling in Oklahoma but limited it to four locations for the first five years.The measure also would have created a gaming commission, required minimum standards for gambling facilities and declared gambling-related indebtedness subject to civil liability.
|Oklahoma State Question 672 (February 1998)|
Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State
Text of measure
The official ballot title appeared as:
|“||This measure adds a new Article to the Oklahoma Constitution. The new Article deals with gambling. The new Article legalizes:
For the first five years there could only be four non-Indian gambling facilities. Those facilities are:
An appointed Commission would regulate and license this gambling. After five years, other gambling facilities could be licensed. There could not be more than one facility in any county. Gambling facilities would have to meet minimum standards.
The measure would allow Indian tribes to request an agreement to operate a gambling casino.
This measure makes gambling debts incurred at authorized casinos legal and enforceable.
State taxes on the new gambling would fund the Commission, and help education and prisons. Some tax funds would go to local governments where State licensed gambling is conducted.
SHALL THIS PROPOSAL BE APPROVED BY THE PEOPLE?
___ Yes, for the Proposal.
___ No, against the Proposal. 
The full text of the measure can be read here.
The organization officially supporting SQ 672 was called "Better Opportunities for Oklahoma's Students & Taxpayers" or BOOST. This group conducted a petition drive to collect sufficient signatures to place the measure on the ballot.
Edward DeBartolo Jr., owner of the Remington Park pari-mutuel horse race track in Oklahoma City, backed the signature drive financially, but later pulled out of the project.
Gambling opponents in Oklahoma filed a lawsuit arguing that the measure should not appear on the ballot because it encroached on federal law and violated the state's single-subject rule. That challenge failed, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the measure onto the ballot.
- Oklahoma 1998 ballot measures
- 1998 ballot measures
- List of Oklahoma ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Oklahoma
- Oklahoma Secretary of State, "State Questions," accessed November 24, 2014
- Oklahoma Secretary of State, "State Question 672," accessed November 24, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Supreme Court OKs gambling measure for ballot
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