Oklahoma Casino Gambling, State Question 672 (February 1998)

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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.[1]

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 672 (February 1998)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No304,75668.83%
Yes 138,030 31.17%

Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title appeared as:[2]

This measure adds a new Article to the Oklahoma Constitution. The new Article deals with gambling. The new Article legalizes:
a. Slot machines and roulette,
b. Craps, keno and video gambling,
c. All gambling played with cards, dice, mechanical devices or computers, and
d. Other forms of gambling.

For the first five years there could only be four non-Indian gambling facilities. Those facilities are:

1. Remington Park Racetrack,
2. Blue Ribbon Downs Racetrack,
3. A facility in Tulsa, and
4. A facility in Love County.

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. [3]

Full text

The full text of the measure can be read here.

Support

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.

Opposition

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.[4]

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