The New York Casino Gambling Amendment
, also known as Assembly Bill 8068
, is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
in New York
that will be decided in the statewide election
on November 5, 2013
. The measure would allow casino gambling statewide. The measure would initially allow for four casinos in upstate New York, and another three in the New York City area after seven years.
Text of measure
The measure amends Article I, Section 9, subdivision 1 of the Constitution of New York.
Article I, Section 9, subdivision 1 would be amended to read:
|No law shall be passed abridging the rights of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government, or any department thereof; nor shall any divorce be granted otherwise than by due judicial proceedings; except as hereinafter provided, no lottery or the sale of lottery tickets, pool-selling, book-making, or any other kind of gambling, except lotteries operated by the state and the sale of lottery tickets in connection therewith as may be authorized and prescribed by the legislature, the net proceeds of which shall be applied exclusively to or in aid or support of education in this state as the legislature may prescribe, and except pari-mutual betting on horse races as may be prescribed by the legislature and from which the state shall derive a reasonable revenue for the support of government, and except casino gambling at no more than seven facilities as authorized and prescribed by the legislature shall hereafter be authorized or allowed within this state; and the legislature shall pass appropriate laws to prevent offenses against any of the provisions of this section.
The measure was sponsored by Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow (D-89).
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the New York Constitution
According to the New York Constitution, a majority vote is required in two successive sessions of the New York State Legislature in order to qualify a measure for the statewide ballot.
The New York State Senate passed the amendment on June 4, 2013, with a vote of 63 to 0.
The New York State Assembly passed the amendment on March 18, 2013, with a vote of 141 to 0.