Ohio Measure 3, Casino Gambling (2006)
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Text of the proposal
The language that appeared on the ballot:
This amendment to the Constitution would:
- Permit up to 31,500 slot machines at seven horse racing tracks and at two Cleveland non-track locations. Permit expanded gaming in the four Cuyahoga County locations if approved by the county's voters.
- Distribute the revenues as follows:
-- 55% to the slot and casino owners and operators.
-- 30% to the Board of Regents for college scholarships and grants to eligible students and administration of the program.
-- The remaining revenues to be divided among local governments, race tracks for purse money, gambling addiction services, and
-- The administration of the Gaming Integrity Commission comprised of five members appointed by the governor and the majority legislative leaders.
The moneys provided by this amendment are to supplement and not supplant existing and future constitutional obligations to post-secondary education and local governments.
A majority yes vote is necessary for passage.
Donors pro and con
A total of $28.4 million was spent pro and con on Measure 3, with nearly all of that ($27.2 million) coming from the unsuccessful pro-committee.
Yes on 3
The top donors to the "Yes on 3" committee were:
- The Ohio Legacy Fund, $3.5 million.
- Jacobs Entertainment, $2.9 million.
- Forest City Enterprises, $2.8 million.
- MTR Gaming Group, $2.7 million.
- Delaware North Gaming, $2.6 million.
- Heartland Jockey Club, $2.6 million.
- Penn National Gaming, $2.6 million.
- Riverdown Race Track, $2.6 million.
- Thistledown, $2.6 million.
- Northfield Park, $1.2 million.
Vote No to Slots
The top donors to the opposition campaign were:
- Carl Linder, $500,000.
- Wolfe Enterprises, $150,000.
- Nork, Inc. $100,000.
- Nationwide Mutual Insurance, $100,000.
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