Wisconsin Pari-Mutuel On-Track Betting Amendment, Question 1 (April 1987)

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The Wisconsin Pari-Mutuel On-Track Betting Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 7, 1987 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article IV, Section 24 of the state constitution to permit pari-mutuel on-track betting in the state, but prohibit the state from partaking in such operations.[1]

Election results

Authorizing Pari-Mutuel On-Track Betting
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 580,089 52.27%
No529,72947.73%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1987-1988

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 24 of article IV of the constitution be revised, and shall an additional provision be created in that section, to permit pari-mutuel on-track betting in this state as provided by law, but prohibiting state ownership or operation of any facility or enterprise for pari-mutuel betting or leasing by the state of any state-owned land to any other owner or operator for such purposes?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(NOTE: Scored material is added; stricken material is deleted; italics show text created.)
[Article IV] Section 24 (1) The Except as provided in this section, the legislature shall never authorize any lottery or grant any divorce.
(2) Except as the legislature may provide otherwise provided by law, the following activities do not constitute consideration as an element of a lottery:
(a) To listen to or watch a television or radio program.
(b) To fill out a coupon or entry blank, whether or not proof of purchase is required.
(c) To visit a mercantile establishment or other place without being required to make a purchase or pay an admittance fee.
(3) The legislature may authorize the following bingo games licensed by the state, and but all profits shall accrue to the licensed organization and no salaries,fees or profits may be paid to any other organization or person: bingo games operated by religious, charitable, service, fraternal or veterans' organizations or those to which contributions are deductible for federal or state income tax purposes. All profits must inure to the licensed organization and no salaries, fees or profits shall be paid to any other organization or person.<s>
(4) The legislature may authorize the following raffle games licensed by the state, <s>and
but all profits shall accrue to the licensed local organization and no salaries, fees or profits may be paid to any other organization or person: raffle games operated by local religious, charitable, service, fraternal or veterans' organizations or those to which contributions are deductible for federal or state income tax purposes. The legislature shall limit the number of raffles conducted by any such organization. All profits must insure to the licensed local organization and no salaries, fees or profits shall be paid to any other organization or person.
(5) This section shall not prohibit pari-mutuel on-track belling as provided by law. The state may not own or operate any facility or enterprise for pari-mutuel belling, or lease any state-owned land to any other owner or operator for such purposes.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 45 & JR 36 (1985)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 2 & JR 3 (1987)[2]

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