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Kansas Charitable Gaming Measure

Kansas Ballot Measure - SCR 1618

Election: Nov. 4, 2014 (General)
Outcome: Pending

Categories:
Gambling and Gaming
Constitution

Summary

"Explanatory statement. The constitution currently prohibits the operation of lotteries except for specifically authorized lotteries. A raffle is a lottery and is illegal under current law.

"A vote for this proposition would permit the legislature to authorize charitable raffles operated or conducted by religious, charitable, fraternal, educational and veterans nonprofit organization. The legislature would define what constitutes a charitable raffle. Nonprofit organizations would be prohibited from contracting with a professional lottery
vendor to manage, operate or conduct a charitable raffle.

"A vote against this proposition would continue the current prohibition against all raffles."

Measure Text

A PROPOSITION to amend article 15 of the constitution of the state of Kansas by adding a new section thereto, authorizing the legislature to permit the conduct of charitable raffles or other forms of charitable gaming by certain nonprofit organizations.

Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Kansas, two-thirds of the members elected (or appointed) and qualified to the Senate and two-thirds of the members elected (or appointed) and qualified to the House of Representatives concurring therein:

Section 1. The following proposition to amend the constitution of the state of Kansas shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the state for their approval or rejection: Article 15 of the constitution of the state of Kansas is hereby amended by adding a new section thereto to read as follows:

"§ 3d. Regulation, licensing and taxation of "raffles" authorized. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 3 of article 15 of the constitution of the state of Kansas, the legislature may authorize the conduct of charitable raffles, as defined by law, by nonprofit religious, charitable, fraternal, educational and veterans organizations. No such nonprofitorganization shall contract with a professional raffle or other lottery vendor to manage, operate or conduct any raffle."

Sec. 2. The following statement shall be printed on the ballot with the amendment as a whole:

"Explanatory statement. The constitution currently prohibits the operation of lotteries except for specifically authorized lotteries. A raffle is a lottery and is illegal under current law. "A vote for this proposition would permit the legislature to authorize charitable raffles operated or conducted by
religious, charitable, fraternal, educational and veterans nonprofit organization. The legislature would define what constitutes a charitable raffle. Nonprofit organizations would be prohibited from contracting with a professional lottery
vendor to manage, operate or conduct a charitable raffle. "A vote against this proposition would continue the current prohibition against all raffles."

Sec. 3. This resolution, if approved by two-thirds of the members elected (or appointed) and qualified to the Senate, and two-thirds of the members elected (or appointed) and qualified to the House of Representatives shall be entered on the journals, together with the yeas and nays. The secretary of state shall cause this resolution to be published as provided by law and shall cause the proposed amendment to be submitted to the electors of the state at the primary election in August in the year 2014 unless a special election is called at a sooner date by concurrent resolution of the legislature, in which case, it shall be submitted to the electors of the state at the special election.

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