The Oregon Constitution currently prohibits the Legislative Assembly from authorizing a casino to operate in this state and for the provisions of this Ballot Measure that relate to gambling to become operative, the Constitution also must be amended. Ballot Measure 83 (IRR 36), also on this ballot, would amend the Constitution to allow these provisions to become operative. Ballot Measure yy authorizes the operation of a casino at the former Multnomah Kennel Club located in Wood Village. Under this measure, the owner of the former Multnomah Kennel Club property, or the person that the owner authorizes to oversee the operation of the games, must apply to the Oregon State Lottery Commission for a license to operate the games. To qualify for a license, the applicant must be a taxable corporation incorporated in Oregon, invest at least $250 million in the development of a destination entertainment and casino complex on the former Multnomah Kennel Club property and meet certain other criteria contained in Ballot Measure 83 (IRR 36). A license is issued for 15 years and must be renewed for 15 years if the licensee continues to meet the qualifications for licensure. The measure also requires licensing of persons who are employed to operate or maintain the games, or who are employed to perform certain other duties related to the operation or maintenance of the games. The owner of the former Multnomah Kennel Club property, or the person that the owner authorizes to oversee the operation of the casino, must make a monthly payment to the Oregon State Lottery Commission. These monthly payments must total 25 percent of the adjusted gross revenues received from the games during the preceding month. The commission must deposit 80 percent of each payment into the Oregon State Lottery Fund and 20 percent into the Oregon Job Growth, Education and Communities Fund, a dedicated fund established by Ballot Measure 83. Moneys deposited into the Oregon Job Growth, Education and Communities Fund must be allocated to the Oregon Department of Administrative Services for making payments to Wood Village, Oregon and Multnomah County in which the former Multnomah Kennel Club property is located, to Fairview, Gresham, and Troutdale, Oregon that adjoin the former Multnomah Kennel Club property and to federally recognized Indian tribes located within Oregons borders. Moneys also must be allocated to the Department of State Police for deposit in the State Police Account and the Oregon Health Authority for deposit in the Problem Gambling Treatment Fund.
Authorizes privately-owned Wood Village casino; mandates percentage of revenues payable to dedicated state fund.
Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote authorizes a single privately-owned casino in Wood Village; requires casino to give percentage of monthly revenue to State Lottery for specified purposes
Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote maintains current state of the law, which does not authorize any privately-owned casino within state; tribal casinos authorized pursuant to gaming compacts.