Colorado Gambling Ballot Measures

  • Colorado Amendment C Results: Passed 51.9% - 48.1%
  • Colorado Amendment 77 Results: Passed 60.1% - 39.9%

Colorado residents may vote on two separate gambling ballot measures: Amendment C and Amendment 77.

Amendment C

What is Amendment C?

  • Titled the “Charitable Bingo and Raffle Amendment”, Amendment C is a constitutional amendment proposed by the legislature.

Where did Amendment C originate?

  • Amendment originated as HCR 20-1001: a house concurrent resolution proposed by the CO legislature in the 2020 legislative session. The resolution passed through both chambers with little opposition.

What does Amendment C intend?

  • Amendment C intends to ease restrictions on the operation of bingo and raffle gaming events hosted by non-profit and charity organizations.

What does Amendment C change?

  • Amendment C changes two things.
    • It allows charity and nonprofit organizations to apply for bingo and raffle gaming licenses after 3 years instead of 5.
    • It allows licensed charities and nonprofits to hire employees from outside the organization for raffle and bingo events, instead of being restricted to solely volunteers.

Amendment C requires a supermajority of 55% to pass.

Amendment 77

What is Amendment 77?

  • Titled “Allow Voters in Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek to Expand Game Types and Single Bets Initiative”, Amendment 77 is a citizen’s initiative to propose a constitutional amendment.

Where did Amendment 77 originate?

  • Amendment 77 originated outside of the legislature. It was sponsored by former Cripple Creek Mayor Bruce Brown and former Colorado Senate President Bill Chadman. The two gained enough supports, through petition signatures, to place Amendment 77 on the ballot.

What does Amendment 77 intend?

  • The amendment intends to remove the cap on wagers and remove restrictions on the types of gambling games available for licensed operators in the cities of Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek.

What does Amendment 77 change?

  • Currently gambling in CO is legal only in the abovementioned cities. Any changes to the gambling model require a statewide vote.
  • Amendment 77 removes that requirement and gives voters of the legal gambling cities the authority to decide on two things:
    • 1) What the cap on single bet wagers are (currently capped at $100), and
    • 2) What games the casinos may offer (currently restricted to slots, blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette).

Amendment 77 requires a simple majority of 50% to pass.

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Louisiana Gambling Ballot Measures

  • Louisiana Act 215 Results: 56 Parishes Approve, 8 Parishes Disapprove
  • Approved: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Cameron, Claiborne, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Richland, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John The Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana
  • Disapproved: Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll, Winn

Louisiana residents may vote on the gambling ballot measure Act 215.

Act 215

What is Act 215?

  • Titled “Proposition to Authorize Sports Wagering Activities”, Act 215 is a ballot proposition to amend the LA constitution.

Where did Act 215 originate?

  • Act 215 began as SB 130, a senate bill sponsored by Senator Cameron Henry and passed in the 2020 legislative session with a two-thirds majority.

What does Act 215 intend?

  • Act 215 intends to give LA’s individual parishes the opportunity to vote for legal sports wagering within their respective parishes. To illustrate, only member of parish A will vote on whether to legalize sports betting within parish A.

What does Act 215 change?

  • Act 215 changes how LA residents vote for sports wagering. Under Act 215, any parish that passes the proposition with a two-thirds majority vote can legally allow sports betting through any system or method of wagering.
  • Act 215 gives the Louisiana Gaming Control Board regulatory and licensing authority over all aspects of sports wagering within parishes.

Maryland Gambling Ballot Measures

  • Maryland Question 2 Results: Passed 66.5% - 33.5%

Maryland residents may vote on the gambling ballot measure Question 2.

What is Question 2?

  • Titled “Expansion of Commercial Gaming – Referendum – Sports Wagering”, Question 2 is a legislatively proposed referendum.

Where did Question 2 originate?

  • Question 2 was originally SB 58, a senate bill sponsored by MD Senator Chris West. Sb 58 passed through the legislature in the 2020 session.

What does Question 2 intend?

  • Question 2 intends to allow the State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission to issue sports wagering licenses.
  • Question 2 intends to create a revenue stream from sports wagering activities for public education and other purposes at the discretion of the legislature.

What does Question 2 change?

  • Question 2 changes the legality of sports wagering in MD. Licenses will only be given to the following:
    • Video sports lottery license holders
    • Thoroughbred racing license holders
    • Harness racing license holders

Nebraska Gambling Ballot Measures

  • Nebraska Initiative 429 Results: Passed 64.9% - 35.1%
  • Nebraska Initiative 430 Results: Passed 64.9% - 35.1%
  • Nebraska Initiative 431 Results: Passed 68.6% - 31.4%

Nebraskans may vote on three related gambling ballot measures: Initiatives 429, 430 and 431.

Initiative 429

What is Initiative 429?

  • Titled the “Authorize Laws for Gambling at Racetracks Amendment”, Initiative 429 is proposed a constitutional amendment.

Where did Initiative 429 originate?

  • Initiative 429, along with 430 and 431, originated outside of the legislature. As a ballot initiative, the organization Keep the Money in Nebraska petitioned 480,000 Nebraskan signatures, and won a Nebraska Supreme Court appeal, to place Initiatives 429-431 on the 2020 ballot.

What does Initiative 429 intend?

  • Initiative 429 intends to remove the restrictions on creating legislation for the authorization and regulation of games of chance by gaming operators of Nebraskan racetracks.

What does Initiative 429 change?

  • Initiative 429 changes the part of the Nebraskan Constitution that outlaws gambling, save for the state lottery, raffles, and bingo.

Initiative 430

What is Initiative 430?

  • Titles the “Authorizing Gambling at Racetracks Initiative”, Initiative 430 is an initiated state statute and a continuation of Initiative 429.

What does Initiative 430 intend?

  • Initiative 430 intends to enact a statute that allows licensed gaming operators in Nebraskan racetracks to conduct games of chance. It establishes the Nebraska Gaming Commission as the regulatory body over gaming operators.

What does Initiative 430 change?

  • Initiative 429 amends the state constitution to allow the enactment Initiative 430. Initiative 430 legalizes gambling in Nebraskan racetracks.

Initiative 431

What is Initiative 431?

  • Titles the “Tax on Gambling at Racetracks Initiative”, Initiative 431 is an initiated state statute and continuation of Initiatives 429 and 430.

What does Initiative 431 intend?

  • Initiative 431 intends to impose a 20% tax on all gambling revenues generated by licensed racetracks offering games of chance.
  • Initiative 431 defines gross revenue as the amount of total money gambled minus the amount won and takes into account federal taxes and promotional offers.

What does Initiative 431 change?

  • Initiative 431 changes how the Nebraska Gaming Commission taxes racetrack gambling operators:
    • 70% to Property Tax Credit Cash Fund
    • 25% to the municipalities in which the racetracks operate
    • 5% to the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund
    • 5% to the General Fund

South Dakota Gambling Ballot Measures

  • South Dakota Amendment B Results: Passed 58.5% - 41.5%

South Dakotans may vote on one gambling ballot measure: Amendment B

What is Amendment B?

  • Titles the “Deadwood Sports Betting Legalization Amendment”, Amendment B is a legislatively sponsored constitutional amendment.

Where did Amendment B originate?

  • Amendment B originated as JR 501, a joint resolution introduced in the 2020 legislative session and sponsored by SD Senator Robert Ewing. JR 501 passed through both chambers and will appear as Amendment B on the 2020 ballot.

What does Amendment B intend?

  • Amendment B intends to change the SD constitution to give the legislature power to authorize wagering on sporting events within the city limits of Deadwood.

What does Amendment B change?

  • Amendment B changes the SD constitution in a few ways.
  • Currently the constitution only allows casinos within Deadwood to offer only roulette, keno, craps, limited card games, and slot machines. Amendment B includes sports wagering in that list.
  • It also allows sports wagering to be offered in on-reservation Tribal Casinos. Any change to gambling in Deadwood applies to tribal reservations under Federal law.

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