KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gamblers, educators and economic development officials were waiting to see whether Missourians choose to rewrite the state's unique restrictions on casinos.
Proposition A was easily the most controversial of five statewide ballot measures before Missouri voters today. If approved, it would repeal the nation's only loss limit at casinos, cap the licensing of new casinos and raise taxes on existing casinos. Supporters say the proposition would raise more than $100 million a year in additional revenue for schools and local services, as well as protecting thousands of casino-related jobs. Opponents say the measure was designed mostly to help the state's current casinos increase profits and reduce competition from new casinos.
Also on the ballot were:
- A proposed constitutional amendment that would require English be used at all government meetings in the state - from local committees to the state legislature. English would also be the only language for ballots, driver's license exams and other documents.
- Proposition C - the Missouri Clean Energy Initiative - which would require the state's three electric utilities to get 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021. And it would require that any rate increase not exceed 1 percent.
- Proposition B, which would create a Quality Home Health Care Council to oversee and recommend changes in working conditions for home health care workers. It also would allow the workers to unionize, but ban them from striking.
- Another amendment that would change the language in the constitution involving the awarding of state grants and loans for local storm water projects.