Proposal to allow private casinos makes Oregon ballot

Proposal to allow private casinos makes Oregon ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A proposal to allow private casinos in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot.
   
The Secretary of State's Office certified the measure on Friday.  It would amend the Oregon constitution to allow nontribal casinos with some restrictions, including a statewide vote to approve each one.
   
The measure is sought by two Lake Oswego businessmen and a Canadian investment firm that want to build a casino outside Portland.  Elections officials are still reviewing signatures on a separate ballot measure that would ratify their specific proposal in Wood Village.
   
Proponents say the casino would create jobs and generate revenue for schools, but critics say it would take gambling dollars from tribal casinos and the Oregon Lottery.

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