INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 13
SPONSOR: Elizabeth Stoner, Route 3 Box 246, Eupora, MS 39744;
SUBJECT MATTER: Gaming
BALLOT TITLE: Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to prohibit
gambling and gaming, including lotteries?
BALLOT SUMMARY: This amendment would prohibit gambling and gaming,
including lotteries, within the State of Mississippi. Charitable bingo and
raffles for nonprofit civic, educational, wildlife conservation or religious
organizations are exempt from this prohibition. Existing gaming establishments
would have two years from the effective date of this amendment to cease
activities. The Legislature could not propose a repeal of the amendment except
after four years from the date of its enactment, and upon every fourth year
ORIGINAL FILING: July 10, 1998
STATUS: Ruled unconstitutional by Hinds County Circuit Judge James E.
Graves, Jr., August 14, 1998
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are
prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office. Initiative petitions are
valid for one year. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative petition to
be sufficient a minimum of 91,673 certified signatures must be gathered; with at
least 18,355 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts.
The number of signatures required represents 12% of the total number of votes
cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. All signatures on
the petition must be certified by county Circuit Clerks as those of registered
For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the
Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273; and Miss. Code Ann., Sections
23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).