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SPONSOR: Elizabeth Stoner, 2139 Caledonia Steens Road, Caledonia, Mississippi, 39740

SUBJECT MATTER: Gaming/Gambling

PROPOSED BALLOT TITLE: Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to prohibit gambling and gaming, including lotteries?

PROPOSED 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 would be required to enact laws to enforce this amendment.

ORIGINAL FILING: March 24, 1999

STATUS: Ruled unconstitutional by Hinds County Circuit Judge James E. Graves, Jr., May 6, 1999

Initiative Information

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 Mississippi voters.

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).