Bill S5898-2013

Authorizes casino gambling within the state as prescribed by the legislature

Authorizes casino gambling within the state as prescribed by the legislature.

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  • Jun 21, 2013: SUBSTITUTED BY A8068
  • Jun 21, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1594
  • Jun 19, 2013: REFERRED TO RULES

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BILL NUMBER:S5898

TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to subdivision 1 of section 9 of article 1 of the constitution, in relation to casino gambling in the state

Purpose:

To provide for the authorization of commercial casino gambling in New York State.

Summary of provisions:

Article 1, Section 9 of the State Constitution would be amended to authorize no more than eight and no fewer than three casinos to be regulated by the State.

Existing Law:

Article 1, Section 9 of the State Constitution generally proscribes all gambling except for four exceptions. These four exceptions are:

(1) pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing; (2) State lotteries; (3) bingo conducted by certain charitable, non-profit and religious organizations; and (4) games of chance conducted by these same charitable, non-profit, and religious organizations.

Justification:

Casino gaming has significant potential to be a major economic engine for New York State and the fact is that gaming already exists throughout the State but the State is unable to fully capitalize on it. Native Americans have five casinos and there are nine racinos at the racetracks in New York State. New York is also surrounded by gambling. States and Canadian provinces just across its borders have legalized casino gambling, and they are the beneficiaries of the tourism, revenue, and good jobs that could be in New York.

It is estimated that over $1 billion of economic activity can be generated from casino gaming and passing a Constitutional amendment would allow New York to maximize opportunities. Limiting casino gambling to no more than seven facilities guarantees there will not be an excessive proliferation of casinos within New York State.

Legislative History:

In 2012, this resolution passed both houses of the Legislature and if approved this year, will go to the public for a vote in the general election to be held in 2013.

Budget Implications:

There are no immediate budget implications since the Constitutional amendment cannot go into effect until January 1, 2014. Future budget implications would depend on the enabling legislation that would accompany passage of the amendment.

Effective Date:

Constitutional amendments require the passage of a concurrent resolution by two separately elected Legislatures and subsequent approval by the voters. As a result, the amendment could not take effect until January 1, 2014.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5898 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 19, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- (at request of the Governor) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to subdivision 1 of section 9 of article 1 of the constitution, in relation to casino gambling in the state Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That subdivision 1 of section 9 of article 1 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: 1. No law shall be passed abridging the rights of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government, or any department thereof; nor shall any divorce be granted otherwise than by due judicial proceedings; except as hereinafter provided, no lottery or the sale of lottery tickets, pool-selling, book-making, or any other kind of gambl- ing, except lotteries operated by the state and the sale of lottery tickets in connection therewith as may be authorized and prescribed by the legislature, the net proceeds of which shall be applied exclusively to or in aid or support of education in this state as the legislature may prescribe, [and] except pari-mutuel betting on horse races as may be prescribed by the legislature and from which the state shall derive a reasonable revenue for the support of government, AND EXCEPT CASINO GAMBLING AT NO MORE THAN SEVEN FACILITIES AS AUTHORIZED AND PRESCRIBED BY THE LEGISLATURE shall hereafter be authorized or allowed within this state; and the legislature shall pass appropriate laws to prevent offenses against any of the provisions of this section. S 2. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendment be submitted to the people for approval at the general election to be held in the year 2013 in accordance with the provisions of the election law. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD89106-01-3

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