John Bonacic, pictured here with Mary Wawro of
Saugerties, has offered a bill in the State Senate
that would open New York State to casino gambling
without the Native American reservation restrictions.
It may be time we actually think about this.
Way to go John!
Here is the Bill as posted:
BILL NUMBER:S6734 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: Provides 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 allow no more than seven casinos as
authorized and prescribed by the legislature. 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 gaining 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.
In fact, New York State now has more than 29,000
electronic gambling machines; More than Atlantic City
and more than any state in the Northeast or Midwest. New York State is also surrounded by gambling.
States & Canadian provinces just across the State's
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. Passing
a Constitutional amendment would allow New York to
maximize opportunities. Limiting casino gambling to
between three and eight facilities guarantees there
will not be an excessive proliferation of casinos
within New York State. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Over the past 40 yrs, numerous resolutions have been
introduced to amend the Constitution in New York
to authorize commercial casino gambling.
None of these proposals have achieved the required second passage by the legislature and have never
been subject to a vote of the electorate.
In 2011, Assembly Bill No.3293/Senate Bill No. 3326,
Assembly Bill No. 3605/Senate Bill No. 3327, and
Assembly Bill No. 6753 were introduced to authorize
casino gambling. None of the bills were acted on. 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.