The measure authorized establishing a facility licensed as a pari-mutuel facility that had state-operated video lottery games and casino gaming. Question 1 required that the state receive 15.5 percent of table games and 61 percent of video lottery terminal revenues. In addition, the measure allowed Tiverton to keep one percent of table game and 1.45 percent of video lottery terminal revenues, and to be guaranteed at least $3 million annually, with any discrepancies to be paid out of the state's share. River casino.
The question was designed to be approved by voters statewide and voters in Tiverton.
Text of measure
The question appeared on the ballot as follows:
The text of the measure can be found here.
Yes on Question 1/Citizens to Create Jobs and Protect Revenue Inc. led the support campaign for Question 1.
The Yes on Question 1 campaign website listed the following partners for its coalition:
Laurie White, President of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
George Nee, President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO
Rhode Island House Majority Leader John DeSimone said:
The Yes on Question 1 campaign website listed the following as arguments in favor of the measure:
Interfaith Clergy of Tiverton and Little Compton
Stop Predatory Gambling
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No Tiverton Casino published the following argument regarding a potential casino in Tiverton:
In a guest commentary for Herald News, Johne E. Higginbotham, the rector of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Tiverton, and the Interfaith Clergy of Tiverton and Little Compton gave the following reasons to oppose Question 1:
Arlene Violet, an attorney and former state attorney general, wrote the following in a 2015 editorial:
Casinos across the states
The American Gaming Association produced data on commercial casinos, which included land-based, riverboat, dockside, and racetrack casinos, for the year 2012. The table below compares the number of casinos, total commercial casino revenue, total tax revenue, tax revenue as a percentage of total revenue, total employee wages, and employee wages per capita for each state with operating commercial casinos. Native American-owned casinos were excluded from AGA's calculations.
According to the most recent campaign finance report, filed December 8, 2016, Citizens to Create Jobs and Protect Revenue, Inc. had raised $4,845,015.31. All contributions, including $107,605.60 in in-kind contributions, were made by Twin River Management Group, Inc.
As of December 12, 2016, no committees had registered in opposition to Question 1. If you know of campaign finance information that should be posted here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Herald News editorial board said the following in support of Question 1:
The Herald News board published another support editorial for Question 1 on November 3, 2016.
The Providence Journal editorial board said the following in support Question 1:
The editorial board followed up its March editorial with a support editorial published on October 11, 2016.
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Path to the ballot
A majority vote in both chambers of the Rhode Island Legislature was required to refer the bill to the ballot.
On March 2, 2016, the Rhode Island House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 2081, with 69 representatives voting "yea" and four voting "nay." The Rhode Island Senate approved the measure the next day, with 33 senators voting "yea" and two voting "nay." The Rhode Island Governor signed the legislation for the measure on March 4, 2016.
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Presidential Voting Pattern
The percentages below show Rhode Island voter preference in general election presidential races.
Rhode Island vote percentages
2012: 62.7% Democratic / 35.2% Republican
2008: 63.1% Democratic / 35.2% Republican
2004: 59.4% Democratic / 38.7% Republican
2000: 61% Democratic / 31.9% Republican
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2012: 51.1% Democratic / 47.2% Republican
2008: 52.9% Democratic / 45.7% Republican
2004: 48.3% Democratic / 50.7% Republican
2000: 48.4% Democratic / 47.9% Republican
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