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A08068 Summary:

Amd Art 1 S9, Constn
Authorizes casino gambling within the state as prescribed by the legislature.
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A08068 Actions:

06/17/2013referred to racing and wagering
06/20/2013reported referred to judiciary
06/20/2013reported referred to rules
06/20/2013rules report cal.670
06/20/2013ordered to third reading rules cal.670
06/21/2013passed assembly
06/21/2013delivered to senate
06/21/2013SUBSTITUTED FOR S5898
06/21/20133RD READING CAL.1594
06/26/2013delivered to secretary of state
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A08068 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Pretlow
  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 regu- lated 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 an 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 Stale 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 gambl- ing, and they are the beneficiaries of the tourism, revenue, and good jobs that could be in New York. It is estimated that over S I billion of economic activity can be gener- ated from casino gaining 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, 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 accom- pany 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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A08068 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2013-2014 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      June 17, 2013
        Introduced  by  M. of A. PRETLOW -- (at request of the Governor) -- read
          once and referred to the Committee on Racing and Wagering
        proposing an amendment to subdivision 1 of section 9 of article 1 of the
          constitution, in relation to casino gambling in the state

     1    Section 1. Resolved (if the Senate  concur),  That  subdivision  1  of
     2  section  9  of  article  1  of  the  constitution  be amended to read as
     3  follows:
     4    1. No law shall be passed abridging the rights of the people peaceably
     5  to assemble and to petition the government, or any  department  thereof;
     6  nor  shall  any  divorce  be  granted  otherwise  than  by  due judicial
     7  proceedings; except as hereinafter provided, no lottery or the  sale  of
     8  lottery  tickets, pool-selling, book-making, or any other kind of gambl-
     9  ing, except lotteries operated by the state  and  the  sale  of  lottery
    10  tickets  in  connection therewith as may be authorized and prescribed by
    11  the legislature, the net proceeds of which shall be applied  exclusively
    12  to  or  in  aid or support of education in this state as the legislature

    13  may prescribe, [and] except pari-mutuel betting on horse races as may be
    14  prescribed by the legislature and from which the state  shall  derive  a
    15  reasonable  revenue  for  the  support  of government, and except casino
    16  gambling at no more than seven facilities as authorized  and  prescribed
    17  by  the legislature shall hereafter be authorized or allowed within this
    18  state; and the  legislature  shall  pass  appropriate  laws  to  prevent
    19  offenses against any of the provisions of this section.
    20    §  2. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the foregoing amendment be
    21  submitted to the people for approval at the general election to be  held
    22  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.
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