We Won’t Go Quietly on “Q”

gamblingIn the upcoming election, as you get your ballot in hand, you will find that the gaming industry would very much like for you to literally amend the South Dakota constitution to allow them to once again expand the reach of gambling. FHA Action isn’t going to be quiet on this one because it makes us a bit queasy. Below, find our prepared statement on the issue!

A “NO” vote on Amendment Q will slow the almost constant expansion of gambling in the state of South Dakota.

Currently, in the state of South Dakota, roulette, keno, and craps are not permitted, but limited card games and slot machines are permitted in Deadwood. Also, a sixty percent super majority vote by Deadwood city voters is required to approve a piece of legislation allowing a gambling facility. This proposed amendment to the constitution will change this, permitting the state legislature to authorize roulette, keno, and craps. Whereas in most cases, free market should be the primary regulator of business, in the case of an industry that generates so much addiction, societal ills, and even suicide, this should not be the case regarding the gambling industry. For instance, The National Council on Problem Gaming (NCPG) estimates that among South Dakotans, there are 18,000 adult gambling addictions which inflicts on the citizens of the state a whopping annual cost of almost $16 million. The NCPG also estimates that one in five problem gamblers will attempt suicide, putting this statistic at about twice the suicide rate of other addictions.

In addition to the proposed authorization to add roulette, keno, and craps, Amendment Q also proposes a potentially detrimental provision. The amendment would remove the mandatory super majority described above, which serves to provide the people of Deadwood with the power to impede the constant advance of gambling in their city.

Do your part to help slow the expansion of gambling in South Dakota. Vote “NO” on amendment Q.

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