Non-tribal casino fails, annual Legislature wins approval

Oregon voters turned back a proposal tonight to build a casino outside Portland, rejecting the bid for the state's first non-tribal gambling facility.

The casino measure was the most high-profile of seven measures on Oregon's ballot. A Canadian investment firm sunk $2 million into a campaign asking voters to create a single exception to Oregon's ban on private casinos.

Toronto-based Clairvest Group Inc., had planned to bankroll the $250 million casino and entertainment venue at the site of the former Multnomah Kennel Club in Wood Village.

Vocal opponents said the casino would take money out of Oregon while harming the state lottery and taking business from tribal casinos that rely on gambling income to pay for government services.

Voters also approved a ballot measure requiring the Legislature to meet every year and another making low-interest home loans available to more military veterans.

The fate of other measures remained uncertain, including a proposal to boost the mandatory minimum sentences for repeat drunken drivers and some of the most violent sex offenders.

The measure is the latest proposal by Salem lawyer and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix, who successfully pushed Measure 11 creating tough mandatory sentences for violent offenders in 1994.

- The Associated Press

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