The winning candidates from last week’s elections have to wait until the Secretary of State’s Office certifies the results of the voting before their victories move from the unofficial to the official category, but an initiative approved by voters is already in effect. It’s Proposition A – the initiative to do away with casino loss limits and, in turn, to increase the amount of casino dollars going to public schools.
Mike Winter, Executive Director of the Missouri Gaming Association – which represents the casinos operating in the state – says the Secretary of State has already determined that the initiative was approved and should be implemented, and the State Gaming Commission confirmed that on Friday. By Friday afternoon, the casinos throughout the state were already doing away with the need for the machines to operate through use of the player’s cards.
Approval also caps the number of casinos in the state at 13 – the existing 12 plus one under construction in St. Louis County.