"It means Missouri can finally compete for casino visitors and revenues on a level playing field with neighboring states, and it means there will be more revenues to help fund elementary and secondary education from the gaming tax paid by casinos."
Currently, Missouri requires gamblers who lose up to $500 in two hours to wait until the next two-hour "excursion" before buying up to $500 more in chips or tokens.
Supporters of Proposition A argued that Missouri lost gambling revenue to neighboring states that don't have the loss limits. And they noted that the initiative would raise needed revenue for the state's schools without raising anyone's taxes.
Opponents contended the measure was designed to help the state's current casinos increase profits and reduce competition from new casinos. They also said the loss limits reduced problem gambling and gambling-related crime.
A spokesman for Casino Watch, the main opponent of the measure, did not return a phone call from The Associated Press Tuesday night.
• Voters also agreed to amend the Missouri Constitution to make English the state's official language for all government proceedings. Amendment 1 prohibits using any other language in all government meetings, as well as on ballots, driver's license exams and other documents.
• Another amendment that changes part of the constitution that permits the awarding of state grants and loans for local storm water projects also passed.
• And two other initiatives — one requiring the state's three electric utilities to increase the use of renewable sources and another that created a state council to oversee the work of some home health care workers — also passed.
Proposition C, the Missouri Clean Energy Initiative, will require the state's three electric utilities to get 15% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021. It would require that any rate increase not exceed 1%. With 98% of the votes in, the proposition had 62% of the vote.
Also approved by voters was Proposition B, which will create a Quality Home Health Care Council to oversee and recommend changes in working conditions for home health care workers. It also will allow the workers to unionize, but ban them from striking. It had 75% of the vote with 98% of the precincts reporting.
• A proposed constitutional amendment that involves the awarding of state grants and loans for local storm water projects passed with 58% of the vote with 98% of precincts reporting. The amendment removes a cap on how much money the Legislature can make available for storm-water projects and removes restrictions on how the money is spent.
Contributing: Associated Press