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November 29, 2007
SALEM, OR - Two Lake Oswego residents, Bruce Studer and Matt Rossman, want voter
approval to build a commercial casino complex in Wood Village near Gresham. The
location will be the former Multnomah Kennel Club at 223rd Avenue.
They propose a 175,000-square-foot resort casino would include a hotel,
restaurants, and a theater. It would be bigger than the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
and create 3,000 jobs. The project design and financial backers will be
disclosed next month.
The two proponents of this plan have filed three initiatives with the secretary
of state on November 21st for inclusion on the November 2008 ballot. These are
initiatives 140, 141, and 142. If the petitions are approved by the secretary, a
signature drive can begin to secure the minimum number of required signatures
before early July.
To get an initiative on the ballot to change state law requires 6 percent of the
2006 total vote for governor, or 82,769 signatures. To get a constitutional
amendment on the ballot requires 8 percent, or 110,358 signatures.
Voter approval also requires a separate approval by a majority of Wood Village
Oregon has nine casinos, which are all owned by Indian tribes - Coquille, Siletz,
Grande Ronde and Klamath. These tribes have traditionally opposed and fought all
efforts for commercial casinos.
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