This week, South Dakota News Watch contributing reporter Tom Griffith explores a proposal to expand state legalization of gambling to Yankton, allowing development of a downtown gambling and entertainment complex along the Missouri River.
“Backers of Port Yankton, a proposed gambling and entertainment complex along the Missouri River at Yankton, are betting they can gather the necessary signatures from South Dakota voters to place the issue on the 2020 ballot. Representatives of the Yankton Area Progressive Growth group had hoped the South Dakota Legislature would approve placing the constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot in fall 2018. However, their measure failed in legislative committee earlier this year. To permit gambling in Yankton, the group now must persuade voters to approve the amendment, because current state law allows legalized gambling only in Deadwood and at tribal casinos.”