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Yankton casino measure falls short in South Dakota Senate

February 25, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State senators have scrapped a measure that would have put a proposed casino complex in a southeastern South Dakota city to a statewide vote.

The chamber voted 22-13 Monday against the measure. The proposed constitutional amendment would have asked voters to give a nonprofit group one gambling license in Yankton.

Supporters said the Port Yankton project is an effort to drive tourism for the city and state.

Native American tribes in Nebraska and South Dakota objected to the plan. Yankton Sioux Tribe Vice Chairman Jason Cooke recently told a committee the measure would be very detrimental to his tribe.

Supporters could still collect signatures to put the casino and entertainment project on the 2020 ballot.