Backers hoping to build a Las Vegas-style casino at a former greyhound track east of Portland are starting out of the gate slowly in their effort to make the November ballot. They hope to coax Oregon voters to amend the state constitution to allow a single private casino in the state, at the former Multnomah Kennel Club in Wood Village.
Backers also propose a second initiative to dedicate money to education and children’s health care — which could sweeten the pot for state voters.
Initiative experts said it’s getting late to gather the necessary petition signatures by the July 3 deadline, only 11 weeks away. But, it’s still possible, given the money a gaming company could spend gathering signatures. The Oregon Family Council set the modern-day record when it gathered more than 200,000 signatures in six weeks to put a gay-marriage ban on the 2004 ballot.