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Amendment would prohibit initiatives that might cost state major money

Proposal would block anti-gambling initiatives

The proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw gaming could be pre-empted by another constitutional amendment prohibiting ballot initiatives that would cost the state more than 1% of its operating budget.

Two Biloxi politicians, state Rep. Michael Janus and Biloxi City Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick, have proposed a constitutional amendment that they want put before voters in November 1999. Janus said he will ask lawmakers to consider the proposal when the Legislature convenes next January.

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