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Albion proposition asks voters to allow games of chance

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 November 2017 at 11:30 am

Ballot includes 3 state-wide propositions, including Constitutional Convention

There are three state-wide propositions on the ballot today, and there is also one specific to the Town of Albion, which is asking voters if a local law should be enacted to allow games of chance.

Albion is seeking voters’ approval for games of chance so the American Legion can provide games of chance, including Bell Jar games, where people draw a card from a jar, vending machine or other suitable device or container. The winning Bell Jar ticket is turned in for a monetary prize. Bell Jars are typically sold for 25¢, 50¢, $1 and $2 and have prizes as high as $500.

The Legion used to be located in the village on Main Street and needed a permit for games of chance from the village. Now that the Legion moved outside the village to the former Pap Pap’s Par 3 golf course on Gaines Basin Road, it needs to get a local permit from the town.

The state-wide propositions include:

• Proposal 1: would call for a constitutional convention to explore proposals for changes to the state constitution.

• Proposal 2: would allow judges to reduce or revoke the state pension of a public officer convicted of a felony related to his or her duties.

• Proposal 3: would create a 250-acre land bank, which would allow local governments to request forest preserve land for projects in exchange for the state acquiring 250 acres for the forest preserves. The amendment would allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lines to be located within the width of specified highways that cross a forest preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation.

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