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Casino proponents back for another try

Backers of an attempt to create the state's first non-tribal casino and entertainment complex, which was rejected by Oregon voters in November 2010, may try their luck again at the next election.

Lake Oswego businessmen Bruce Studer and Matt Rossman are listed as the chief petitioners of the Oregon Job Growth, Education and Communities Fund Act, which has statutory and constitutional components, according to the Oregon Secretary of State's office.

The secretary of state's office website does not yet show the proposed ballot titles for the new initiatives, and signature gathering has yet to begin. East County mayors have said that Rossman and Studer are making the rounds to their offices to talk about their latest effort.

Studer and Rossman had proposed building the complex at the former Multnomah Kennel Club in Wood Village. They said the casino would have had 3,500 electronic slot machines and 150 tables for poker and other games.

According to the project's website, goodfororegon.org, the casino is still planned for the same location.

Oregon voters rejected Measure 75, which would have created a gaming tax on the casino's revenues, by 68 percent in the November 2010 election.

The companion Measure 76, which would have changed the state's constitution to allow a single private casino, did not receive enough valid signatures by the July deadline to qualify for the ballot.

Rossman told The Outlook afterward that they might try again in 2012.