Ark. Attorney General Rutledge disallows expanded gambling proposal

Ark. Attorney General Rutledge disallows expanded gambling proposal

April 19, 2017 9:44 AM
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again disallowed a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters to approve additional gambling in the state.

This week’s decision is now the fourth time this year that Rutledge has rejected the proposal by Barry Emigh of Hot Springs.

The measure would legalize further gambling options in the state by allowing members of what it calls the Fairplay Holdings Ballot Question Committee to start ballot measures in cities and counties to license casinos and allow the sale of alcohol in the casinos.

Rutledge's decision says popular name of the proposal is too long, the ballot title is "overly long and complicated" and that the proposal fails to say how the Fairplay Holdings Ballot Question Committee would be created or how it would initiate a ballot measure regarding gambling.