Arkansas Attorney General reject's casino amendment wording

Mar 14, 2018 9:01 AM

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in the state. State law requires the attorney general to approve the language of any constitutional amendment before voters may consider it.

The proposal generally called for expanded gaming at the state’s two current electronic casinos while allowing new casinos in Jefferson and Pope county locations. Driving Arkansas Forward, the group behind the proposed gambling expansion, says it will re-submit the proposed amendment in the near future and then, if it is approved, launch a petition campaign to get it on the ballot.

Rutledge, in rejecting the wording, said it could mislead voters and there were "ambiguities" in the text. She also noted the amendment legalizes sports betting and wagering on "other events" but isn't specific about what those events might be.  She said it is also unclear if Oaklawn in Hot Springs and Southland in West Memphis, the two current electronic casino operators, could operate more than one casino in their respective counties.