Arkansas voters approved Issue 4 to expand gambling
November 07, 2018 3:01 AM
by Dave Dye
Arkansas voters approved Issue 4 to expand gambling against the wishes of its Republican governor Asa Hutchinson.
Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs and Southland Gaming and Racing in West Memphis will be allowed to offer full-fledged casino gambling to the electronic games currently available at the tracks.
What’s more, licenses will be authorized for a full casino in both Jefferson and Pope county as long as local officials support the move.
“I did not support this initiative, and I continue to have great concern over the immediate and negative impact on the state’s budget,” Hutchinson said in a statement, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “But the people have spoken and I respect their will. Time will tell as to what this means for our state, and it remains to be seen as to whether the communities affected will consent to the gambling initiative.”
Meanwhile, voters in Louisiana approved a law to make online fantasy sports contests legal in 47 of the state’s 64 parishes. It is expected to take several months to sort out the taxing and regulation process, not to mention how it will work with some parishes making it legal and others keeping it illegal