This week a group working to legalize four casinos in Arkansas submitted additional petition signatures to place their proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
Watch the video below to learn more.
The group Driving Arkansas Forward has unveiled a new ad asking people to sign its petition to put a casino measure on the ballot.
The proposed constitutional amendment would authorize casinos in four Arkansas counties. The group reportedly is working with the Quapaw Tribe that operates casinos in Oklahoma.
Casino gambling is linked to homelessness, domestic violence, divorce, and bankruptcy. It’s a blight on the community. Whatever money the state gains in tax revenue from casinos is spent trying to repair all the damage gambling does.
Arkansas already has enough problems from gambling. We don’t need any more.
You can see the pro-casino ad below.
Recently we have written about efforts by the Quapaw Tribe in Oklahoma and the group Driving Arkansas Forward to build casinos in Arkansas.
Under their proposed constitutional amendment, four casinos would be authorized in Garland, Crittenden, Pope, and Jefferson counties. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected wording for the proposal multiple times, citing ambiguities in the measure’s ballot title.
This week the group asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to approve the measure’s wording and let them start gathering petition signatures to place the casino amendment on the 2018 ballot — despite the fact the Attorney General’s office has said the measure’s wording is deficient.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports lawyers for Driving Arkansas Forward told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the A.G. has abused her duties in failing to approve the casino amendment.
I am not aware of any past group sidestepping the Arkansas Attorney General’s office this way. Instead of working with the A.G. to write an unambiguous ballot proposal — the way pas groups have done — Driving Arkansas Forward is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to usurp the Attorney General’s authority.
Casino gambling is linked to homelessness, domestic violence, divorce, and bankruptcy. It’s a blight on the community. Arkansas already has enough problems from gambling. We don’t need any more.
The Attorney General was right to reject this casino proposal; the Arkansas Supreme Court should do the same.