Last week Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge rejected a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing casinos in Arkansas.
The A.G. called the proposal’s ballot title, “very confusing to the point of being nonsensical.”
As far as we can tell, the proposal effectively would have allowed casinos in any municipality with a population greater than 20,000 people.
This is not the first time efforts have been made to bring casino gambling to Arkansas. In 2005 the Arkansas Legislature passed legislation paving the way for “electronic games of skill” at Arkansas’ racetracks; these games look and function much like traditional casino games.
Constitutional amendments legalizing casino gambling elsewhere in Arkansas have been proposed almost every election year–including last year.
There are no two ways about it: Gambling is a blight on the community; we have seen time and time again how it hurts families and ruins lives. That’s why we oppose any effort to expand gambling in Arkansas.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.