On August 30 the group Arcade Arkansas filed an amendment to legalize coin-operated machines under the auspices of the Arkansas Lottery.
Family Council President Jerry Cox issued a statement saying,
“This amendment will bring casino-type gambling machines into convenience stores and eating places all over Arkansas. It will turn the corner convenience store into a casino and create hangouts where people can gamble 24 hours a day. This amendment is not about helping students or veterans. This amendment allocates absolutely no money for scholarships or veterans. Instead, it turns all the money over to Arkansas’ failing lottery. It allows up to 15,000 gambling machines with little or no oversight to prevent fraud. The state of Georgia has spent years trying to dig itself out of the crime these machines and their owners brought to the state. “