Family Council Opposes Amendment to Legalize Casino-Style Games Under Lottery

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. “

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Oklahoma Tribe Wants to Put Casino in Pine Bluff

This week attorneys for the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma submitted an application to the Arkansas Racing Commission to build a casino in Pine Bluff, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The Quapaw Nation currently operates casinos in Oklahoma.

Attorneys for the Quapaw Nation drafted Amendment 100 to the Arkansas Constitution. That amendment made a casino in Pine Bluff possible in the first place.

The Quapaw Nation also spent more than $3.7 million putting Amendment 100 on the ballot and passing it in 2018.

We have said before that Amendment 100’s wording favors wealthy casino corporations who are looking to expand their business to Arkansas. Applicants who want to operate a casino in Arkansas must be able to pay $250,000 in application fees and must have experience operating casinos in other states.

Casinos are a blight on the community. Jefferson County already has enough trouble with poverty as it is. Opening a casino in Pine Bluff simply will compound that problem.

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Quapaw Nation seeks go-ahead for Arkansas casino plans

Bill Filed to Clarify Casino Requirements

Today Sen. Breanne Davis (R – Russellville) filed S.B. 185 closing a potential loophole regarding casinos in Pope and Jefferson counties.

Last November Arkansas passed an amendment to the state constitution effectively converting the race tracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis into full-fledged casinos and permitting casinos in Pope and Jefferson counties, upon approval from local officials and the Arkansas Racing Commission.

The Arkansas Racing Commission is in the process of writing rules for the casinos and the application process companies must follow in applying for a license to operate casinos in those counties.

The outgoing Mayor of Russellville recently expressed support for a casino in the city, prompting questions about whether a local official’s support for a casino expired once he or she left office.

S.B. 185 clarifies that a company applying for a casino license must include a resolution or letter of support from the quorum court or current county judge with the application; if the casino will be located inside city limits, the application must include a letter of support from the current mayor as well.

This will prevent gambling corporations from trying to use the support of former judges or past mayors in their casino applications and make it a little more difficult for them to expand their gambling operations to Arkansas.

You can read S.B. 185 here.

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