Arkansas ballot committee proposes constitutional amendment that would repeal authorization for casino license in Pope County

Arkansas ballot committee proposes constitutional amendment that would repeal authorization for casino license in Pope County

Article brief provided by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 19, 2024 7:36 PM

A ballot committee calling itself Local Voters in Charge submitted to Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin’s office a proposed constitutional amendment Friday that would repeal the Arkansas Racing Commission’s authority to issue a casino license in Pope County under Amendment 100 to the Arkansas Constitution.

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The proposed constitutional amendment also would require local voter approval in a countywide special election for any new casino licenses in Arkansas.

Under the proposed constitutional amendment, the Arkansas Racing Commission would no longer be required to award a casino license to an applicant for a casino in Pope County within two miles of the city limits of the county seat.