Arkansas: Pope County casino license back in the hands of the Racing Commission

Arkansas: Pope County casino license back in the hands of the Racing Commission

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January 12, 2024 3:57 PM
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The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday it will not rehear a lower court decision that blocked granting of a casino license in Pope County to Cherokee Nation Businesses. The rehearing denial officially sends the license process back to the Arkansas Racing Commission.

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Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox ruled in January 2023 that Arkansas officials “unconstitutionally” granted a casino license to Cherokee Nation Businesses. Gulfside Casino Partnership had appealed a November 2021 decision by the ARC to grant the Pope County license to Cherokee Nation Businesses and its Legends Resort and Casino company.

The Cherokee Nation proposal was approved in a narrow 3-2 Racing Commission vote after the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled ineligible the Gulfside Casino Partnership proposal in late October 2021.