Arkansas: Pope County chief executive asks county board to remain neutral in legal fight over casino license

Arkansas: Pope County chief executive asks county board to remain neutral in legal fight over casino license

Article brief provided by Arkansas Advocate
  • Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Advocate
November 2, 2023 8:38 PM

Pope County Judge Ben Cross will ask the county quorum court Thursday for neutrality in the ongoing legal debate over which company should receive a license to open a Russellville casino.

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Last week, the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that stripped the license from a Cherokee Nation Businesses partnership. Cross responded by sending the Arkansas Racing Commission a letter in support of CNB, as required for casino license applicants by Amendment 100 to the state Constitution.

Cross said in a Tuesday news release that he hopes the Pope County Quorum Court will pass a resolution he plans to introduce.