A proposal for a ballot initiative that would amend Arkansas’s state Constitution and allow casinos in four counties was rejected on Wednesday by state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
In the AG’s opinion letter, he responds to a request to create a ballot measure titled “An amendment authorizing Nancy Todd’s Poker Palace, LLC to operate casino-style table games in Crittenden, Franklin, Miller and Pulaski Counties; authorizing up to four casinos to operate in Arkansas, one each in the foregoing counties; and authorizing a total of two (2) licensees, one each in Garland County and Crittenden County, to operate up to seventy-five (75) tables of casino-style table games.”
Garland County and Crittenden County are currently home to horse and dog racing tracks where electronic table games are already in place.
McDaniel’s rejection was on the basis of “ambiguities in the text” of the proposal. The measure will likely be revised and resubmitted. The proposal would need to be approved by July 6th, and would require 77,000 signatures on a petition to be placed on the November ballot.