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Drive Arkansas Forward propose legalizing casino construction in Arkansas

Drive Arkansas Forward propose legalizing casino construction in Arkansas

The citizens' group Drive Arkansas Forward have proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow development of casinos in Arkansas. The backers had submitted a proposal which was earlier rejected by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on the grounds of language last month.

The revised amendment, called The Arkansas Casino Gaming Amendment of 2018, was filed on February 26 by the citizens' group Drive Arkansas Forward. It would authorize two new casinos in Jefferson County and in Pope County, respectively.

Nate Steel, counsel for Driving Arkansas Forward, said, "We have witnessed in the past, the election cycle has repeated itself and individuals and groups have tried to do this the wrong way."

"The proposal we have submitted is different because it is based on the attorney general's feedback and resubmitted a fair and reasonable ballot measure," he added.

It would allow the voters of Arkansas to expand the gaming industry in a smart and controlled manner for the establishment of a pathway forward for the state in the coming years.

He also said that based upon the advice of Attorney General's comments, they had identified two specific counties in Arkansas that would be eligible for a casino license and the licenses would be awarded through a merit-based process.

The previous proposal suggested the bulk of tax revenues from casino gaming would go for highway needs statewide and would also benefit the counties and cities where the casinos would be located. According to them, the annual tax revenues would exceed $100 million.

If the proposal gets certified by the Attorney General, it would also allow expanded gambling at a greyhound track that already offers video poker and other electronic games.