LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' attorney general has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would allow up to three casinos in the state to raise money for highways.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Thursday cited ambiguities in the proposed constitutional amendment submitted earlier this month by Driving Arkansas Forward, a group formed to campaign for the measure.
The proposal calls for 65 percent of casino tax revenue to go toward highway funding.
Rutledge must approve the measure's language before supporters can gather signatures to try and place it on the November ballot.
An attorney for the group said it planned to submit a new version of the proposal within the next week that would address Rutledge's concerns.
Family Council President Jerry Cox issued a statement that said in part:
“I am glad Attorney General Rutledge rejected this measure. This amendment is so bad it’s hard to know where to begin. Casinos prey on the poor, but this amendment deliberately builds casinos in some of Arkansas’ poorest counties. In fact, it actually prohibits casinos in prosperous counties in central and northwest Arkansas. Why would they want to put casinos in the poorest parts of the state? That’s just going to entice poor people to gamble away what little money they have.”
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