LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A group hoping to keep three casinos out of Arkansas are still pushing to keep Issue 5 off the ballot in November. On Thursday, Protect Arkansas Values - Stop Casinos Now filed a response to the appeal from Arkansas Wins 2016 after the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled the vote would be taken off the ballot in November.
Here's a timeline of events leading up to now:
- June 1st: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge approved Issue 5 for the ballot in November's election.
- September 7th: Protect Arkansas Values, a group of lawmakers, and former leaders filed its first lawsuit against Issue 5 to keep it off the ballot.
- October 13th: Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the casinos would be taken off the ballot.
- October 18th: Arkansas Wins filed an appeal to that decision.
- October 20th: Protect Arkansas Values filed an official response with arguments about why the casinos should stay off the ballot.
Robert Coon, spokesperson for Arkansas Wins 2016, responded saying they disagreed with the previous ruling, believing there's still legal issues that merit a rehearing.
"Our ballot title was approved by the Attorney General's office, and General Rutledge has publicly stated that she stands by her decision to approve it," Coon continued. "As such, we felt it was prudent to ask for a rehearing on behalf of our committee, our supporters, & the more than 100,000 registered Arkansas voters that signed our petitions."
Those against the casinos worry the language of Issue 5 opens the state up for what they call "sports betting".
Read Committee to Protect Arkansas' Values/Stop Casino Now’s entire response here.