Group Files Lawsuit Against Arkansas Casino Ballot Measure

A coalition of political groups opposed to legal casinos in Arkansas filed a lawsuit against the state's upcoming casino ballot measure on Monday. Ensuring Akrnasas' Future is asking the state Supreme Court to shut down the proposed constitutional amendment that was approved for the November ballot last week.

The coalition includes the political groups the Family Council Action Committee and the Faith and Ethics Council. Together they are campaigning as Ensuring Arkansas' Future against the measure to legalize casinos. They are urging the Supreme Court to shut the measure down by refusing to cast any votes.

The measure would allow up to four casinos in the state. It approves construction of two new casinos and allows two existing horse and dog racing tracks to add casino gambling to their businesses. The majority of the $2.2 million raised to put the proposal on the ballot was provided by the Quapaw and Cherokee Tribes of Oklahoma.

The legal filing cites multiple lines of the proposal as containing unclear information. It alleges this is intended to mislead voters. The group also takes issue with a line of the proposal that would allow the racetracks to transfer their casino license to any operator with casino experience.

The group's lawsuit is one of many currently pending in the Arkansas Supreme Court over measures on this year's ballot. Other ballot measures being challenged in court include one to raise the state's minimum wage, new term limits for state legislators, and a measure to cap the amount of damages that can be awarded in a civil lawsuit.

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