2018 Arkansas Ballot Issue 4 – Casino Gaming

(Kristin) Arkansas voters will decide a proposed
constitutional amendment involving casinos. The proposed amendment would allow for casinos
to operate in the state – one at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, one at Southland in West Memphis,
one in Jefferson County and one in Pope County. Applicants interested in casinos in Pope and
Jefferson counties would have to apply for a license and submit a letter of support from
the county judge or quorum court if they want to operate in the county and from the mayor
if they are to locate in city limits. The amendment would put casinos under the
authority of the Arkansas Racing Commission which currently oversees gaming and betting
at the two race parks. The casinos could operate any time of day
and could serve alcohol any time of day. The four casinos would pay a tax to the state,
county, and city where they operate based on how much money they collect in gaming after
players’ winnings are subtracted. Oaklawn and Southland would be also required
to put some of their casino gaming profits toward prizes for horse and greyhound races
known as purses. More information on this issue can be found in our voter guide available at uaex.edu/ballot

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