Arkansas Voters Legalize Casinos in 4 Counties

by Associated Press  on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 7:20 am   1 min read

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas voters have approved a measure legalizing casinos in four counties, including at a horse track and dog track that already offer video poker and other electronic gambling.

Voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment that allows the casinos at the Southland dog track in West Memphis and the Oaklawn horse track in Hot Springs. The measure also legalizes casinos in Pope and Jefferson counties.

The Cherokee and Quapaw tribes in Oklahoma spent more than $4 million combined campaigning for the measure, which supporters have touted as a way to keep gambling revenue in Arkansas. The state Supreme Court last month rejected two lawsuits that tried to get the proposal disqualified from the ballot.

Below, Arkansas Business' Lance Turner and THV 11 News' Amanda Jaeger talk to Nate Steel of Driving Arkansas Forward about the election win:

Proposals to raise Arkansas' minimum wage and put a voter ID requirement in the state's constitution passed as well.

The initiative approved Tuesday would raise Arkansas' minimum wage gradually from $8.50 an hour to $11.

The voter ID measure adds the requirement to show photo identification to the list of qualifications to vote in Arkansas. Arkansas already has a voter ID law in effect that the state Supreme Court upheld last month.

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