Casino measure flawed, opponents argue

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) -- A group backed by Oaklawn Park thoroughbred track argued Monday in a filing with the state Supreme Court that a proposal to allow casinos in four counties should be struck from the ballot because of flaws in the ballot question and in the signatures submitted to qualify it for the ballot.

The measure's sponsor, professional poker player Nancy Todd, argued in a separate filing that the Arkansas Racing Alliance is simply making a last-minute effort to block her proposal.

Monday was the deadline for the parties to file briefs in the alliance's lawsuit challenging Todd's proposal, which would amend the state constitution to allow Nancy Todd's Poker Palace and Entertainment Venues to operate casinos in Crittenden, Franklin, Miller and Pulaski Counties.

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