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Rutledge again rejects proposal to fund Arkansas highways through more casinos

A proposal to fund Arkansas highways through more casinos has been rejected a third time (Photo: MGN)

The third time wasn’t the charm for supporters of a casino amendment proposal hoping to clear a legal hurdle with Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

The Arkansas AG rejected the latest proposal from the Driving Arkansas Forward group’s 2018 effort to allow for four casinos in Arkansas with a bulk of the proceeds being directed to highway funding.

The Arkansas Casino Gaming Amendment of 2018 would authorize two new casinos – one in Jefferson County and one in Pope County – while enhancing the gaming operations at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis. The bulk of tax revenues from casino gaming under the proposed constitutional amendment would go for highway needs statewide, as well as in the counties and cities where the casinos are located.

In a letter on Thursday (March 29) to attorney Alex Gray, Rutledge said she was rejecting the latest submission – the group’s third draft – due to “ambiguities.”

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