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Group Pushes for Casino Gambling in Arkansas

A group called Arcade Arkansas has filed paperwork for the purpose of collecting signatures in the state in hopes of placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2020 to make casino type gambling legal in the state.

If passed coin operated machines would be legal in the state according to Family Council’s Ken Yang. The amendment would allow a store in Arkansas to have up to ten coin operated machines.

Yang says “we have already estimated that’s over 15,000 machines here in the state of Arkansas”.

He also said, “people could gamble 24 hours a day”.

Arcade Arkansas submitted the proposed amendment to the Secretary of State’s office in September.

According to the SOS, the proposed amendment’s language contains a new 20% tax on coin operated machines in the state with 100% of that tax revenue going to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

However, the Family Council has an issue with the money going to the Arkansas Scholarship Fund.

Yang said “currently this fiscal year the Scholarship is at 14.2% given to scholarships”.

Arcade Arkansas will have to gather approximately 90,000 signatures of registered voters by July 3 of next year in order for the measure to be placed on the November ballot.

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