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Arkansas amendment may open door for tribal operations

6 November 2006

ARKANSAS – As reported by Northwest Arkansas News: "A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize charitable bingo would open the door for Indian tribes to have for-profit bingo operations in Arkansas, according to legal experts from around the country.

"But there are no federally recognized tribes in Arkansas and the chances of a tribe coming into the state are slim, they said.

"…One of the last items on the Nov. 7 general election ballot is Constitutional Amendment No. 1, which would lift a ban on charitable bingo and raffle games in Arkansas.

"Proponents said the amendment would provide an entertaining way for nonprofit organizations such as churches, volunteer fire departments and veterans groups to raise money.

"State Rep. Shirley Borhauer, R-Bella Vista, presented the proposal to the Legislature, where it was approved for the ballot vote in 2005. No groups have filed with the state Ethics Commission for having contributed funds to promote or oppose the amendment, a commission spokesman said…"

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