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Arkansas Gambling Proponents Say No to Opponents

3 October 2000

HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS – Oct. 3, 2000 – As reported by The Associated Press: "Backers of a proposed amendment that would authorize casinos in six Arkansas counties say there is no need for them to attend a series of meetings sponsored by opponents.

"… The meetings are being planned and organized by the Arkansas Committee on Ethics Policy and the Arkansas Business Alliance Against Gaming.

"…Opponents of the proposal say the purpose of the meetings is to give the public the opportunity to `hear the facts and ask questions.'

"…The Arkansas Casino Corp. proposal would legalize casino gambling in Boone, Crittenden, Garland, Miller, Pulaski and Sebastian counties. It also would create the Arkansas Gaming Commission to set up and operate a state lottery and to regulate charitable bingo.

"….Anti-gambling groups have fought previous efforts to expand gambling, which now is limited to pari-mutuel wagering at Oaklawn Park thoroughbred track in Hot Springs and Southland Greyhound Park at West Memphis…"

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