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Arkansas Seven Casinos Initiative (2010)

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The Arkansas Seven Casinos Initiative did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot as a proposed initiated constitutional amendment to the Arkansas Constitution. The measure would have amended the state's constitution to allow Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment to own and operate seven casino gaming establishments; one each in Sebastian, Pulaski, Garland, Miller, Crittenden, Boone, and Jefferson Counties. In addition, the bill would have implemented a 5 percent state tax on the casino revenue, not allowing city and county taxes.[1]

The measure was sponsored by Michael J. Wasserman on behalf of Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment. The Texas businessman spearheaded a similar campaign in 2006. According to Wasserman: “We’re going full force now. We’ve got about 120,000 signatures to collect. Though we only need 77,000, we’re going to get enough signatures that there’s no question that Arkansans want this on the ballot.”[2]

Text of measure


The summary of the measure read:[3]

An amendment to allow Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment, Inc. to own and operate seven casino gaming establishments one each in Sebastian, Pulaski, Garland, Miller, Crittendent, Boone, and Jefferson Counties.

Path to the ballot

Dustin McDaniel, Arkansas Attorney General, certified a ballot title for the measure in March 2009, clearing the way for supporters to start their petitioning process. The group had until July 2, 2010 to collect the 77,468 signatures needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot. According to the Arkansas Secretary of State's office, signatures were not turned in by the 4:30 p.m. cut off time on the day of the deadline.[4]

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