Casino amendent inching closer to November ballot

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February 1, 2010

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: Michael Wasserman began a campaign in 2006 to place a casino amendment on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Arkansas. Six months later, the Texas businessman ceased his efforts due to strong resistance among residents in the state. The measure would have also enacted a state lottery.[1]

Fast forward to today, and the state has a lottery, but no casinos. Wasserman is now re-launching his campaign to place seven casinos in seven counties, granting special permission to operate gambling and liquor sales in those counties, some of which are dry counties. The bill would also place a 5 percent state tax on casino revenue. Wasserman has until July 2, 2010 to collect 77,468 signatures to place the measure on the ballot.

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