LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP, KTHV) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a proposed ballot measure to give a professional poker player the exclusive right to operate casinos in the state.
The court ordered that no votes be counted in Nancy Todd's proposed constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling. The proposed amendment would have given Todd the right to operate casinos in four Arkansas counties.
The court ruled that signatures gathered were invalid because she revised her ballot measure after gathering them.
Officials had rejected the proposal from the November ballot after they said it didn't tell voters it would prohibit electronic gambling at a horse track in Hot Springs and a dog track in West Memphis. Todd had revised the language of her proposal to say it may repeal the law allow the electronic gambling.
Todd issued this statement, "Today's announcement is disappointing. More than 200,000 Arkansans signed our petition and thousands more understand this is about keeping our money in Arkansas and creating more than 6,000 good paying jobs in the state. A track full of moneyed insiders fought me every inch of the way and while they may have "won" today, it's the people of Arkansas who have lost in the long run. Issue 3 would provide Arkansas with real benefits: secure jobs and funding for our schools, senior citizens, veterans, job training and the Children's Hospital. While today's decision means votes cast for Issue 3 will not count, I will continue talking about the importance of keeping our money in Arkansas and creating good paying jobs."
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