LITTLE ROCK — The group sponsoring a proposal on the Arkansas ballot to allow casinos to operate in three counties filed a motion Monday asking the state Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the measure.
The suit, filed Sept. 6 by the Committee to Protect Arkansas’ Values — Stop Casinos Now, alleges that the ballot title for the proposed constitutional amendment contains misleading language and does not adequately explain the measure to voters. The suit also alleges that the sponsoring group, Arkansas Wins in 2016, did not follow all state laws regarding paid canvassers.
Arkansas Wins in 2016 filed a motion Monday arguing that the anti-casino group has no standing to file the suit because it has not shown that it has been harmed by Secretary of State Mark Martin’s decision to certify the measure for the ballot, and that the Supreme Court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case.
If approved by voters, the measure would amend the Arkansas Constitution, which currently bans casino gambling, to allow one casino each to operate in Washington, Boone and Miller counties. Racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis are funding the group opposing the measure.