LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The request for certification of the popular name and ballot title of a proposed constitutional amendment concerning authorization of four casinos with the State has been rejected by the Arkansas attorney general due to ambiguities in the text of the proposed measure.
The ballot proposal would have put casinos in Pope and Jefferson counties, and would have allowed a full casino at Southland in Crittenden County, and Oaklawn in Garland County.
A section of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's explanation on her decision can be found below.
"My statutory duty is to certify, substitute and certify, or reject the entire proposal
as submitted. Your submission has shortcomings that require me to reject the
ballot title as drafted. It is my opinion, based on the above guidelines established
by the Court, that a number of additions or changes to your popular name and
ballot title are necessary in order to more fully and correctly summarize your
proposal. I cannot, however, at this time, fairly or completely summarize the effect
of your proposed measure to the electorate in a popular name or ballot title without the resolution of some ambiguities in the text of the measure itself. And thus I cannot determine precisely what changes to the popular name and ballot title are necessary to fully and correctly summarize your proposal. It is therefore not appropriate, in my opinion, for me to try to substitute and certify a more suitable and correct popular name and ballot title pursuant to Ark. Code Ann.§ 7-9-107(b)."
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