|Updated: 11/16/2011 4:40 pm
||Published: 11/16/2011 4:36 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment to allow casinos to be built in seven Arkansas counties, clearing the way for supporters to begin gathering signatures.
McDaniel on Wednesday approved the name and ballot title for the proposal by Texas businessman Michael Wasserman, owner of Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment Inc. The amendment would give Wasserman's company exclusive rights to build and operate casinos in Boone, Crittenden, Garland, Jefferson, Miller, Pulaski and Sebastian counties.
Wasserman must submit 78,133 signatures to the state by July 6 to get his measure on the November 2012 ballot. He has had similar proposals certified in 2006 and 2010, but they never appeared on the ballot. McDaniel last month rejected an earlier version of the amendment.
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