|Updated: 7/20/2012 4:17 pm
||Published: 7/20/2012 1:04 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas election officials have rejected an attempt to block a proposed casino legalization measure over questions about the way tax revenues from the expanded gambling would be distributed.
Secretary of State Mark Martin on Friday rejected the challenge to the proposed constitutional amendment by professional poker player Nancy Todd. Todd's proposal would give her exclusive rights to operate casinos in four counties.
Election officials are reviewing Todd's petitions to verify that she turned in the 78,133 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.
The challenge had questioned the legality of the way tax money would be distributed under Todd's proposal.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel earlier Friday recommended the challenge be denied. A separate challenge from a group opposed to Todd's proposal is being reviewed by McDaniel's office.
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