Likely as early as next year, Arkansans will no longer have to visit other states for casino gaming. By a 54-46 margin, voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing casinos in Jefferson and Pope counties, Oaklawn in Hot Springs and Southland in West Memphis.
The Arkansas Racing Commission must promulgate regulations governing casinos by March. That commission will consider applicants for licenses in Pope and Jefferson counties.
Pope County voters will decide in a special election whether they want local officials to support a location there. The Quapaw Nation has already announced plans to apply for the Jefferson County license.
– Aaron Sadler, Route 3 Strategies