Racing Commission Defers Vote on New Pope County Casino License Process

Racing Commission Defers Vote on New Pope County Casino License Process

Last updated on January 27th, 2024 at 05:01 am

The Arkansas Racing Commission postponed the voting for the new Pope County casino license process. According to sources, the commission will take a long time to approve the new process.

The Arkansas Racing Commission supervises the state’s casinos. Also, after a 30-minute meeting on Wednesday, it delayed the rule review to next week.

According to sportsbook pay per head experts, the revisions aim to establish a fresh window for applications to operate a casino license in Russellville. Also, the commission wants to reduce the number of lawsuits against them.

Anti-casino faction and pro-casino lobbyists settle after a five-year legal struggle. Thus, Cherokee Nation Businesses/Legends Resort & Casino and Gulfside Casino Partnership lost their license twice despite being granted it by the Racing Commission.

New Pope County Casino License Process

Racing Commission Defers Vote on New Pope County Casino License ProcessThe case has now been returned to the Racing Commission after the Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s decision invalidating the Cherokees’ license.

The panel will meet on Tuesday to vote on revised regulations. However, state agency rule changes are usually slow. They will be accessible for public discussion for 30 days after crucial executive authorities, including the governor, have authorized them.

The next step is for the Arkansas Legislative Council to provide their approval. Lastly, the regulations are effective ten days after filing with the secretary of state’s office. Chandler estimates that the promulgation procedure might take 60-120 days.

According to sources, the commission might reestablish the scoring system and launch the application period once again after 30 days.

In 2018, the people of Arkansas voted on a proposal to allow gambling in casinos. Because of it, Amendment 100, which allowed for establishing four casinos in Arkansas, was ratified. The amendment first named two casinos: Hot Springs and West Memphis (Southland), both of which already had racetracks (Oaklawn).

Quapaw Nation’s Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff received the third license in Jefferson County. Also, locals welcomed the casino without opposition. Several casino operators showed interest in obtaining the Pope County license. Some local groups were against the idea of having a casino.

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