In a statement issued Friday, Family Council Action Committee President Jerry Cox said that if supporters of Nancy Todd's casino amendment gather enough signatures to place this proposal on the ballot in November, his group will oppose it.
"Nancy Todd's Poker Palace and Entertainment Venues is a gambling corporation trying to write itself into the Arkansas Constitution and give itself a monopoly on casino gambling in our state," said Cox. "Furthermore, the way this proposal is written, they set their own tax rate. The Arkansas Legislature would have no authority to pass taxes or regulations on these casinos. This means that an out-of-state corporation would be given a blank check to do whatever they want, and Arkansas citizens won't have a say. Even people who like casino gambling won't like this proposal. It's fatally flawed."
Cox said, "Casinos are a drain on local economies and public services, especially law enforcement. Wherever casinos exist, more crime comes right along with them. Where is the revenue going to come from to fight increased crime? We also cannot forget about the damaging effects of gambling addiction on individuals, families, and society. Lives are literally torn apart. There is absolutely no reason to establish casinos in Pulaski, Crittenden, Franklin, and Miller counties. These counties would be much better off without them."
"We stand prepared to fight Nancy Todd's casino amendment. We will bring the truth to Arkansas voters and explain to them that this will hurt our state socially and economically. Instead of trying to be more like Las Vegas, we need to take a stand for Arkansas and refuse to approve such a misguided proposal," said Cox.
Group Surpasses Needed Signatures to Get Casinos on AR Ballot