Ark. AG OKs proposed 7-county casino amendment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has modified the language of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a Texas man's company to open casinos in seven Arkansas counties.

But McDaniel approved the overall popular name and ballot title of the casino 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.

The approval allows Wasserman to begin collecting signatures on petitions to put the measure on the ballot. To get on the November general election ballot, Wasserman and his supporters must gather 77,468 signatures.

Wasserman submitted similar proposals in 2006 and 2009, but they never made it to the ballot.

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