Video Poker Goes Before House

April 2, 2003
Posted at: 4:00 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Video poker is off and running in the state House of Representatives.

The House Rules Committee today advanced a bill that would authorize the horse track in Hot Springs and the dog track in West Memphis to expand electronic gambling. The venues would be able to have video poker and other electronic wagering.

Opponents said the legality of the measure is doubtful because the state Constitution prohibits lotteries or games of chance. They also complain about the potential social ills from expanding gambling.

Supporters say the measure will create jobs and provide new revenue for the state. Backers say the bill would generate about $40 million for the state Medicaid program and another $10 million annually for college scholarships.

The bill now goes to the House floor.

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