Video Poker Bill Fails in House

April 3, 2003
Posted at: 3:33 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House rejected legislation that would have allowed more forms of electronic wagering, such as video poker, at racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis.

Thirty-seven voted for the bill, and fifty-seven against.

Supporters said tax revenue from the video machines would have helped fund new college scholarships and Medicaid.

But opponents, such as the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council, said the social costs of increased gambling in the state would negate any financial benefits.

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