Voters Could Decide Amendment Allowing Charitable Bingo and Raffles in Arkansas

APRIL 8, 2005 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A contsitutional amendment to allow bingo and raffles to be conducted by charities could go before Arkansas voters next year.  The House yesterday approved a resolution to put the question to voters.

The Senate, meanwhile, rejected a proposed constitutional change from biennial legislative sessions to convening the Legislature every year.

Representative Shirley Borhauer of Bella Vista, who sponsored the bingo and raffles measure, said allowing such activities would help many organizations raise money for worthwhile causes.  She said she couldn't think of a better thing to do for constituents back home.

Some House members questioned whether the constitutional change could open the door for a lottery.  Borhauer said the Legislature would have tight control over the scope of the raffles and games of bingo allowed because legislators would write the enabling legislation if voters approved the amendment.

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