Group Challenges Expanded Gambling in West Memphis & Hot Springs

DECEMBER 6, 2005 - Posted at 8:05 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Anti-gambling groups who failed at the ballot box to stop expanded gaming at Oaklawn Park and the Southland Greyhound Park are taking their fight to court, suing the state in Crittenden County and preparing a lawsuit for Garland County.

Last month local voters approved "electronic games of skill" for the Hot Springs horse track and the West Memphis dog track.  Gambling opponents failed to convince voters in those cities to oppose the extra gaming and turned to the court system for help.

In its lawsuit, the Family Council said legislators were wrong to give the tracks the option of limiting the ballot to residents of Hot Springs and West Memphis.  They said the vote should have been considered by all voters in Garland and Crittenden counties, where the tracks are located.

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