Anti-Gambling Group Files Amended Complaint, Adding Tracks

JANUARY 6, 2006 - Posted at 8:01 a.m. CST

MARION, AR - An anti-gambling group that sued Crittenden and Garland counties to challenge expanded gambling at Arkansas' horse and dog tracks have amended their lawsuits to include the tracks among the list of defendants.

The Family Council Action Committee added the Oaklawn Park at Hot Springs and the Southland Greyhound Park at West Memphis to the lawsuits.

Voters in West Memphis and Hot Springs on November 8 authorized electronic games of skill at the tracks in the voters' respective towns.  The Arkansas Racing Commission is to determine what qualifies as an electronic game of skill.  Generally, video poker is considered an electronic game of skill.

After the elections, the Family Council Action Committee sued a variety of state and local officials and the state Racing Commission to stop the additional gambling.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)