April 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:20 p.m. CST
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) _ A judge in Hot Springs heard arguments
yesterday in a challenge to a voter-approved measure to allow
expanded gambling at Oaklawn Park thoroughbred race track at Hot
Special Judge John Lineberger says he expects to issue a ruling
in about two weeks.
A similar measure passed in West Memphis and both items are
being challenged. Voters in Hot Springs and West Memphis agreed to
allow ``electronic games of skill'' to be installed at Oaklawn Park
and Southland Greyhound Park.
Lawyers for the Family Council Action Committee say the expanded
gambling would violate the Arkansas Constitution.
In yesterday's 90-minute hearing, lawyers in the opposition
argued the gambling expansion is unconstitutional. Oaklawn's
lawyers argued that the voter approval was within the constitution.
Both sides say an appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court is
likely, no matter which way Lineberger rules.