Judge Hears Arguments in Southland Dog Track Lawsuit

April 29, 2006 - Posted at 1:26 p.m. CST

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) _ Circuit Judge David Burnett says he will

make a decision within ten days on a legal challenge to a

voter-approved measure to allow expanded gambling at Southland

Greyhound Park in West Memphis. Burnett heard arguments yesterday

in a lawsuit challenging the state law that allowed voters in West

Memphis vote on having expanded gambling at the dog track. Another

judge heard a similar lawsuit last week involving Oaklawn Park in

Hot Springs.

In November, voters in West Memphis and Hot Springs authorized

``electronic games of skill'' at the tracks in their cities. The

Arkansas Racing Commission is to decide what qualifies as an

electronic game of skill. Video poker has been mentioned as an

example. The following month, the Family Council Action Committee

filed the two separate lawsuits.

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