Arkansans Say 'Yes' to Charitable Bingo

NOVEMBER 8, 2006 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Voters approved charitable bingo. The measure passed by a two-to-one margin, with two-thirds of Arkansas precincts reporting unofficial returns.

In a state with no lottery, voters decisively supported amending the state constitution to allow charitable bingo and raffles for organizations. Republican Representative Shirley Borhauer of Bella Vista said voters understood the games could raise money for scholarships and other work in their communities.

Borhauer, who sponsored the measure in the Legislature, said ``I think it will give some groups a way to raise some money and allow little old ladies to have a good time.'' Borhauer says she considers herself a little old lady.

Jerry Cox of the Family Council Action Committee, a group that launched a late campaign against the measure, predicted Arkansans will regret approving the measure. The group has concerns that charitable bingo will make it easier for gambling interests to expand in Arkansas.

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