Hearing Today on Expanded Gambling at Race Tracks

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arguments for and against expanded gambling at the state's two racetracks are to be heard today by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The arguments come in an appeal of a judge's ruling on a challenge to a law that has allowed installation of electronic gaming machines at Oaklawn Park horse track in Hot Springs, and the Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis.

The Arkansas Family Council argues that votes that allowed the expanded gambling should have occured in the home counties to the tracks, not just the cities.  Voters in each city approved measures allowing introduction of electronic games of skill.  Oaklawn and Southland now offer the games.

Southland underwent a major renovation and expansion after the games were approved and now offers nearly 1,000 games of skill.  Oaklawn added just 130 games.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)