High Court Hears Arguments Against Expanded Gambling

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A lawyer representing gaming opponents says voters outside West Memphis in Crittenden County, and beyond the Hot Springs city limits in Garland County, were disenfranchised by allowing racetracks in those two cities to hold city-only elections to authorize electronic gambling.

That was one of the arguments by Martha Adcock, representing the Family Action Council Committee, before the state Supreme Court yesterday.  She told justices that the 2005 law passed by the Legislature allowing the votes gave Oaklawn Park and Southland Gaming & Racing more power than they should have had as private businesses.

But lawyers for the tracks said allowing video poker, blackjack and slot-machine style games kept the businesses competitive with other states, and that was the main point of the 2005 law.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.