High Court Upholds State Law on Games at Race Tracks

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Supreme Court today upheld a law that allowed local-option votes on allowing expanded gambling at race tracks in West Memphis and Hot Springs.

The anti-gambling Arkansas Family Council had appealed a lower court decision that upheld the law and organizers pledged today to continue the fight.

Justices voted 6-1 that the law passed by the Legislature in 2005 was constitutional.  The Family Council argued that the games of skill under the law are the same as gambling and that the affected counties should have been able to vote, not just the cities.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)