October Court Date set for Lottery Challenge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has granted an expedited hearing for a group trying to get an initiative that would create a state-run lottery off the November ballot.

In a per curiam order issued Thursday, the high court granted the Arkansas Family Council Action Committee's request to expedite the case. The court set an Oct. 13 date for oral arguments.

The court also said that briefs should be filed by Oct. 6, with reply briefs due by Oct. 10.

The Family Council's argues that repealing the constitution's ban on lotteries would allow casinos to operate in Arkansas. The campaign for the lottery, led by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, called that argument a "classic red herring."

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