Judge to Rule on Oaklawn Gambling Challenge

April 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:20 p.m. CST

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) _ A judge in Hot Springs heard arguments

yesterday in a challenge to a voter-approved measure to allow

expanded gambling at Oaklawn Park thoroughbred race track at Hot


Special Judge John Lineberger says he expects to issue a ruling

in about two weeks.

A similar measure passed in West Memphis and both items are

being challenged. Voters in Hot Springs and West Memphis agreed to

allow ``electronic games of skill'' to be installed at Oaklawn Park

and Southland Greyhound Park.

Lawyers for the Family Council Action Committee say the expanded

gambling would violate the Arkansas Constitution.

In yesterday's 90-minute hearing, lawyers in the opposition

argued the gambling expansion is unconstitutional. Oaklawn's

lawyers argued that the voter approval was within the constitution.

Both sides say an appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court is

likely, no matter which way Lineberger rules.

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