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Signatures submitted for casino measure

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 6, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.

— A professional poker player has turned in thousands of signatures in an effort to put a casino legalization proposal on Arkansas' ballot this November.

Nancy Todd on Friday submitted 10,615 pages of petitions that she says have 80,373 signatures backing the casino proposal. The proposed initiated act needs at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot.

Todd's proposal would bring casinos to Crittenden, Franklin, Miller and Pulaski counties. Hers is one of two casino proposals vying for spots on the ballot.

Friday is the deadline for groups to submit petitions for their proposed initiated acts and constitutional amendments. Backers of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana submitted their petitions on Thursday.

The secretary of state's office will conduct a rough count before verifying the signatures.

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Jackabbott says... July 6, 2012 at 10 a.m.

Let's vote this in and then watch the tax money, a building boom and tourist come roaring into Arkansas.

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MYBUDDYTMIL says... July 6, 2012 at 10:52 a.m.

Sure jackabbott, We are too late to the game. There is gambling all around us.

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Razorbacker1 says... July 6, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.

This would in my opinion help keep the money in Arkansas instead of it crossing the bridge to Tunica. Put some good casinos in West Memphis and you will get all the West Tennessee money.

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RBBrittain says... July 6, 2012 at 12:40 p.m.

Sorry folks; "gambling is all around us" may have worked for the lottery, but it will NOT work for PRIVATE CASINO MONOPOLIES in this state. The Family Council will defeat both measures with chump change (compared to their effort against the medical marijuana act). They know from Arkansas history that casino amendments like this always go down in flames at the polls by huge margins--even when, as in past efforts, the monopoly belonged to Oaklawn & Southland (forget Nancy Todd or that Wasser-whatshisname Texan).

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pat72209 says... July 8, 2012 at 8:42 a.m.

No doubt it would keep a whole lot of money in Arkansas....but woud it be spent wisely? Maybe Arkansas could contribute the top 10% to a charitable cause, like building a Homeless City? Don't forget all those criminals back on the street that we keep getting threatened with because of PRISON CROWDING. HOPEFULLY, we could lock everyone up that SHOULD BE LOCKED UP for a long enough time to break the habit of crime for some of them. No point in throwing any more money at schools....It is the teachers and kids business to teach and learn.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... July 8, 2012 at 10:21 a.m.

The only money that would stay in the state would be some minimum wage jobs at the casinos. Besides, gambling is not really profitable enough -- the real money is in drugs and prostitution; maybe we should legalize those and tax them.

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