Arkansas casino proposal receives no feedback

The local commission has revealed that no written comments have been submitted for the proposal.

US.- A successful November 2018 referendum in the United States paved the way for Arkansas to open its casino market to three new facilities. While the proposed rules have already been published, no written comments have been submitted.

The Racing Commission of Arkansas is within the state Department of Finance and Administration, which is set to oversee the licensing and operation of the four casinos in the state.

A state finance agency spokesman said that so far they haven’t received any feedback on the 340-page draft of the proposed rules. “As of now, we have not received any public feedback or new letters,” said Scott Hardin, spokesman for the state Department of Finance and Administration.

The proposal, which was developed from Nevada’s gambling statutes and regulations, will be up for written comments until February 18 or in person at a public hearing on February 21.

The commission has to approve the new regulations by March 14, 2019, in order for them to come into force in time. The amendment approved by voters, Issue 4, authorises the state to issue licences for casinos in Jefferson and Pope counties, which are also eligible to offer sports betting if they decide to do so. It also allows the expansion of operations at Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs and Southland Gaming and Racing in West Memphis; both facilities have offered electronic games of skill since 2005.

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