The proposed casino removal amendment is an effort to remove casinos from Pope County. While the casino & resort project is not underway, the CNB has secured 140 acres for development and has amassed more than 89,151 valid signatures. The measure will go to the state board of election commissioners to determine if it will appear on the ballot. If it does, it will require a public referendum. Read on for more details. The bill will also define casino gaming and set taxes and regulations.
Despite the overwhelming support for casino expansion, the amendment does not guarantee that a casino will be built in Pope County. The Arkansas Secretary of State, John Thurston, is a Republican. While the Arkansas state constitution allows for a maximum of one casino per county, the amendment does not require a referendum in the county to be approved. So, if the casino is built in Pope County, the proposed casino will not be able to get a favorable outcome.