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Lottery to stay on ballot

A proposed constitutional amendment to create a state lottery will remain on the November general election ballot, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today.

The court rejected arguments by the Family Council Action Committee that the wording of the ballot measure proposed by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter was incomplete and misleading; did not define the term “state lottery,” and did not disclose that the measure could open the door to casino gambling.

Halter and the Family Council Action Committee have scheduled separate news conferences later today to discuss the ruling.

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Court sets arguments in lottery amendment challenge

The Arkansas Supreme Court today set oral arguments for Oct. 13 in the Family Council Action Committee’s lawsuit challenging Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s proposed constitutional amendment to create a state-run lottery to fund college scholarships.
The Family Council contends the wording of the ballot question is inaccurate, incomplete and misleading. Halter says the wording, which was approved by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, is clear.
The Family Council wants the court to strike the measure from the ballot or rule that any votes cast on the measure cannot be counted.
Early voting for the Nov. 4 election starts Oct. 20.

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