On November 7, 2006, voters from the state of Arkansas approved an amendment to state's constitution that will both allow bingo and raffle games in Arkansas for charitable means only.
Amendment I will allow non-profit organizations that have been existing in the state for five years before the amendment to use the law so that they can hold bingo games to raise money. The legislature of Arkansas will now have until the end of the winter season to create laws that will be aimed to regulate the bingo games.
Critics of the amendment are worried that it might be used by commercial gambling companies or Indian owned casinos to try building casinos in Arkansas.
Benny Petrus, the House Speaker for Arkansas said that although the state can impose tax proceeds from the bingo games, they would not think so because Arkansas will have a $721 million dollars in budget surplus at the end of 2006. Speaker Benny Petrus added that he and his fellow legislators will proceed immediately in making new laws regarding charitable bingo and raffle games in Arkansas.
Thursday, November 16, 2006