Amusement Slot Machine Referendum

A new ballot question committee, Arcade Arkansas, filed a statement of organization a week ago. The group proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to “authorize coin-operated amusement machines within the state of Arkansas and to support the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.”

The amendment would impose a new 20% tax on coin-operated amusement machines and steers 100% of that tax revenue to the state lottery. The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery would issue licenses through a merit-based selection method and the number of amusement machines at any one location is limited.

According to language submitted to the Secretary of State’s office, the proposed amendment would require “some skill of the player” that would allow for an accrual of points for potential “redeemable prizes.”      MORE

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