Arkansas group wants to legalize full casino gambling at Southland in West Memphis

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A group trying to put on the Arkansas ballot a proposal to legalize casinos in four counties says it raised more than $1.2 million last month.

Driving Arkansas Forward reported Monday that it has about $537,000 cash on hand to campaign for its proposed constitutional amendment. The group’s proposal would legalize gambling at a Hot Springs horse track and at Southland Gaming and Racing in West Memphis, as well as legalize casinos in Jefferson and Pope counties.

Southland currently offers video poker and slot machines where players can press a hold button between two spins.

The secretary of state’s office is reviewing petitions the group submitted earlier this month for the proposal.

The group reported spending $715,711 last month, including $385,728 for advertising.

Most donations came from the Downstream Development Authority of the Quapaw Tribe and Cherokee Nation Businesses LLC.