Governor Asa Hutchinson has rejected the bill that if would have been passed would have enabled easy oversight procedural role.
Now that it did not pass, non-profit groups will continue to face the same hardship that has marred them for decades.
For that matter, VFW will face the same tough inspection by the authorities that are responsible for ensuring that there is no alcohol or if there is, it meets Alcoholic Beverage Control’s regulations.
According to the document that was presented to the governor that was drafted by Scott Flippo, if the bill would sail into becoming law, it would be easy for gaming operators to expand their investments by making real money online casino gambling sites because ABC would be prevented from enacting regulations that favor the board.
Currently, a charitable Arkansas gaming law that has been in use for a long time, allows Elk’s Club, VFWs, and several other non-profits to offer gaming machines, pull tabs, bingo and other small games that depend on chance.
But according to Flippo’s ideology, which was seemingly lovable by many, ABC would not have the powers to regulate, suggest, or even legislate whenever it does routine inspection in various gaming facilities.
The board would also be expected to assume that it has seen nothing once it would descend on any misuse of liquor inside a gaming facility.
Bill 496 sailed through both the House and the Senate without any problem, an indication that members and the people at large did not have any problem with the bill.
On citing the reason for his veto, the Governor said that he will not encourage the ABC to overlook their legal mandate thus deliberately breaking Arkansas law.
“If we allow this bill to pass, it means that we agree to disregard the law of the land. In essence, that would mean that the executive is barred from enforcing criminal laws that have existed for a long time. No one has the powers to prohibit the executive from enforcing laws that have been passed by the General Assembly,” Governor Asa said.
Although Arkansas State does not allow commercial gambling within its jurisdiction, the state does permit two pari-mutuel facilities that are located at two different racetracks.
The first one is located at Southland Park and the second one is located at Oakland Park.
In aggregate, the two racetracks have more than 2, 600 gaming machines. These facilities are considered enough gaming options that will help gamblers quench their thirst.
This is even after the state approved skill-based machines 22 years ago.