Arkansas News Bureau

Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK — For the second time, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has certified a revised version of a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize casinos in Arkansas.

McDaniel certified the original ballot name and title in 2009 and certified a revised version of the proposal, submitted by Michael Wasserman of Gainesville, Texas, last year after some minor changes were made.

The latest version was certified by the attorney general Wednesday.

The first four versions of Wasserman’s proposed ballot name and title were rejected by the attorney general between 2006 and 2009.

Under the proposal, Wasserman’s Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment Inc. would operate casinos in Boone, Crittenden, Garland, Jefferson, Miller, Pulaski and Sebastian counties.

The proposal would declare all constitutional provisions and laws that conflict with casino amendment inapplicable, but would not supersede the charitable bingo or lottery amendments.

To get the proposal on the November 2012 general election ballot, Wasserman and his supporters must collect signatures of at least 77,133 registered voters and turn them into the secretary of state’s office by July 6.

Wasserman could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. His telephone number in Texas was not in service.