Issuing a ruling on May 21, a Pulaski County judge again deemed unconstitutional an Arkansas Racing Commission rule. It recently passed a law requiring casino license endorsement letters that officials must sign in the office.
The decision by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox validates the ARC’s decision a year ago to award the remaining Pope County casino license to Gulfside Casino Partnership of Mississippi.
Simultaneously, Fox turned down Gulfside’s request to refer the case to the ARC. This could have, however, undermined Cherokee Nation Businesses’ attempt to appeal.