Larry Page – Friday, July 6, was the deadline for sponsors of initiated state constitutional amendments and acts to turn petitions in to the Arkansas secretary of state. To secure a place on the November general election ballot, proposed amendment backers must have collected on their petitions nearly 85,000 signatures of registered voters and sponsors of initiated acts must have petitions bearing almost 68,000 signatures of voters. Two amendments to establish casino gambling in the state were filed earlier this year, but petitions for only one were turned in. The Arkansas Jobs Coalition and the Driving Arkansas Forward ballot question committees submitted over 96,000 signatures. Their amendment, if passed by voters in November, would permit a casino in Pope and Jefferson counties and would also grant the state’s two racetracks full-blown casino licenses. Those tracks already operate virtual casinos under the euphemistically labeled electronic games of skill.