The state Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court's ruling that the state's law on "games of skill" law is constitutional. The court's opinion on the suit, filed against Oaklawn, Racing Commission chair Cecil Alexander and Southland Racing Corp., was signed by Special Justice Jim Jackson; Special Justice Cliff Gibson dissented. Annabelle Imber and Robert Brown did not participate.
The court wrote, "While at the current time Oaklawn and Southland are the only two
franchise holders in the state, we observe no limitation which would prohibit another business entity from becoming a franchise holder similar to Oaklawn and Southland, thereby entitling the entity to the same rights provided for under the Act, assuming that the local electorate voted in favor of such."