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Interior Department Brings California Indian Tribes Expansion Closer

Another step was taken on Friday in what appears to be a long legal battle between four Indian tribes in California and their opponents. The U.S. Interior Department approved their agreement with the Governor.

By the end of the upcoming week, the deals that are in place could take effect. The deals are all multi billion dollar deals.

Even though the deals received the approval of the Interior Department, there still could be a legal battle that could end up in the overturn of the deals.

Voters will still vote on the agreement in February after two rival Indian tribes, two horse tracks, and a casino workers union collected three million signatures to have four separate referendums put on the ballot.


The deal that is in place could add 17,000 slot machines to the facilities at the four Indian tribe casinos, as opposed to the 8,000 those same four casinos currently have.

Florida is headed for a similar legal battle as the one in California after their Governor, Charlie Crist, signed a compact with the Seminole Indians for expanded gambling.

The ruling Friday could be a ground breaker in these sorts of deals and could be a precedent that is followed in Florida.


Casino Gambling Debate To Heat Up This Week in Kansas Court Room

Kansas expanded their casino gambling earlier this year. State legislators allowed casinos at four dog and horse tracks in the state.

Now that legislation is coming under fire due to its position within the states constitution. Opponents have argued that the casino gambling expansion is unconstitutional.

Judge Charles Andrews has the pleasure of hearing the case starting this week in the Shawnee County District Court. The court will hear the case, but it is likely regardless of the outcome that the Supreme Court will end up with the final decision.


The main question to figure out is who actually owns and runs the casinos. The state is said to be running them. Kansas is the only state out of the eleven states that have non tribal casinos, to own and operate their own casino.

The Governor of the state, Kathleen Sebelius, has asked that Attorney General Paul Morrison to get a ruling on the issue from the state Supreme Court.

The Governor is concerned that unless the issue is clarified, investors will be slow to develop until they knew whether or not the expansion was constitutional.

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