Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

House Of Representatives Pass Casino Bill

The United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that would stop the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a casino in the Glendale area. It passed by a voice vote Tuesday. The measure now awaits consideration by the U.S. Senate, which did not vote on a similar bill last year.
 
The bill seeks to prevent more casinos from opening on Phoenix metropolitan area land designated as a reservation after April 2013. The Tohono O'odham Nation unveiled plans in 2009 to build a resort and casino in Glendale. Opponents have argued a 2002 voter-backed compact barred more casinos from opening in metro Phoenix. A federal judge ruled the tribe's plans do not violate the compact. The state and the Gila River Indian Community have appealed to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
 

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