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Arizona Gambling Vote Delayed Again

3 May 2002

PHOENIX, Arizona – As reported by the Associated Press: "The Senate has delayed until Monday its final vote on an agreement between Gov. Jane Hull and 17 Indian tribes to continue casino operations.

"Senators were scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday, but Sen. Lori Daniels, R-Chandler, requested a delay, which is allowed by the Senate's operational policies.

"`It's another delay in the process that's been delayed too long,' Hull's gambling adviser Mike Bielecki said. `It doesn't surprise me. They've used almost every artifice and procedure to delay this."

"…Daniels said she wants time to discuss possible amendments that might be offered later in the House regarding public disclosure of casino profits.

"…The agreement among Hull and the tribes would put more slot machines into play and allow Las Vegas-style blackjack. The state would have regulatory authority over casino operations and receive up to 8 percent of the profits. The deal would last for up to 29 years.

"Opponents have criticized the length of the agreement, access to automated teller machines at casinos and the tribes' ability to withhold from the public how much they make from gambling. They have tried to slow down action on the bill, which has led the tribes to start work on an initiative as a backup plan in case the bill does not win approval…"

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