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Arizona Senate Panel OKs Hull Gaming Plan; Racetrack Plan Killed

17 April 2002

ARIZONA -- As reported by the Arizona Republic: ``A bill to renew Indian-gaming compacts along the terms negotiated by Gov. Jane Hull won a preliminary victory today, while a competing bill to give racetracks casino-style games was killed.

``The actions by the Senate Government Committee set the stage for a vote, as early as next week, by the full Senate. They also force the racetracks to regroup in their quest for a slice of Arizona's casino-gambling action.

``Senate Bill 1001 was approved on a 4-1 vote, but it was not a complete success for the governor. It included three technical amendments, and the governor has asked lawmakers to pass her bill without any changes.

``...The committee killed SCR 1001, Senate President Randall Gnant's measure to permit new Indian gaming compacts while dealing the racetracks the right to operate slot machines..."

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