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Arizona Tracks' Injunction Bid Denied

27 November 2002

PHOENIX, Arizona – As reported by the Associated Press: ``The Arizona Supreme Court denied an injunction request Tuesday by dog and horse racetrack owners, opening the way for Gov. Jane Hull to immediately sign casino agreements with American Indian tribes.

``It was the third time in three business days that the tracks petitioned a state court for a stay preventing the implementation of Proposition 202, a measure to expand gambling on tribal lands approved by voters Nov. 5.

``…`We're pleased now that three courts have rebuffed the racetracks' efforts to prevent the signing of compacts,' said Scott Bales, a private attorney representing the state.

``Under 202, the number of slot machines will increase, and casinos may add Las Vegas-style house-banked blackjack, which was not allowed previously. In exchange, the tribes will give the state up to 8 percent of revenue, depending on how much the tribes take in.

``Bales told Ryan on Tuesday that any delay signing compacts would result in the state losing out on all first quarter revenue, an estimated $20 million, generated from casinos…"

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