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Judge: Tacoma Casino Remain Open

21 December 2005

TACOMA, Washington – As reported by the Tacoma News Tribune: "Tacoma casinos should remain open until voters can decide whether to keep or reject a gambling ban approved six years ago by the City Council, a judge has ruled.

"Pierce County Superior Court Judge Gary Steiner signed an order Tuesday telling the City of Tacoma to extend a moratorium on the ban – scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 – until a special election is held in March.

"Steiner said he didn't want casino employees to lose their jobs for three months waiting for a vote. He called the decision the only 'appropriate' and 'practical' thing to do, adding that he believed it also was legally correct…"

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