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Tennessee Moves to Block Casinos

5 June 2001

NASHVILLE, Tennessee –June 5, 2001 –As reported by the Associated Press: "The state House voted 54-39 Monday for a bill to preclude casino gambling in Tennessee, a move opponents said would tie the General Assembly's hands should voters approve a state lottery next year.

"The resolution to amend the state constitution and allow a state-run lottery will be on the general election ballot in November 2002. The resolution calls for the Legislature to enact the specifics of what kind of games the lottery will offer only after the resolution passes, which presumably would be in the 2003 legislative session.

"Rep. Mark Maddox, D-Dresden, said his bill was an effort to make it clear that casino gambling would be prohibited in Tennessee even should the lottery resolution pass.

"…There currently are no Indian tribal lands in Tennessee, although some tribes could attempt to establish such reservations in the future. If so, the reservation would be controlled by federal law and Tennessee could not regulate any gambling operations approved for those lands.

"Opponents of Maddox's bill noted that the lottery resolution declares Tennessee's intent to establish a lottery `of the type' seen in Georgia and some other states. They said passing the anti-casino-gambling bill would eliminate some of the games used in Georgia from consideration, namely keno and possibly some others…"

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