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A Casino Near Scottsdale?

20 July 1998

Scottsdale, Arizona may become the next door neighbor of an Indian casino, if a decision of the Arizona Supreme Court last week turns out to be operative.

The court ruled that the governor of Arizona must sign a standard form of compact with a tribe that doesn't have one, since other tribes in the state have casinos. The ruling rose from the appeal of a lawsuit last year brought by a Phoenix couple that live 3.2 miles from the proposed casino site and claimed their property value would be harmed. The court ruled unanimously that the couple could not prove they had suffered any special harm from gaming and had no standing to bring the lawsuit. It did not address the issue of legality of casino gaming on tribal lands. A spokesperson for Gov. Jane Hull said the governor had not made up her mind whether or not she will sign a compact, but that she will meet with tribal leaders to discuss the court's ruling.

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