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Arizona Gambling Initiatives Pit Racetracks Against Tribes

11 October 2002

ARIZONA – As reported by the Green Valley News and Sun: "Gambling in the West, according to the Old West mythologies, was the cause of most gunfights and barroom scuffles on the frontier.

"…With the compacts that allow Arizona's Indian tribes to operate casinos set to begin expiring in 2003, both Gov. Jane Hull and the state Legislature tried to make a new deal during a special session this year.

"The deal that Hull worked out with the tribes over several years was challenged, however, by a competing measure supported by key legislators and the Arizona horse and dog track lobby.

"…The racetracks also made the cut for the ballot with their competing measure, and those two joined a proposition that had been registered for the ballot much earlier by a mostly rural tribe that did not want to go along with Hull's idea to take the compacts to the Legislature first.

"As a result, there are three different Indian gaming initiatives to choose from on the November ballot.

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