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Arizona Governor Eager to Sign Gaming Compact

12 November 2002

ARIZONA –As reported by the Arizona Republic: "Now that Arizona voters have spoken on gaming, Gov. Jane Hull is ready to sign a new agreement with Indian tribes to extend casino gambling but intends to wait until a federal judge gives her a final OK, her spokesman said Monday.

"`The bottom line is that the governor is waiting to have her authority to negotiate the compacts reinstated,' said spokesman James Ahlers. `We're running out of time basically. The governor would like to sign the compacts before leaving office (on Jan. 6).'

"Final unofficial results showed enough voters approved Proposition 202, a ballot measure backed by 17 tribes that resembles a compact that Hull and the tribes negotiated two years ago.

"…Proposition 202 keeps casino gambling limited to reservations while allowing for more slot machines and for house-banked card games, improved state regulation and state revenue sharing in areas including education and health care.

"The only remaining obstacle involves the remnants of the federal suit filed two years ago by the horse and dog track industry over the governor's authority to negotiate new tribal agreements, which they considered detrimental to their industry's ability to compete…"

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