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Arizona Tracks Move Against Tribal Casinos

21 November 2002

PHOENIX, Arizona – As reported by the Associated Press: "A Superior Court judge on Friday will consider a request by horse and dog racetracks for an injunction barring Gov. Jane Hull from signing new gambling agreements with Arizona tribes.

"The tracks, which won a previous ruling that barred Hull from signing new gambling compacts, filed their latest court action Wednesday, just days before the state begins to canvass votes for an Indian gambling measure approved by voters Nov. 5.

"The secretary of state is expected to canvass votes Monday for Proposition 202, an initiative backed by 17 tribes that would expand Indian gambling in Arizona.

"…Neil Wake, an attorney for American Greyhound Racing Inc., Western Racing Inc. and T.P. Racing LLLP, said he fears Hull could sign compacts soon after the canvassing.

"…Wake said Proposition 202 violates the Arizona Constitution in several ways, including granting tribes monopoly gambling powers and privileges not awarded the general populace.

"…David LaSarte, executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association and a spokesman for the Proposition 202 campaign, said he wasn't surprised by the tracks' latest move, which he called part of a continued effort to kill Indian gambling…"

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