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Arizona Tribal Gaming Future in Limbo

15 July 2001

ARIZONA – July 15, 2001 –As reported by the Arizona Republic: "Gov. Jane Hull said she would rather see the Arizona Legislature tackle the Indian gaming question than see the issue go to a ballot initiative in 2002.

"…But Hull said she is not worried that an initiative from casino-operating tribes would expand gaming to alarming proportions in Arizona.

"…Meanwhile, Arizona's 15 gaming tribes also are undecided on whether to pursue an initiative, a legislative bill or another course of action, said David LaSarte, executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association.

"…Some members of the Senate have asked Hull to call a special session so the Legislature can grant itself ratification authority over new gambling compacts with Arizona's Indian tribes.

"But the governor said she has not yet made up her mind to call a special session or whether to appeal a July 3 federal court decision stripping her of her authority to sign gaming compacts.

"She said those decisions probably will not come until attorneys from both sides of the lawsuit meet next week to discuss the enforcement of Judge Robert Broomfield's injunction.

"…Hull and Attorney General Janet Napolitano are the only ones with the authority to ask for an appeal because they were the named defendants in the federal suit brought by three dog and horse racing tracks."

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