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California slot bill passes hurdle

24 April 2008

CALIFORNIA -- As reported by the Desert Sun: "Indian tribes such as the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians could increase the number of slot machines in their casinos under the terms of a bill that passed its first legislative review Tuesday.

"Senate Bill 1201 by Sen. Jim Battin, R-La Quinta, would allow tribes with one of the original 61 compacts signed in 1999 to operate 2,000 machines.

"The 1999 compact set 2,000 as the maximum number of slot machines that any tribe could operate.

"But the tribal-state agreement also included a complicated formula for setting the total number of machines allowed statewide.

"The current cap set by the Gambling Control Commission is 61,957, though other state offices and a tribal group have calculated numbers as high as 113,000.

"The current cap has left some tribes, especially those that were late in developing casinos, short of 2,000 machines. The Cabazon tribe now has 1,956 machines..."

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