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California Tribal Expansions Off this Year

1 September 2006

SACRAMENTO, California – As reported by Reuters: "Deals reached by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger allowing several of the state's Indian tribes to operate thousands more slot machines will not go before the state legislature until next year's session, legislative leaders said on Thursday.

"'No one is satisfied with the outcome of the administration's last-minute submission of gaming compacts to the legislature,' Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez said in a statement. 'I am committed to working with California's tribal nations over the next several months on these important compacts that will result in a mutually beneficial outcome.'

"Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, like Nunez a Democrat, said the pacts could not be decided before Thursday's end of the current session because of the late date they were received and because of their importance and complexity.

"Newspaper reports also said the proposed expansions were stalled amid a dispute over whether casino workers would be allowed to unionize…"

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