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Gaming dispute continues: Speaker McCall says compacts automatically renewed

Posted at 12:48 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 01:48:21-05

Many top Oklahoma lawmakers are siding with Tribal Nations in the battle over tribal gaming compacts.

However, he governor says it's the state's right to oversee the industry.

House Speaker Charles McCall believes the state's tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1.

He says the legislature made that clear 15 years ago.

"I think it's very clear that the intent of the legislature in reviewing the 2004 highlight session, there's some floor audio previously indicates that it was anticipated that the compacts would auto renew for 15 years," McCall said.

The dispute boils down to how much money the tribes pay in exclusivity fees, allowing them to be the only ones with casinos in Oklahoma.

Now, it's up to a federal judge to decide. Governor Stitt believes the ruling will be in his favor.

While others are concerned about what this fight will mean for the state's relationship with the tribes.

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