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Okla. to terminate tribal tobacco deals

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2002

Outgoing Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating (R) wants to terminate existing tobacco compacts with the state's tribes in order to come up with a new deal that will "level the playing field," the Associated Press reports.

Keating believes Indian tribes have an unfair advantage over non-Indians, an aide said. He would like to raise the amount tobacco taxes the tribes remit to the state.

Under the compacts, which expire in early 2003, the tribes share 25 percent with the state. Gov-elect Brad Henry (D) said he agrees that new deals need to be negotiated. The tribes are getting a six-month extension pending new talks.

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Keating wants to revise tribal tobacco tax compacts (AP 12/5)
Tobacco compacts up for renegotiation (The Daily Oklahoman 12/5)
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