Okla. senate approves gaming compact bill
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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2003

The Oklahoma Senate voted 25-19 to approve a bill that legalizes certain electronic casino games in the state.

The bill allows race tracks to operate the same machines as tribal casinos. It authorizes the state to enter into compacts with tribes for Class II/Class III games.

The language in the 91-page bill applies to machines manufactured by Sierra Designs and Multimedia Games Inc.

Through a revenue-sharing provision in the bill's "model compact," the state hopes to take in $30 million a year from tribal gaming operations.

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Relevant Documents:
PDF: Oklahoma Compact Bill Revision 5

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