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Rep. Sullivan introduces anti-Indian measure to block casinos

Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma) introduced H.R.4033, the Giving Local Communities a Voice in Tribal Gaming Act, on Wednesday.

The bill allows local governments the ability to veto Class III gaming facilities even if the state has agreed to a Class III gaming compact. It amends the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by inserting the following:
No Class III gaming activities may commence, irrespective of an approved Tribal-State Compact, unless the elected governing body and elected executive officials of each county, city, or other general purpose political subdivision in which a class III gaming activity under the Tribal-State Compact is to occur have approved the Class III gaming facility

The bill only applies to compacts entered into after January 1, 2011. That means it could be used against the Kialegee Tribal Town, whose casino Sullivan is trying to block.

“What I am doing is very simple, I am giving local government officials and the people they represent a chance to have their voice heard before a casino can set up shop in their neighborhood," Sullivan said in a press release. "Right now, there is no formal avenue for them to express their concerns or have those concerns taken into consideration – look at what is happening with the Kialegee Tribal Town Casino, the people of Broken Arrow are outraged not to have a say about what goes on in the local community, and they should be."

The bill was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.

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Oklahoma Rep. Sullivan's bill seeks more local input on casinos (The Tulsa World 2/16)
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Sullivan presses feds on casino legality (The Broken Arrow Ledger 2/16)
Pruitt sues to end casino construction (The Tulsa Beacon 2/16)
Sullivan Bill: Keeping Casinos From "Popping Up Anywhere" (KTUL-TV 2/15)

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