Gambling in Oklahoma could change if state, tribes do not come to agreement

Gambling in Oklahoma could change if state, tribes do not come to agreement


DETAILS. DILLON: ABIGAIL, JESS, 15 YEARS
AGO VOTERS APPROVED STATE
QUESTION 712. THAT ALLOWED TRIBES EXCLUSIVE
RIGHT TO OPERATE CERTAIN TYPES
OF GAMBLING, AS LONG AS THEY PAY
FOR PERCENT AND 6% OF THE
REVENUE TO THE STATE. GOVERNOR STITT SAYING HE WANTS
THE PERCENT THEY PAY TO GO UP,
WHEN THOSE ORIGINAL AGREEMENTS
TERMINATE AT THE END OF THE
YEAR. HE WROTE IN AN OP-ED QUOTE, THE
EASIEST THING TO DO IS SIMPLY
RENEW THE EXISTING COMPACTS AS
IS. I BELIEVE, HOWEVER, THAT VOTERS
ELECTED ME TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING
IN STATE GOVERNMENT WITH A FRESH
EYE. OKLAHOMA INDIAN GAMING
ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN MATTHEW
MORGAN SAYS HE THINKS THE FEES
THE TRIBES PAY NOW ARE FAIR. HE SAYS, IF TRIBES CAN’T COME TO
A NEW AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE,
THE ONE IN PLACE NOW WILL
JUST AUTO RENEW FOR 15 MORE
YEARS. STITT SAYS THE AGREEMENTS EXPIRE
IF THEY CAN’T AGREE.>>IF THE NEGOTIATION TACTIC IS
“WE WANT A HIGHER RATE,” I THINK
THE QUESTION BACK WOULD BE, WELL
WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO OFFER
, FOR THAT HIGHER RATE? DILLON: IF THE STATE’S RIGHT AND
THOSE AGREEMENTS DO EXPIRE AT
THE END OF THE YEAR, AND IF
THERE’S NO NEW AGREEMENT, TRIBES
COULD LOSE THE ABILITY TO OFFER
CERTAIN

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