Oklahoma AG hires outside attorneys on gambling negotiations

The Associated Press - September 14, 2019 7:44 am

Image: MGN

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma’s attorney general has agreed to pay a Michigan law firm up to $250,000 to help represent the state in negotiations with Oklahoma-based Native American tribes over compacts that allow gambling.
Republican Mike Hunter’s office signed the agreement last week with the law firm Dykema Gossett. A Hunter spokesman said on Friday that the outside attorneys were necessary because of their experience in tribal negotiations.
Discussions between the state and the tribes got off to a rocky start this summer when new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said that he wanted to renegotiate the deals.
The two sides disagree over whether the existing compacts automatically renew on January 1st, 2020.
Tribes paid the state about $139 million last year in fees under the compacts.
The contract was first reported by The Oklahoman.

 

Latest Stories

Former Oklahoma Teacher Charged With Rape After Alleged Relationship With Student

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Oklahoma –  Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a former elementary school teacher in Pottawatomie County...

3 Arrested At Marijuana Grow Operation After Garvin Co. Deputies Received Reports Of Person Being Dragged On Road

ELMORE CITY, Oklahoma –  Three employees at a Garvin County marijuana grow operation, later determined illegal,...

Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board Denies Clemency For Gilbert Postelle

OKLAHOMA CITY –  The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 4 to 1 to deny clemency...