Oklahoma AG hires outside attorneys on gambling negotiations
The Associated Press - September 14, 2019 7:44 am
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.