Oklahoma tribes with casinos say no to compact arbitration

The Associated Press - November 10, 2019 8:11 am

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma’s 35 tribal nations with casinos have rejected arbitration in a dispute with the state over whether existing gaming compacts automatically renew at the end of the year.
The Tulsa World reports that the tribes say in a letter to state Attorney General Mike Hunter that they remain unified in the belief that the compacts renew.
Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has said that the 15-year-old compacts expire at the end of the year and he wants to renegotiate them to give the state a larger share of casino revenue.
The tribes pay fees of between 4% and 10% of a casino’s net revenue and receive exclusive rights to operate casinos in the state. The fees generated nearly $139 million for the state last year.
Stitt spokeswoman Baylee Lakey said the governor is disappointed that the tribes declined arbitration. Hunter’s office declined comment.

 

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