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State regulators OK tribal casino compacts
Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 8:20:32 AM
Washington state gambling regulators on Friday approved new compacts with 27 tribes that will allow thousands more slot-style machines in reservation casinos.
Although the deal now seems certain, state House Republicans decried what they called the largest expansion of gambling in state history and urged the Bush administration to reject the compacts.
The state Gambling Commission voted 5-3 to approve the new pacts, which include a major expansion of the machines and the gambling income to the tribes, but also place a limit on the number of casinos and require tribes to help finance problem-gambling and smoking-cessation programs.
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