Tribe lawsuit challenges Arizona gambling expansion law

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PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona tribe that did not sign a revised gambling agreement with the state earlier this year, has filed a lawsuit alleging that a new state law is unconstitutional and has left some rural tribes in the cold by excluding them from negotiations. get out the legislation.

The complaint filed by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian tribe on Thursday petition in court prevent the Department of Gaming from issuing sports betting licenses and authorizing sports betting, reported the Republic of Arizona.

The lawsuit said the state presented the tribe with an amended pact “as a non-negotiable ‘take it or leave it’ ‘proposition.

The legislator who sponsored the gambling legislation defended it as fair and equitable.

The timing of the trial “on the cusp of selection rather than during the legislative session or when the bill is enacted, amounts to the end of this qualification-based award process,” Senator TJ said on Friday. Shope, R-Coolidge. .

Legislation signed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey last spring expands the types of games allowed at tribal casinos, allows tribes and professional sports teams to take bets at sports nights, and allows six operators to register players to bet on. fantastic virtual games.

A judge has scheduled an emergency hearing next Friday on the costume.