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Mon., March 18, 2013, 8:29 a.m.

Opponents Target Indian Gaming

Opponents of tribal gaming in Idaho brought new legislation this morning to go after tribes' casinos, charging that they violate the Idaho Constitution. “The purpose of this is to again establish legislative control over the gambling in the state of Idaho,” former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert Bakes, a gambling opponent, told the Senate State Affairs Committee. Current tribal casinos in Idaho are legal under a voter-approved initiative and under compacts negotiated with the state, and they've survived multiple reviews in court. But Bakes and anti-gambling activist Mike Duff said they want to launch a new legal attack; their bill authorizes a new lawsuit by the state against tribal gaming, and would require legislative approval of any future gaming compacts or amendments to existing compacts/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: I don't like gambling of any sort because it's addictive and impoverishes some. However, I find it hypocritical to go after Indian gaming when the state rakes in million through the lottery. Izzit just me?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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