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Governor is likely to sign Spokane tribal gambling compact...

Despite resistance from some some lawmakers, Gov. Chris Gregoire says she'll likely sign a proposed compact that would allow the Spokane Tribe of Indians up to 4,700 slot-style machines at as many as five casinos.
"I'm delighted they finally did come to the table," said Gregoire, who as attorney general once sued the tribe for offering gambling without a state compact. "They have stayed the course and negotiated in good faith."
She spoke at her weekly news conference with reporters at the capitol.
Asked if she would sign the compact as it is now, Gregoire responded "I haven't thoroughly reviewed it, every jot and tittle of it, but the parameters that I've heard about, yes I would."
Several prominent lawmakers in both parties have suggested that the compact is too generous and will spark me-too requests from other tribes. It allows high-stakes betting for pre-approved high rollers and cash-fed slot-style machines, both a first in Washington. It would also allow the Spokanes the second-highest number of slot-style machines of any Washington tribe, after the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
The state gambling commission will hold a hearing on the compact in early February and vote whether to recommend the governor sign it. But Gregoire is the state's final word on the agreement.




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