Oklahoma Governor Says Gambling Could Be Illegal at Tribal Owned Casinos on January 1
A fifteen year agreement is coming to an end in a few weeks. Looks like an extension needs to be worked on so that they can be open legally.
It looks like a gaming compact is coming to an end in Oklahoma on January 1, 2020. This affects tribal owned casinos in the state. The tribes pay the state between 4% and 10% of their adjusted gross revenues for the exclusive right to operate Class III gaming, which includes slot machines, roulette and craps.
Governor Kevin Stitt says those gambling activities will be illegal if an extension is not met. “We don’t need an extension to operate after Jan. 1,” said Matthew Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. We will see what happens if an extension is not met in the next few weeks.
Stitt said the state is preparing to hire and out of state law firm to help fight a legal battle if an extension is not agreed to. “I think tribal leadership is prepared, if that’s where Governor Stitt takes it,” Morgan said. The Chickasaw Nation has filed notice with the Department of Interior saying a legal fight may be imminent.