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June 26, 2008

SACRAMENTO - A bill to allow tribes to operate the number of slot machines the state agreed to in 1999 was rejected by an Assembly committee yesterday. The Governmental Organization Committee defeated bill SB 1201 which would authorize 60 tribes with 1999 signed compacts to expand their casinos with up to 2,000 total slot machines.

There tribes have been limited to smaller numbers by a state imposed total cap for all casinos. The author of the bill, Sen. Jim Battin, a Palm Desert Republican, told the committee the statewide cap was rendered meaningless by the compacts negotiated after 1999 that authorized unlimited slots.

The committee also rejected bill SB 864 yesterday. That bill would impose fines of $10,000 for each bingo machine operated off Indian reservations.

Although defeated, both bills could be reconsidered this year.

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