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Tribal State Regulatory Board Sets Deadline for Proposals on Tribal Casino Regulations

The Tribal State Regulatory Board has set July 11, 2007 as the deadline for the state Gambling Control Commission to formally submit their proposal regarding the uniform internal control regulations for the Indian Casinos in the state of California.

The state showed the draft in a closed door meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at the Fantasy Spring Resort and Spa to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Commission made up of 66 California Tribes which have gambling agreements or compacts.

Michael Lombardi, a gaming commissioner for the Augustine Casino from Coachella who led the closed door meeting, said that there is much debate on the matter but they have come to a consensus that the proposal should be open for review.

The Democrats in the Assembly said that the issue should have a resolution before new Indian Gaming compacts that would allow 22,500 slot machines in 5 tribal gambling casinos in California are finalized by the legislature.

The state commented that they already have an oversight in the matter, prompting renewed talks over when the issue should have any effect at all or making new Indian gaming compacts with the tribes, like the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

Assemblyman Roberto Torrico, a Democrat from Fremont, has been a pillar in keeping a tight hold on the financial issue from the public. Torrico has scheduled a May 14, 2007 hearing in Sacramento to review the financial issue.

A spokeswoman for the Gambling Control Commission, Anna Carr, commented that the meeting last Wednesday in Indio was closed down to the public because the law to make a blueprint in order to monitor the cash flow and the internal control system for the Indian owned casinos in California are still in draft.

Carr said that the tribes exceed the internal control standard set by officials.


06/20/2007 21:56 PM
Davis Coulter