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ALLEGAN CASINO
(2007-07-20)
(wgvu) - A STEP FORWARD FOR BACKERS OF AN INDIAN GAMING CASINO IN WAYLAND TOWNSHIP, WITH ACTION THIS WEEK IN THE STATE HOUSE. BUT ALTHOUGH THE MOVE DOES REPRESENT PROGRESS FOR THE TRIBE THAT WOULD OPERATE THE CASINO, IT'S FAR FROM BEING A DONE DEAL.
GOVERNOR GRANHOLM AND THE GUN LAKE BAND OF POTTAWATOMIS HAVE ALREADY AGREED TO A REVENUE SHARING COMPACT FOR THE PRPOSED CASINO OFF THE BRADLEY EXIT OF U-S 131 IN ALLEGAN COUNTY. AND THIS WEEK, A NON BINDING RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE COMPACT WAS INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE.
BUT REPRESENTATIVE AND HOUSE SPEAKER PRO TEM MICHAEL SAK (D-GRAND RAPIDS) IS COUNSELING CAUTION. CONSIDERING PROBLEMS WITH SOME EXISTING COMPACTS WITH OTHER INDIAN CASINOS IN MICHIGAN, SAK SUGGESTS THE RESOLUTION MAY BE PREMATURE.
AND WHILE SOME SOME ARGUE THAT THE STATE IS ULTIMATELY POWERLESS TO BLOCK A FEDERALLY APPROVED CASINO, SAK ISN'T SO SURE. HE NOTES A FEDERAL SUIT FILED BY OPPONENTS TO BLOCK THE CASINO HAS YET TO BE RESOLVED, WITH A FINAL RULING POSSIBLY UNTIL EARLY NEXT YEAR.
AND THE CHANCES OF THAT SUIT FAILING OR SUCCEEDING? THAT ALSO DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK.
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