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Panel endorses Navajo deal allowing new casinos

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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 7:00 pm

A group of lawmakers recommended Wednesday that the full Legislature approve a Navajo Nation gambling agreement that would allow the tribe to open three new casinos, despite the panel’s earlier effort to restrict new gambling operations on the reservation.

The Committee on Compacts voted 12-4 Wednesday to send the agreement to the full House and Senate. The compact, negotiated between the tribe and the Governor’s Office, must be approved by the Legislature and the U.S. Department of the Interior. However, legislators cannot make changes to the deal before taking a vote on whether to approve it.

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