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Lawmakers object to liquor license for Nez Perce Tribe casino

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Some lawmakers in Idaho are raising concerns about a bill that would allow the Nez Perce Tribe to sell liquor at its casino.

The tribe already sells beer and wine at the Clearwater River Casino. As part of a $16 million expansion, the tribe wants to offer liquor at the facility.

“I know the tribe has struggled with the issue of alcoholism, and I don't see how this legislation will help them deal with that,” said Rep. Brent Crane (R), The Lewiston Tribune reported.

The bill creates a new exception in state liquor law that applies to tribal hotel facilities with at least 50 rooms and at least 50,000 square-feet of space.

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Temperance concerns almost derail Nez Perce liquor license bill (The Lewiston Tribune 2/12)
Nez Perce tribe’s bid for liquor license draws foes (AP 2/13)

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