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Bill requires Georgia lawmakers to approve casino compacts

A bill making its way through the Georgia General Assembly would allow lawmakers to reject Class III gaming compacts negotiated by the state governor.

The bill requires a two-thirds vote of the House and the Senate to ratify a compact. Sen. William Ligon (R) said it gives the state more control over gaming in the event a tribe obtains land in Georgia.

"If they were to win that argument, the state would be forced under federal law to enter into negotiations with the tribe," Ligon told Morris News Service. The bill passed the Senate yesterday.

The Kialegee Tribal Town of Oklahoma has reportedly filed a land-into-trust application in Georgia.

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