Lawmakers not rushing to pass Eastern Cherokee casino pact

A key lawmaker says a vote on the new Class III gaming compact for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is not likely this week.

Principal Chief Michell Hicks and Gov. Beverly Perdue (D) signed the compact yesterday. But lawmakers did not bring it up for a vote and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) said it might not come up at all before the session ends today.

That means Perdue might have to call another special session for the compact. Otherwise, lawmakers can take it up when they return to work in February 2012.

Once the deal passes the legislature, it can be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approval.

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