California governor won't delay off-reservation gaming pact

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) won't delay an off-reservation Class III gaming compact for the Enterprise Rancheria, a spokesperson said.

Brown negotiated the compact and agreed to the casino under the two-part determination provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act more than a year ago. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has already placed the casino site in trust.

But Sen. Kevin DeLeon (D) says Brown should not submit the compact to the Legislature until the state develops a policy on off-reservation gaming. A similar compact with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians barely won approval late last month.

“There was a lot of heartburn,” DeLeon told The Los Angeles Times, referring to the North Fork deal. “Much of that was caused by the fact that we lack a coherent state policy on these types of issues.”

A spokesperson for Brown, however, said the governor won't delay the agreement.

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