United Auburn Indian Community compact praised by lawmakers

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A new Class III gaming compact signed by the United Auburn Indian Community and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) received a favorable hearing in California on Tuesday.

Lawmakers praised the agreement at a Senate Governmental Organization Committee hearing, The Sacramento Bee reported. The paper noted that a 2004 compact signed by then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) wasn't well-received at the time.

"I don’t see anything not to love about this thing," Sen. Tom Berryhill (R) said yesterday of the new agreement, the Bee reported.

The 2004 compact required the tribe to pay its share of gaming revenues into the state's general fund. The new deal redirects a significant portion of money back to the Indian Gaming Revenue Sharing Trust Fund, which benefits local communities and tribes without large casinos.

According to the Bee, the Auburn Community will pay about $18 million every year into the trust fund, up from $2 million under the prior deal.

The tribe also will continue paying about $15 million a year into the general fund, the paper said. The deal includes an option to direct up to $9 million of those funds to Placer County.

A copy of the new compact can be found on the governor's website.

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