North Dakota Republican keeps pushing bill for non-Indian casinos

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate owns and operates the Dakota Magic Casino and Resort in Hankinson, North Dakota. Photo: DakotaMagicCasino

A proposal to authorize up to six non-Indian casinos in North Dakota continues to generate controversy.

Tribal leaders and Democrats immediately slammed the proposal as punishment for opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. But criticism hasn't stopped Rep. Al Carlson (R), the top Republican in the House, from continuing to push the bill.

After the House Judiciary Committee issued a "do not pass" recommendation last week, Carlson amended the measure. The changes would bar casinos within 40 miles of a reservation and require the casinos to be operated by private entities, rather than by the state.

But even that wasn't enough. While the committee approved the amendment, members issued a "do not pass" recommendation on House Concurrent Resolution 3033 once again on Monday, Forum News Service reported.

The state is home to five tribal casinos and prior attempts to open off-reservation casinos have been met with political opposition. Authorizing non-Indian casinos would require voters to approve an amendment to the state constitution.

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ND House committee again says no to casino idea (Forum News Service 3/20)

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