The tribe has long sought a Class III gaming compact but a string of governors have refused to come to the table. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) appears to be carrying on that tradition, telling the media that it's up to state lawmakers to determine how to move forward. “If we are going to have a lottery in this state, it has to start in the Legislature and then it goes to a vote before the people,” Ivey said on Wednesday. Al.Com reported. Through a Class III gaming compact, the tribe is seeking to offer slot machines, black jack, craps and related games. The tribe would share revenues from those games in exchange for a promise of some form of exclusivity. According to the tribe, such an arrangement would bring in $1 billion after the first year of operation. The figures depend on the tribe being able to open two new casino resorts in Alabama, in addition to bringing Class III games to existing facilities that currently offer Class II games like bingo and electronic forms of bingo. “We hope that the information we are making available will prompt both citizens and our state’s legislators to seriously consider a solid plan for gaming that can have real economic benefits for Alabama,” said Bryan. “We believe that it is important everyone in the state has access to honest information and constructive ideas so they can make the best decisions about an issue that is critically important to Alabama’s economic well-being and quality of life.” When it comes to Indian gaming, Alabama is one of the few holdouts regarding full-scale Class III operations. Texas and Nebraska also fall into the bunch. The tribe, through its Wind Creek Hospitality enterprise, operates or manages tribal and commercial casinos across the U.S. and in other countries.
A plan to bring a billion dollars to the State of Alabama. https://t.co/DaYcNJ8m3O pic.twitter.com/jQkpFvivO5— Winning for Alabama (@Win4Alabama) November 11, 2019
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