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Washington Supreme Court to hear suit over tribal gas compact

The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear Automotive United Trades Organization v.State, a case over tribal gas tax compacts.

The Automotive United Trades Organization represents non-Indian gas stations. The group claims the gas compacts, in which tribes share a portion of revenues with the state, are unfair and unconstitutional.

A judge dismissed the lawsuit because the tribes weren't named as parties. The Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal but the merits aren't at issue at this point.

The Washington Policy Center says tribes will receive $22 million in revenues this year under the compact.

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Tribal gas tax lawsuit headed to Supreme Court (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 9/16)

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