Saturday, December 1, 2007

Federal Govt. Trumps CA Voters; Arnold OK with it

Looks like the Federal Govt. does not want Californians to decide in state matters. They have approved the compacts

Interior Dept. OKs tribes' gambling agreements

By James P. Sweeney

8:33 p.m. November 30, 2007

SACRAMENTO – In a stunning development, federal officials confirmed late Friday that controversial gambling agreements for four Southern California Indian tribes, including Sycuan of El Cajon, have been approved by the U.S Interior Department.
As a result, under federal law, the multibillion-dollar deals could take effect early next week even though all face a statewide vote on the Feb. 5 ballot.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who negotiated the agreements, called the unexpected development “good news.”

“The governor believes that these compacts are strong and that this action by the federal government upholds the validity of the compacts,” Sabrina Lockhart said.

The administration, however, also was assessing the many legal questions, including what it may mean for the pending ballot measures, Lockhart said.

“We are pleased that the federal government has approved the Pechanga compact,”
Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro said. “This approval reaffirms the validity of this comprehensive government agreement.”
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