Proposed Legislation Would Change How Casinos Regulated

Friday, June 29th 2007, 6:32 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Proposed legislation to change how American Indian casinos are regulated isn't drawing much support fron tribal officials. According to a story from The Oklahoman's Washington bureau, the measure by North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan would give the National Indian Gaming Commission the authority to set internal control standards at the gaming facilities.

Tribal officials argued to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee that their casinos are regulated enough by their own tribal gaming commissions and the states where they're operated.

The internal control standards include basic casino operations such as the movement of money from machines and tables, the storage and use of playing cards and placement of surveillance cameras.

Chickasaw Nation gaming commissioner Tracy Burris was supposed to testify at the hearing but couldn't because of flight problems.

Burris' prepared testimony expressed strong reservations about Dorgan's bill, which would amend the federal gaming laws that tribes have been operating under for years.