In July 2019, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he wanted to renegotiate the state’s tribal gaming compacts.
The governor said he believed that the original rate of 4% to 6% of tribal revenues going to the state was fair at the time to incentivize the gaming industry, but it was time to take another look at the issue.
In the days that followed, the top leaders of five major Oklahoma-based tribes said they would reject the call to renegotiate.
Tulsa World capitol bureau reporter Barbara Hoberock provides answers to questions about tribal gaming as it becomes a topic of significant debate.
What is the dispute?
What is a compact?
How much does the state receive from tribal gaming compacts?
How much did the state receive in 2019?
What types of games are covered by the compact?
Can the compacts be expanded for other types of gaming?
How did the gaming compacts get started?
How many tribes are involved in the gaming compacts?
How many tribal compact gaming operations exist?
How do tribes use the money generated from gaming?
What impact do all tribal operations have on the state?
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“The State’s argument against renewal is not supported by any facts or law and arbitration is not presently justified,” tribes wrote in a Nov. 5 letter to Attorney General Mike Hunter.
The tribes insist their compacts automatically renew and want Gov. Kevin Stitt to agree before rate negotiations can occur. Stitt believes the compacts expire Jan. 1 and wants to negotiate new, significantly higher rates.
The governor says "the truth is on our side" on expiration of existing compacts, but tribes believe their gaming "will be as lawful in January 2020 as it is in December 2019."
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