Federal Judge Rules Oklahoma's Tribal Gaming Compact Automatically Renews

  • Federal judge rules Oklahoma tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on January 1
  • Oklahoma must "bear the cost" of poorly negotiated gaming compacts, governor says
  • Tribes to continue paying the state 4-10 percent of net gaming revenues in exclusivity fees

A federal judge on Tuesday handed Oklahoma’s governor another setback in his efforts to renegotiate state-tribal gaming compacts and the exclusivity fees paid to the state that have been in place for more than 15 years.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy DeGiusti sided with Oklahoma tribes, ruling that the tribes’ compacts with the state automatically renewed for an additional 15-year term on January 1, 2020.

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