The California Senate yesterday approved legislation that would prohibit Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from negotiating gambling deals with Indian tribes that do not have federally recognized land on which the casinos would be located.The bill is aimed at blocking further so-called ''reservation shopping'' whereby disadvantaged tribes seek to locate casinos in economically viable areas. It was sent to the State Assembly after a yes vote of 31-4.
The bill's author, Sen. Dean Florez, argued that when California voters initially approved Indian gambling in 1998 they were told casinos would be located on federally recognized reservations.
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