Senate Panel Mulls Changing Indian Gaming Regulatory Act

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is planning a hearing in June to consider amending the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), the committee’s staff director said Tuesday during the annual trade show of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) at the San Diego Convention Center.

“IGRA is 1988 … I will tell you that’s a while ago,“ Mike Andrews, the committee’s chief of staff, said during a panel session at the NIGA conference.

“I know that gaming has changed. So the question is, ‘Should IGRA match the change?'” Andrews said.

For years, gaming tribes have vociferously opposed the notion of amending IGRA for fear that Congress will only make the law worse.

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