Washington State’s Gambling Commission has opened the way for the expansion of tribal gambling across Washington after endorsing a casino compact with the Spokane Indian tribe.
According to Associated Press reports, Gov. Chris Gregoire and the federal government are expected to approve the pact, which will allow the Spokanes to operate up to five casinos, with up to 4,700 video gambling machines.
The state is also planning to allow similar expansion for other tribes. "Within a month, we will move to amend the other tribes' compacts, providing largely the same features as the Spokane agreement," said Tom Fitzsimmons, the governor's chief of staff and an expert on tribal relations.