North Dakota Casino Expansion Act

In North Dakota, the Republican lawmaker behind a proposed law that would allow voters to decide whether to change the state’s constitution to open a maximum of six state-owned casinos has reportedly been resized.

According to a report from the Associated Press news agency, Al Carlson of the North Dakota House Of Representatives introduced his House of Concurrent Resolution 3033 earlier this month in hopes of gaining voter approval to open up to six first-of-their-kind non-aboriginal casinos in the northern state.

The current constitution of North Dakota reportedly prevents legislators from authorizing “any game of chance, lottery or corporate prize” but does not allow charity gaming while also allowing the state of only 758,000 people to join the multi-jurisdictional lottery. However, superior federal law sanctions running casinos on tribal land and there are currently more than a dozen such venues in the Midwestern state including Sky Dancer Casino And Resort in Rolette County of India’s Turtle Mountain Band Of Chippewa and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of Prairie Knights Casino. And Resort near the small town of Fort Yates.

Carlson’s proposed bill, recently called “racist” by North Dakota State Senator Richard Marcellais, could reportedly see a state-wide vote on whether the state should allow non-tribal casinos for the first time to be held as soon as June 2018, although some critics claim that a measure of little more than a payback for the millions of dollars Bismarck has been forced out of for police protests linked to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project.

As originally written, Concurrent House Resolution 3033 would establish a seven-member gaming commission composed of experts appointed by the governor, auditor, state attorney general and legislative leaders while any of the new non-tribal casinos will not be allowed to operate within 20 miles of the reservation. Native American. Carlson’s amended size has now doubled this last provision by 40 miles while the second provision which would prohibit commercial gambling from being located within five miles of a city holding a population of more than 5,000 has been completely removed, meaning that this casino will be allowed almost anywhere. in the state.

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