Assembly Approves Tribal Casino Near Fresno

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Assembly has narrowly approved a compact authorizing the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians to build an off-reservation casino north of Fresno.

The 1,900-member tribe and its supporters say the Madera County casino will create 5,000 jobs and generate millions of dollars in economic activity in the Central Valley.

AB277 also ratifies an agreement between the state and the Wiyot tribe. It agreed not to open a casino on its land in Humboldt County in exchange for some of the revenue from the Madera County casino.

Other tribes lobbied against the casino compact, which was approved previously by Gov. Jerry Brown and the U.S. Department of Interior.

It took several rounds of voting Thursday before the bill eventually passed 41-12, sending it to the Senate.

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