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Group files initiative to legalize Arizona casinos

A group calling itself Arizonans for Fair Gaming has filed an initiative that would allow gambling at private casinos and racetracks if it wins voter approval.

The 50-page initiative was filed Friday with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.

Organizers would have to collect nearly 173,000 signatures before July 5, 2012, for it to go before voters in November.

The summary of the initiative argues that allowing only Indian tribes to run casinos in Arizona has created an unacceptable monopoly. They say allowing racetracks and private casinos in Arizona would create jobs and tax revenue for education, police and other uses.

The chairman of the group is identified as Carl E. Nicholson. The group lists a UPS store mailbox as its address and an answering service answers its telephone.

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