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McCain, Flake introduce bill to block new casino

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., left and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., left and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

Arizona’s two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to block construction of a Phoenix-area casino planned by a southern Arizona tribe.

If enacted, the bill introduced Monday by Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake would block the casino resort project planned by the Tohono O’odham Nation for a site on unincorporated land adjacent to Glendale.

The senators said in an announcement that their bill is a companion measure to House legislation approved by that chamber and sponsored by Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks.

The bill would prohibit the construction of any new Indian gambling operation on unincorporated land in the metro Phoenix area that is not contiguous to an existing Indian reservation.

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2 comments

  1. Ridiculous, last ditch effort , this battle has already been fought and the TO tribe, Glendale and the Valley are winners. McCain & Flake have once again shown who they represent and it is not the people,

  2. This has far greater reach than just this particular instance, and lawmakers see this. If this does go through, and as a Glendale resident, I hope it does not, you will see tribes purchasing land within cities like Phoenix, and building casinos. If the TO can break the pact they signed with the other tribes, and go against the 2002 vote and will of the people of Arizona, why wouldn’t another tribe do the same?

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