Fresno County Weighs Casino Resolutions
February 25, 2006 -- Fresno County supervisors are expecting heated debate Tuesday as they consider adopting two resolutions taking a stand against new casinos or casino expansion in the county.
County supervisors alone can't ban casino expansion, but it could be a big step as they work to make their position clear to the governor.
It's known as so-called "reservation shopping," tribes leaving their traditional lands to go into more lucrative urban areas to begin Indian gaming.
On Tuesday, Fresno County supervisors could pass a resolution taking a stand against "reservation shopping."
Supervisor Henry R. Perea says it's not what voters had in mind when they made a deal with Indian tribes in the 1990's.
"What we said is we support your ability to game on your tribal lands for economic development for your community, and that makes sense, but for them now to want to come off those lands and come into urban cores or off freeway corridors, that's not something that, at least, I support," said Perea.
A second resolution promises to bring even more heated debate. It would signify the county's opposition to any new casinos or casino expansion. "We are not anti-gambling, this is not a moral thing. Our lands can no longer take it; there's no water up there," said supervisor Bob Waterston.
Supervisor Perea admits, in theory, the county alone can't stop tribes from building on their legitimate land. It's ultimately up to the governor.
"It then ties to what the governor passed a year ago, in the form of a resolution saying, 'I will not sign any new compacts with any new tribes for more casinos unless I get an affirmative vote out of that community that it's gonna go into'," said Perea.
County supervisors will also be taking action to fix a $17 million dollar deficit in the county's mental health program during Tuesday's meeting.
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