The Oklahoma Supreme Court docket has declared in favor of Senate Professional Temp Greg Deal with and Home Speaker Charles McCall that Governor Stitt overstepped his authority by bypassing the legislature.
In December of 2019, Governor Stitt signed an extension with the United Keetoowah Band & Kialegee Tribal City unilaterally. On Tuesday, the court docket dominated that by getting into into the brand new compacts with the 2 tribes below completely different phrases than the Mannequin Gaming Compact and with out approval from the Joint Committee, the chief department disrupted the steadiness between itself and the legislative department.
The court docket concluded by declaring that with out approval by the Joined Committee, the brand new tribal gaming compacts are invalid below Oklahoma Regulation. The Supreme Court docket lately tossed out two different compacts with The Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe on the identical grounds.
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The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Affiliation Chairman Matthew L. Morgan issued this assertion in response to the ruling:
“We respect the readability and succinct knowledge of the Oklahoma Supreme Court docket’s ruling immediately:
‘The Government department’s motion in getting into into the brand new compacts with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Kialegee Tribal City – containing completely different phrases than the Mannequin Gaming Compact and with out approval from the Joint Committee – disrupts the right steadiness between the Government and Legislative branches.’
As we now have constantly maintained, the renewed Mannequin Gaming Compact crafted greater than 15 years in the past is the one legitimate digital gaming compact between the State and any Oklahoma Tribal Nation.”