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house Bill H.R. 308

Should Congress Ban the Construction of More Casinos in the Phoenix Metro Area?

Argument in favor

There are already seven casinos in that part of Arizona, and voters approved an agreement to prohibit any additional casinos in the area.

SherryTX's Opinion
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10/26/2015
I really need more info. Tribes should be able to do as they wish with their lands, BUT, if there was an agreement in place limiting casinos, or anything else, that should be upheld.
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Brian's Opinion
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03/23/2016
Gambling is an unhealthy addiction and creates other burdens upon society. We don't need more places of vice.
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Mark's Opinion
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11/17/2015
Yes, because states can't regulate themselves very well.
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Argument opposed

The building site is within the tribe’s reservation boundaries — they should be able to build a casino if they want to.

operaman's Opinion
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10/26/2015
Let Phoenix area or State government handle the problem.
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LibertyForAll's Opinion
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11/05/2015
The Federal government has no jurisdiction in this matter. This is a State/Reservation matter.
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Loraki's Opinion
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10/31/2016
I really hate gambling and street drugs! That being said, perhaps you remember what happened when Prohibition was enacted?! Don't y'all ever learn from history? “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed." (James‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NKJV‬)‬ Moreover, as many others have pointed out, this is definitely overreach by Trent Franks and John McCain, and they should know better than to try to regulate something that is rightfully the business of the state.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Rejected November 17th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 263 Yea / 146 Nay
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 13th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 308?

This bill would prohibit additional casinos from being built within the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area on Department of the Interior land that was purchased to be held in trust for the benefit of a Native American tribe after April 2013.

The prohibition on the construction and operation of additional casinos would remain in effect until it expires on January 1, 2027.

Congress expresses that it is acting in support of Arizona voters who approved Proposition 202, authorizing agreements between tribes and the state of Arizona for the “continuation of limited, regulated gaming on tribal lands.” The expiration date of this legislation was chosen to coincide with the expiration of the gaming compacts that voters authorized in Proposition 202.

Impact

Residents of the area near the proposed casino, Arizona voters, the tribe that wants to build a casino, the Department of the Interior, and the Secretary of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 308

A current CBO cost estimate is unavailable. The CBO did analyze this legislation in July 2013 and found that it would not have a significant impact on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: A federal district court judge ruled in favor of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s right to build a casino on the land, rejecting the claim that the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact limited the number of Phoenix-area casinos to seven. The ruling stated: 

"No reasonable reading of the compact could lead a person to conclude that it prohibited new casinos in the Phoenix area.”


Of Note: Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has sponsored a companion bill in the Senate, noting

“Congress did not envision Indian gaming on the kinds of lands involved in the West Valley issue.”

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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user AisForAmy91)

AKA

Keep the Promise Act of 2015

Official Title

To prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian lands in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts.

    I really need more info. Tribes should be able to do as they wish with their lands, BUT, if there was an agreement in place limiting casinos, or anything else, that should be upheld.
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    Let Phoenix area or State government handle the problem.
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    The Federal government has no jurisdiction in this matter. This is a State/Reservation matter.
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    I really hate gambling and street drugs! That being said, perhaps you remember what happened when Prohibition was enacted?! Don't y'all ever learn from history? “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed." (James‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NKJV‬)‬ Moreover, as many others have pointed out, this is definitely overreach by Trent Franks and John McCain, and they should know better than to try to regulate something that is rightfully the business of the state.
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    Not up to the federal government. It is up to the local government and residents.
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    Really, the Feds regulating market share disputes in Arizona . Political payoffs
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    No, this is purely a state issue. Arizona should legalize for profit gambling casinos.
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    Not a Federal government issue. It is a state issue.
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    Congress should not meddle in the affairs of tribal land. The free market should drive this issue. If the people of Phoenix are too stupid to know the casino is making far more money than they are giving out at a scale that supports more than 1 casino, then so be it.
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    Let Phoenix and The State of Arizona decide. This is not a federal issue.
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    It's strikes me as odd that the legislators say they are proposing this bill for the people of Arizona when they are the ones who voted for a continuation of gambling on tribal Lands. It seems that the people's will has already been voiced and a judge has upheld this. From my perspective this bill seems it's more for the existing tribal casinos that face losing market share than the residents of Arizona. It would not surprise me if both Trent Franks and John McCain got large campaign donations from current gaming entities. To pass federal legislation only regulating a particular industry in a particular state during an election year screams corruption. Can we say quid pro quo?
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    If people want to waste their money, let them!
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    The tribal land is not US soil and they can do just about what they want with it.
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    That a local issue should be resolved by state
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    This should be up to the state. The fed should stay out of this
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    No! This is a city, county, state issue. Congress needs to stay out of this.
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    That's not the US congresses problem, it's Arizona's state government's problem.
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    Local and/or tribal issue
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    Congress should not be banning any thing that a state decision. Stay the hell out of the States' business. You can't manage your own!
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    It's not up to congress to regulate casinos. It's a state issue.
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