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North Fork Casino passes skin-of-its teeth vote
- Published on 05/02/2013 - 12:46 pm
- Written by Business Journal staff
Plans to build a casino off of Highway 99 in Madera County dodged a narrow bullet today with a vote by the state Assembly approving a gaming compact with the North Fork Rancheria.
The bill, AB 277, failed to garner the needed 41 yeses in the first two rounds of Assembly voting, but eventually passed on a 41-12 margin, with 23 Assembly members abstaining, according to the Twitter feed of Jim Miller, Sacramento bureau reporter for the The Press-Enterprise in Riverside County.
The bill now moves to the Senate, where it would need 21 votes to pass. A vote has not been scheduled.
Senate approval could be the last roadblock for the casino, which would include 2,000 slot machines as well as a resort hotel. The North Fork Rancheria says the project would generate up to 4,500 jobs, $100 million in annual economic activity and $5 million in annual funding for Madera County.
Opponents of the project include operators of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold and a pair of influential gaming tribes in Riverside County that say the pact would set a bad precedent for tribes opening casinos off of their reservations. The North Fork Rancheria is based in Madera County's Sierra foothills.
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