Hearing Set By Judge Regarding Seneca Casino In Buffalo

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Last week, a ruling came down that declared that the Seneca Indian Nation casino that was operating in Buffalo was doing so illegally. The casino remained open because the tribe claims there were no orders to shut it down.

Those orders may now come as soon as August 21st. That is the day that the federal judge who made the ruling last week has set to hear arguments from the two sides.

The Senecas will be on one side of the courtroom. They will be arguing that there was no order to shut down the casino, there fore they are in n o violation by continuing to operate.

Opponents of the casino will claim that the casino is operating illegally after last week’s ruling. They will try to prove that if it is illegal for the casino to be open, then an order should be granted to close the casinos doors.

At issue in the court battle was the Seneca’s claiming the casino was legal because it was on sovereign land. The judge, however, ruled that although it is on sovereign land, it was land that was acquired as part of a land claim.

That makes the casino operation illegal. Even if they are forced to shut down, the Senecas will most likely continue the legal battle in court, trying to get a favorable ruling for the casino.

Anti-Gambling Group in Maryland Asks John McDonough To Step Aside On Slots Question

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The state of Maryland is in one of those in between periods for gambling in the state. There will be a question posed to voters on a referendum proposed to voter on the 2008 ballot.

Marylanders United to Stop Slots has taken a step to ensure that the current acting Secretary of State is not involved in drawing up that ballot question. They have sent him a letter asking him to remove himself from the drawing up process.

John McDonough, the acting Secretary of State, is a former gambling lobbyists. This creates a conflict of interest, according to the anti-gambling group. They want McDonough to step aside and let other draw up the question.

“A former gambling lobbyist writing the slot gambling ballot question presents a clear conflict of interest, and we hope Secretary McDonough will step aside from this task and allow the ballot to be written in impartial fashion,” said Sott Arceneaux, senior Advisor for Marylanders United to Stop Slots.

Maryland is in similar economic trouble as other states and is searching for help. Slot machines could be the answer in the state. Other states have legalized slots at their racetracks and have profited greatly from the move.

In addition to just slots, several states have legalized other forms of regulated gambling with great results. The states have implemented problem gambling education, and have moved forward with the entertainment form of gambling that has brought in millions of dollars to state budgets.

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