By Jim Miller
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 12:59 pm
A revamped casino compact between the Brown administration and a prominent San Diego County tribe seems headed for quick ratification after brief informational hearings this week and Assembly approval Friday morning.
The renegotiated compact between the state and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians would replace a decade-old agreement between the tribe and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. That pact, celebrated during a packed Memorial Auditorium signing ceremony in June 2004, allowed the tribe and four others to operate an unlimited number of slot machines in return for making revenue-sharing payments to the state.
The renegotiated pact, announced last week, makes the revenue-sharing payment a percentage of casino earnings instead of a flat fee.
“What you’re doing is really creating a scenario here where the state of California will share with you in the good times and in the more difficult times we will share with you as well,” state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, the chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, said Thursday during an informational hearing on the pact.
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