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Oklahoma Supreme Court finds state’s new gaming compacts invalid under state law


THE GOVERNOR. REPORTER: IT CERTAINLY IS. TOP LAWMAKERS OF THE GOVERNOR’S OWN PARTY SUED HIM OVER THESE NEW AGREEMENTS SAYING THAT HE HAD OVERSTEPPED HIS AUTHORITY AND THAT HE HAD VIOLATED SEPARATION OF POWERS. THE SUPREME COURT AGREED. >> THIS IS AN HISTORIC DAY. REPORTER: THE GOVERNOR SIGNED THOSE NEW AGREEMENTS WITH THE COMANCHE NATION AND THE OTOE-MISSOURIA TRIBE BACK APRIL. AMONG OTHER THINGS, THEY WOULD’VE LET THOSE TRIBES OFFER SPORTS BETTING, WHICH IS NOT ALLOWED UNDER OKLAHOMA LAW NOW. SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM GRE TREAT AND HOUSE SPEAKER CHARLES MCCALL, TOP REPUBLICANS, SUED THE GOVERNOR, SAYING HE CAN’T OFFER THE TRIBES A TYPE OF GAMING THAT LAWMAKERS HAVEN’T LEGALIZED. THEY PRAISED TODAY’S RULING. GOVERNOR KEVIN STITT, WRITING IN A STATEMENT, “THE SUPREME COURT DECISION HIGHLIGHTS AN APPARENT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE FEDERAL LAW AND OUR STATE LAWS. TOGETHER WITH THE MCGIRT DECISION, IT’S CLEAR THAT THE STATE HAS SIGNIFICANT WORK TO DO IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TRIBES TO RESOLVE THESE MATTERS ARE CO- — MATTERS THE CHAIRMAN SAYS THEY PLAN TO CONTINUE OPERATING UNDER THOSE AGREEMENTS THEY HAVE WITH THE STATE DECIDES THE SPORTS BETTING ISSUE. THEY SAY THAT THEY ARE MAINTAINING THAT THE AGREEMENTS AS A WHOLE ARE LEGAL UND

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Updated: 7:21 PM CDT Jul 21, 2020

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the new gaming compacts signed by the state and the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe are invalid under state law.Gov. Kevin Stitt announced back in April that Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John Shotton signed new gaming compacts between the state of Oklahoma and each tribe represented.The Oklahoma Supreme Court, however, ruled Tuesday that the governor has “exceeded his authorities” in entering into the compacts, because they would have allowed gaming not currently legal in Oklahoma, like sports betting.Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson, Sr. issued the following statement in response to today’s Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling:“Our compact is legal under federal law and is a matter of our tribal sovereignty. We intend to continue operating under the terms of the compact outside of offering games not currently authorized by state law. Our compact is legal and we are prepared to legally invoke the compact’s severability clause if necessary,” said Comanche Chairman William Nelson, Sr.Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John R. Shotton issued the following statement in response to the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling:“The Oklahoma Supreme Court doesn’t have jurisdiction to invalidate our compact when state and federal law dictates that our compact is legal. We have said all along we do not plan to offer house-banked card and table games and event wagering until they are authorized by state law. Indeed, this condition was part of the compact, and it was unfortunately overlooked by the Court. We will continue to operate under the remaining terms of our compact pursuant to the severability clause of the compact, and we will refrain from operating any game that is not authorized under state law.”Attorney General Mike Hunter released the following statement:“The Supreme Court affirmed what my office has opined, and the pro tem of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives have argued all along, the governor lacks the authority to enter into and bind the state to compacts with Indian tribes that authorize gaming activity prohibited by state law. We applaud today’s ruling and appreciate the court for carefully looking at this and coming to an apt conclusion. We hope this settles and advances the resolution of gaming compact negotiations.”Legislative leaders issued the following statements:“This ruling confirms what we have maintained all along: There are parameters defined by statute that must be followed in the negotiation of and entering into tribal gaming compacts. This has always been about preserving the separation of powers among the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. When one branch of government acts outside of its authority, the other branches must take steps to restore the balance of power. This is a victory for the rule of law and preserves the foundational principle of checks and balances upon which our government is based,” Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, said.“We appreciate the court’s quick decision and look forward to all parties proceeding in a mutually beneficial manner for Oklahoma and all sovereign tribal nations. From the start, this was about separation of powers, and the Supreme Court affirmed as much with a decisive ruling. Oklahoma and its tribal nations can move forward from this together as partners, as we have done for decades with great success,” House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, said.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the new gaming compacts signed by the state and the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe are invalid under state law.

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced back in April that Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John Shotton signed new gaming compacts between the state of Oklahoma and each tribe represented.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court, however, ruled Tuesday that the governor has “exceeded his authorities” in entering into the compacts, because they would have allowed gaming not currently legal in Oklahoma, like sports betting.

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Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson, Sr. issued the following statement in response to today’s Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling:

“Our compact is legal under federal law and is a matter of our tribal sovereignty. We intend to continue operating under the terms of the compact outside of offering games not currently authorized by state law. Our compact is legal and we are prepared to legally invoke the compact’s severability clause if necessary,” said Comanche Chairman William Nelson, Sr.

Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John R. Shotton issued the following statement in response to the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling:

“The Oklahoma Supreme Court doesn’t have jurisdiction to invalidate our compact when state and federal law dictates that our compact is legal. We have said all along we do not plan to offer house-banked card and table games and event wagering until they are authorized by state law. Indeed, this condition was part of the compact, and it was unfortunately overlooked by the Court. We will continue to operate under the remaining terms of our compact pursuant to the severability clause of the compact, and we will refrain from operating any game that is not authorized under state law.”

Attorney General Mike Hunter released the following statement:

“The Supreme Court affirmed what my office has opined, and the pro tem of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives have argued all along, the governor lacks the authority to enter into and bind the state to compacts with Indian tribes that authorize gaming activity prohibited by state law. We applaud today’s ruling and appreciate the court for carefully looking at this and coming to an apt conclusion. We hope this settles and advances the resolution of gaming compact negotiations.”

Legislative leaders issued the following statements:

“This ruling confirms what we have maintained all along: There are parameters defined by statute that must be followed in the negotiation of and entering into tribal gaming compacts. This has always been about preserving the separation of powers among the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. When one branch of government acts outside of its authority, the other branches must take steps to restore the balance of power. This is a victory for the rule of law and preserves the foundational principle of checks and balances upon which our government is based,” Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, said.

“We appreciate the court’s quick decision and look forward to all parties proceeding in a mutually beneficial manner for Oklahoma and all sovereign tribal nations. From the start, this was about separation of powers, and the Supreme Court affirmed as much with a decisive ruling. Oklahoma and its tribal nations can move forward from this together as partners, as we have done for decades with great success,” House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, said.

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