Senate Approves Rohnert Park Casino

By: Brian Shields - Mon, 07 May 2012 17:33:56 -0800

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has approved an agreement with a Northern California Indian tribe that plans to build a casino about 50 miles north of San Francisco.

      Gov. Jerry Brown signed a compact in March with the 1,300-member Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which intends to build on 254 acres near Rohnert Park in Sonoma County. The Senate ratified it Monday on a 34-4 vote.

      The bill, AB517, now goes to the state Assembly.

      The compact allows for 3,000 slot machines and card games.

      Up to 15 percent of the casino's net winnings would go to the city and county to offset the casino's effects. The tribe would pay the state $1.4 million a year for its costs of regulating gambling and assisting problem gamblers.

      (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
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