Casino Approval Bill

Lawmakers will continue to have no oversight of plans for off-reservation casinos such as those proposed by tribes in Shullsburg, Beloit and Kenosha.

That's because the state Assembly failed to override Governor Jim Doyle's veto of a bill that would give lawmakers the authority to approve new casinos.

The projects in Shullsburg, Beloit and Kenosha need blessings from a federal agency and Doyle to move forward. The bill passed by lawmakers would have allowed Doyle to approve the projects only if the Legislature let him.

But Doyle says involving 132 state lawmakers in the decision would be too complicated. He says the review process already includes extensive study by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which must conclude the casino is in a community's best interest.

Republican Assembly Speaker John Gard, from Peshtigo, says lawmakers deserve a say because casinos have a major impact on the state.


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