Gov. Doug Ducey signs new gaming compact with Ariz. Native American tribes

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation and an amended tribal-state gaming compact April 15 intended to modernize gaming in Arizona and provide millions of dollars in revenue for critical state needs, according to a news release from the governor's office. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation and an amended tribal-state gaming compact April 15 intended to modernize gaming in Arizona and provide millions of dollars in revenue for critical state needs, according to a news release from the governor's office. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation and an amended tribal-state gaming compact April 15 intended to modernize gaming in Arizona and provide millions of dollars in revenue for critical state needs, according to a news release from the governor's office. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation and an amended tribal-state gaming compact April 15 intended to modernize gaming in Arizona and provide millions of dollars in revenue for critical state needs, according to a news release from the governor's office.

“I can’t overstate the impact the tribal-state gaming compact amendment and its associated legislation will have on our state,” Ducey told guests at a ceremony at the Heard Museum in Phoenix during the signing April 15. “Gaming employs thousands of Arizonans, and it generates millions in tax revenue that benefits areas like K-12 education, conservation and treatment centers. Today’s signing is a culmination of years of partnership and engagement among many diverse stakeholders—and we did it by bringing everyone to the table, pushing individual agendas aside and putting Arizona first.”


With current tribal-state gaming compacts expiring within the next few years, the Arizona Legislature last week passed a bill that modernizes gaming in Arizona and provides additional revenues for Arizona and tribal nations, according to the news release. The legislation, House Bill 2772, is part of a compromise that was negotiated in the amended gaming compact.

Gaming facilities provide tribes with funding sources to support tribal education, health care, housing and other basic services such as clean water, according to the news release. The modernized compact continues requirements for tribes to contribute a share of their net win from Class III gaming to pay for regulatory costs in exchange for substantial exclusivity with exceptions for sports betting, fantasy sports and keno, according to the news release.

In addition, the number of gaming devices that a tribe may operate will increase but continue to be limited, and a system that allows tribes to transfer all or some portion of its gaming device allocation to other tribes that have valid and effective tribal-state compacts will remain in place. The compact also specifies the number and location of authorized gaming facilities, including limitations, and it specifies the number and location of where and when the new facilities can be opened and operated, according to the release.