Oklahoma tribal pacts including sports betting become effective, but battle is on

On Monday, controversial new tribal compacts executed by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and a pair of federally-recognized tribes became effective immediately after they were recorded in the Federal Register. However, the compacts, negotiated unilaterally by Gov. Stitt with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribes, are facing a legal challenge pending in the Oklahoma Supreme Court brought by top Oklahoma lawmakers, Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall.

The new compacts, if they stand, would allow the tribes to offer on-site sports betting and other previously prohibited games — and would be a way to distinguish their casino properties. Sports betting is currently not legal in Oklahoma, though lawmakers have entertained the idea.



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