SENATE VOTE AMBUSHES GAMING COMMISSION

June 08, 2001 9:12 PM
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A bill to fund California’s new gambling commission was defeated in the Senate yesterday, throwing the future of California regulators into chaos.

While the vote may come up again next week, the situation left the commission struggling in its efforts to take control of the state’s fledgling gaming industry.

Governor Gray Davis appointed members of the commission last August, but they’ve been working in borrowed office space without a staff of its own.

The Tribes have challenged the commission’s first full-year budget, which was cut 27 percent.