A federal judge ruled that Arizona Governor Jane Hull may not negotiate gambling compacts with Indian tribes. Instead, that authority rests with the state legislature.
The judge also ruled that the state does not allow slot machines, keno or blackjack.
The Arizona attorney general said the ruling shouldn’t affect the existing 19 tribal casinos, but could block the governor from negotiating future deals if the order is upheld.
It could also affect the ability of the state to renew existing compacts, which begin to expire starting in 2003.
The ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed by Phoenix’s three race tracks, which contended tribal casinos operate illegally, siphoning millions of gambling dollars every year.