Governor Schwarzenegger asked Congress Tuesday to retain state limits on a new class of gambling machines that — if unregulated — would hurt his demand for a share of gaming profits to help control California´s deficit.
He says proposed amendments to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act hurt the state´s ability to protect citizens from the consequences of tribal gambling.
He particularly objects to letting tribes operate a new class of gambling machines without requiring them to first negotiate a compact with states. Schwarzenegger is holding out the possibility of letting tribes operate more slot machines in return for a state share of the profits.
Officials of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association are not immediately commenting.