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Tribal Gaming Supporter Backs Away

State Senator Jim Battin is backing away from his offers to promote tribal gambling – an issue Battin oversees as a full-time state lawmaker. Battin and several partners offered to coordinate advertising campaigns promoting tribal casinos.

Battin is one of the LegislatureĀ“s most vocal supporters of Indian gambling. The Republican from La Quinta says a deluge of criticism convinced him not to accept private business from tribes.

Battin is a member of the committee that considers card room and horse racing legislation, and serves on a select committee on horse racing. Battin says he will continue to accept non-gambling related business through the firm he started to provide income beyond the 99-thousand dollars he earns as a legislator.

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