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Gambling Commission and the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe reach tentative agreement on a sports wagering compact amendment

Posted on:  May 11, 2021

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Gambling Commission has reached a tentative agreement with the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe to amend its Class III gaming compact to add sports wagering. This is the fourth sports wagering tentative agreement in the state and this amendment establishes the framework for sports wagering at the Tribe’s Class III gaming facility. (Full Amendment Attached)

“This agreement ensures sports wagering will be conducted with the highest integrity while protecting the public by keeping gambling legal and honest,” said Washington State Gambling Commission Chair Bud Sizemore. “I appreciate the Tribe and State’s cooperative and thoughtful approach on this agreement.”

On behalf of the Snoqualmie Tribe, we would like to thank the State administrators and casino team members who contributed to the Washington sports wagering regulatory framework,” said Snoqualmie Tribal Chairman Robert de los Angeles. “We look forward to providing this exciting new gaming offering to our loyal casino patrons, which will allow us to expand our tribal programs and community partnerships.”

This amendment allows the Tribe and State the ability to effectively address the Legislature’s primary sports wagering policy concerns now codified in the Gambling Act: licensing, agency funding, regulation, criminal enforcement, money laundering, sport integrity, and responsible and problem gambling.

The Gambling Commission anticipates it will have draft rules to its Commissioners for their review at the agency’s June 10, 2021 public meeting. Details for that meeting can be found on the agency’s website.

For questions for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe please contact: Jaimie Martin, Executive Director of Governmental Affairs & Special Projects: jaime.martin@snoqualmietribe.us.

Public comments regarding this compact amendment may be submitted to: compactcomments@wsgc.wa.gov.

BACKGROUND:

This tentative agreement must now go through a state and federal approval process. The next steps in this process are:

  1. Legislative Hearings will be held in the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Tribal Affairs and House Commerce and Gaming Committees.
  2. The Gambling Commission will view and vote on this compact amendment at June 10, 2021 public hearing. If approved by the agency’s Commissioners, the proposed compact amendment will be forwarded to the Tribal Chair and then the Governor for signature.
  3. Once signed by both the Tribal Chair and the Governor, the Tribe will send the amendment to the Secretary of the United States Department of Interior for consideration and publication in the Federal Register.
  4. The compact amendment is not final, and sports wagering cannot begin, until it is published in the Federal Register.

Washington State was the first state in 2020 to enact a new sports wagering law. The Gambling Act (RCW 9.46) contains all sports wagering state laws, including additional money laundering and sport integrity provisions to protect gambling and sporting events occurring in the state and around the country.

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 provides that Indian tribes may conduct Class III gaming activities on Indian lands when the gaming is conducted in conformance with a tribal-state compact. RCW 9.46.360 provides that the Gambling Commission negotiate those compacts on behalf of the state. The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s tribal-state compact for Class III gaming was originally signed in February 15, 2002, and this is the fifth amendment.

Media Contact: 

Brian J. Considine
Legal and Legislative Manager
Washington State Gambling Commission
(360) 485-8921 (mobile)
Brian.considine@wsgc.wa.gov