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LANSING, MI-The state House of Representatives has defeated a resolution that would have authorized development of another casino somewhere in the state. House Resolution 167 would have urged Gov. John Engler to approve a gaming compact between the state and the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians in Allegan County, in the western portion of Michigan.

If the compact was approved, the tribe could have built a casino anywhere in the state.

State Rep. Mike Kowall (R-Waterford) says there’s already enough casinos in Michigan. He adds there should be more control over where they are installed.

“The majority of Oakland County residents have repeatedly shown one isn’t welcome here,” Kowall says. “Defeating this resolution slows casino expansion in the state and keeps the choice to have one in the hands of local communities.”

Supporters of the resolution argue that the federal government might force the compact through anyway.

There are three casinos in Detroit, within about 20 miles from the Oakland County border. There are also casinos, mostly owned by American Indian tribes, in middle and upper Michigan.

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