Calif. Justices Say Gov. OK To Back Feds On Tribal Casino
Law360 (August 31, 2020, 10:54 PM EDT) — The Supreme Court of California said Monday that the state’s governor could agree to a federal decision backing the Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians’ off-reservation casino plans, saying he has that authority even though the state constitution doesn’t explicitly say so.
The United Auburn Indian Community had challenged former Gov. Jerry Brown’s concurrence with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s finding in favor of the Enterprise Rancheria’s Sacramento-area casino project, arguing that a constitutional amendment allowing some tribal gambling didn’t permit the governor to approve the project and that doing so violated the separation of powers among government branches.