State Senate approves Rohnert Park casino compact

The agreement that would allow the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to proceed with a 3,000-slot machine casino outside Rohnert Park sailed through the state Senate Monday.

The agreement, or compact, was approved on a 34-4 vote; it needed 27 to pass as an urgency statute, which means it would take effect this year rather than next.

State Sen. Mark Leno, whose district includes Rohnert Park, carried the bill, AB 517, on the senate floor. He said the compact reflected "nine years worth of negotiation" between the tribe and the surrounding community and governments.

"All the money that will be expended by the tribe (in mitigation) is for local communities," he said, referring to a revenue-sharing agreement with Rohnert Park the tribe signed in 2005, and an agreement with the county to negotiate financial mitigations for the casino's impacts.

There was no discussion on the floor of the bill, which last week moved through Senate and Assembly committees.

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