California Governor Signs Sacramento County Casino Compact

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Native American tribe’s plans to build a casino near the California capital have cleared a major hurdle.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he has signed a tribal-state gaming compact with the Wilton Rancheria tribe. The tribe wants to build a casino resort in the Sacramento suburb of Elk Grove.

The compact details terms for licensing, oversight and environmental protection, among other things

The Sacramento Bee reports ( the tribe hopes to build a casino hotel with a convention center on Highway 99. The federal government has granted the tribe permission to control 36 acres for the project.

The Bee reports that the plan has drawn opposition and is being challenged in court. The compact still needs approval from the state Legislature.