Tribal Legal Oklahoma governor requests judge to declare casino gambling illegal January 23, 2020 By Ezra Amacher Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has filed a response in federal court that seeks to put a halt to most gambling in the state. Stitt’s filing asks that all Class III electronic games be deemed illegal as the state works out a gaming compact dispute with Native American tribes. Tribal leaders of the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee Nations filed a lawsuit on 31 Dec claiming that the gaming compact in place since 2004 should automatically renew on 1 Jan. Stitt has argued for the design and implementation of a new compact that would levy higher taxes on tribal casino gaming revenues. Currently the state receives a 4-10% share of revenues by way of exclusivity fees. Stitt wrote in an op-ed this week: “I believe that a new compact should more equitably allocate fees among tribes. It should include protections to require vendors not to exceed national market rates. And it should address changing market conditions.” Stitt claims that the state has attempted to initiate renegotiation four times but in each instance tribal leaders chose to disengage in talks. The Office of the Governor also announced it would be represented by two local law firms in Oklahoma City. Last month, Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs Lisa J. Billy resigned from her position over the dispute.