Ratification of the new casino compact between the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and Gov. Bev Perdue likely won’t occur during this week’s mini-session of the General Assembly.
Staff members for the GOP leadership of both the House and Senate have told me that lawmakers feel like they need more time to study the compact, which was signed Monday morning by Perdue and Cherokee Principal Chief Michael Hicks.
The likely result would be another special session called by Perdue to consider the compact.
The 28-page compact would allow the Cherokee to expand their casino to include live games, rather than just machine games. The Cherokee would also have exclusive gaming rights west of Interstate 26 in North Carolina.
The Cherokee would initially pay the state 4 percent of all gross receipts from live table games. That amount would gradually increase to 8 percent during the last 10 years of the 30-year compact.