TRIBES REJECT OK GOV’S CALL FOR NEW GAMING DEALS

Questioning “his sincerity to work with us in a cooperative manner,” the leaders of five major OKLAHOMA-based tribes rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt’s (R) call to renegotiate their gaming compacts. In a letter to Stitt, the heads of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole and Chickasaw nations, acting as the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, said it is their position that the compacts will automatically roll over on Jan 1, 2020, a contention Stitt does not agree with. (TULSA WORLD)

CUOMO EXTENDS NY INCLUSION PACT

Calling diversity the Empire State’s “greatest asset,” NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation that reauthorizes for five more years the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) program, which seeks to ensure those companies have greater access to state contracts. The law makes several changes designed to make businesses more eligible to participate in the program. (NEW YORK GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

BAKER VOWS ACTION ON MA ELEVATOR INSPECTION BACKLOG

Responding to a media report that more than 4,500 of the Bay State’s approximately 42,000 elevators did not comply with annual inspection requirements, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said his inspectors are working to get through the backlog as fast as they can. Baker noted the state’s building boom is complicating the issue, but also said, “That’s not an excuse. We need to get it done.” (MASSLIVE, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE [BOSTON])

BEVIN INTROS KY SANCTUARY CITY BAN

KENTUCKY Gov. Matt Bevin joined two fellow Republican lawmakers to propose legislation that would bar Bluegrass State cities and towns from becoming so-called “sanctuary cities,” municipalities that limit or ban police cooperation with federal immigration authorities. (COURIER-JOOURNAL [LOUISVILLE])

 

-- Compiled by RICH EHISEN