/ Modified oct 26, 2015 7:06 a.m.

Bill to Stop Tohono O'odham's Glendale Casino Delayed

Attempted quick vote to keep tribe from opening facility is put off.

Proposed Tohono O'odham casino in Glendale Proposed Tohono O'odham casino in Glendale.



Phoenix-area Republican Rep. Trent Franks tried to use a procedural move to advance a bill stopping the Tohono O’Odham casino in Glendale from opening.

The move would have pulled the bill out of committee without a hearing and sent the proposal to the floor for a final voice vote.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., sent a letter to House leaders objecting to the move. He said the procedure was traditionally reserved for non-controversial bills.

The bill was pulled from consideration for at least the first part of the week.

The tribe has fought for years to open the casino. A federal judge ruled they can open the facility over the objection of state and federal elected officials.

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