AZ: Judge rules against tribe, allowing sports betting to start this week

Source: Arizona Republic

“A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Monday ruled against an Arizona tribe that sued in hopes of stopping sportsbooks in Arizona from taking bets on Thursday as planned. The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe …. which is likely to appeal the decision, contends that the sports-betting law violates Arizona’s Voter Protection Act, which prevents the Arizona Legislature from amending a voter initiative unless it furthers the purpose of that initiative. The tribe’s argument is that voters in 2002 approved a ballot measure that set out the types of gambling allowed in Arizona and therefore only voters can decide whether to expand the types of gambling offered in the state.” (09/06/21)