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Lawmakers approve bill to let Glendale steal Tohono O'odham land

• Capitol Media Services

With only one Republican opposed, the state House voted Tuesday to let Glendale annex land now owned by the Tohono O'odham Nation in a last-ditch bid to prevent the tribe from building a casino there.

The 39-21 vote came over the objections of Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, who said the measure unfairly - and he believes illegally - tramples the rights of the tribe to decide how best to use its private property. He predicted the measure is headed to court if it gets Senate approval and the anticipated signature of Gov. Jan Brewer.

But Rep. Jerry Weiers, R-Glendale, said the extraordinary law is needed to protect the property rights of other Glendale residents who never anticipated that a casino could be built on the city's edge.

As crafted, HB 2534 would allow the Glendale City Council to immediately annex the property, with or without the consent of the tribe.


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Comment by Brock
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"We cannot punish somebody when they have followed the law," he said. "That's called tyranny."


Ahahahaha!  Stop it, you're killing me!

Heh heh heh.

Whew.  My cheeks hurt!

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Imagine the nerve of these savages thinking they can build whatever they want on their own property! They failed to seek the permission of the City of Glendale and pay the requisite bribes.  Thy should be ashamed of themselves---that is not how things are done in Amerika just because your land isn't even incorporated within Glendale's city limits.  Why you would be taking important revenue from Glendale's taxpayer funded sports stadiums!  Go back to your own country.  In Amerika right is might.

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