Barbour Plans to Block Casino - - Jackson, MS

Jackson County 10/26/07

Barbour Plans to Block Casino

Governor Haley Barbour says even if Jackson County residents say yes to a proposed Choctaw casino -- he'll use his power to block the project.

The November 6th ballots in Jackson County will ask whether the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians should be able to develop a 375 million dollar casino off Mississippi Highway 57 near Ocean Springs. But no matter what voters say, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Governor have the ultimate power to decide whether to approve the project.

This proposed casino would not be overseen by the Mississippi Gaming Commission, although casinos in Harrison County are regulated by the state.

Barbour says it's not fair to have a casino in Jackson County that doesn't operate under the same rules as Harrison County.

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