Oklahoma AG says gambling revenue can’t be diverted

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s attorney general says in a legal opinion that Gov. Kevin Stitt’s administration cannot divert gambling revenue from tribal casinos into a trust while a dispute with the tribes is pending.

Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the opinion on Monday in response to a state lawmaker’s inquiry.

Hunter says gambling revenue received by the state must be allocated under the provisions of state law.

Under the law, 12% of the revenue goes to the state’s general fund, while the rest is deposited into a fund for public education.

Stitt had proposed putting the money in trust.

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