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Hayes opposing Catawbas’ lawsuit opposing gambling on York County reservation

The chairman of York County’s state legislative delegation says he is willing to do anything in his power to prevent the Catawba Indian Nation from building a massive gaming casino on its reservation here.

The Tribe filed suit this week, claiming that the Gambling Cruise Act that allows casino boat gambling off the coast of Charleston also allows the Catawbas to have a casino on its reservation.

However, State Senator Wes Hayes of Rock Hill, a long-time opponent of large-scale gambling in South Carolina, says he’s willing to appear in court to talk about the agreement the Tribe signed with the state and federal governments in 1993.

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The Catawbas operated a bingo hall in Rock Hill, but it eventually closed because of what the Tribe contended was competition from the South Carolina Education Lottery.  Hayes says South Carolina already has experience with large-scale gambling thanks to video poker.

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The Catawbas say a study conducted by a Columbia-based firm shows that a casino on the York County reservation would create nearly four-thousand permanent jobs and generate more than a half-billion dollars in economic impact.

Hayes says video poker created jobs and revenue, but people addicted to it lost homes, committed crimes and spent entire paychecks on gambling.

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