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« Reply #600 on: Today at 12:11:33 pm »


Here are a couple of easy to find comments I ran across - guess we will see what a Federal court has to say.  Maybe they can arbitrate a negotiation, too. That's probably where it should be anyway.

Under the gaming compact, the records show “the compact will expire January 1, 2020, but will automatically renew for 15 years.”

The senate summary from the same year reads, Senate Bill 1252: “provides that the compact shall expire January 1, 2020 but will be automatically renewed for fifteen years.”

“If it wasn’t intended to renew there wouldn’t be a clause that specifically says ‘shall automatically renew’”, Atty Stephen Greetham comment.

Text of enrolled Senate Bill 1252 here, part way down the page;  
https://www.news9.com/story/41570013/house-senate-records-show-gaming-compacts-automatically-renew

Near the end of Section 22.



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Bottom line; this is Stitt grandstanding, of course, since that is all he's got.  Well, in addition to his business "prowess" that got his company banned for life doing business in Georgia.  We do love our "bad boys of business" in this country.  Lies, deception, thievery, graft, corruption...it's what we celebrate and elevate from our sleepy little 'backwater' here all the way to the top reaches of the Federal government.

And trying to divert attention from the FACT that his record on education is just as bad as the previous regime.   Leaving our kids twisting in the breeze.  Again.   And we wonder why population growth is relatively stagnant.  And 'big companies' with high paying jobs don't come swarming in?  

Not even touching on infrastructure.







Did you overlook the part that allows either party to initiate the renegotiation of certain terms?
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« Reply #601 on: Today at 12:47:34 pm »

What does this have to do with IKEA???
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« Reply #602 on: Today at 01:14:07 pm »


Work continues on the interior as well as the exterior of the Oklahoma State Capitol building. 
Pic via Oklahoman, January 28, 2020
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« Reply #603 on: Today at 02:27:29 pm »

A Pedestrian way is proposed for the new Oklahoma City convention center.

The Oklahoma City MAPS 3 Citizen Advisory Board voted to move forward with preliminary plans for a $4 million pedestrian walkway to be constructed between the new convention center, the Omni Hotel and parking garage.

Here are some pics via OKCTalk.com:




The parking garage is under construction; 1,100 spaces will be available on 6 levels (includes basement) to give priority parking to the convention center, Omni Hotel, Fairfield & Boulevard Place.  The garage is expected to be completed by June 2020.


Canopies align the 4th Street experience of the Pedestrian Walkway.



The canopies will align the convention center side as well as the Omni Hotel side.

Omni has an option clause giving them 1st rights development of the Cox Convention Center (Old Myriad site) if a hotel is part of development once the 4-square block site is cleared. The City & Omni has plans to use it as a backup in case the convention center complex (Omni Hotel, OKC CC) needs more space.

The new convention center & garage both can be expanded; it will create a demand for alternative hotel space for the nearby Sheraton (395 rooms), Renaissance (311 rooms), Hilton-Skirvin (225), Courtyard by Marriott (225), Fairfield (133 rooms)  and the 150 room 5 star First National Center to be used in conjunction with a large convention core.  Those hotels currently have a 68% occupancy rate; the new convention center will elevate OKC to a higher tier to compete for more conventions among area competitive cities like Fort Worth, Memphis, Little Rock, Tulsa, Wichita & Amarillo.

Oklahoma City have already signed contract into 2024 for 8 conventions with a potential $20 million economic impact on the local industry.  Oklahoma City Omni will be tagged as the City's convention center hotel.

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The new crown on BancFirst Tower will add more height to the city's second tallest structure.  Anticipate the new LED crown lighting for the tower which will illuminate the Oklahoma City Skyline--a real skyline game-changer.

BancFirst Tower reskin, construction & restoration update--all pics via OKCTalk.com.


Several columns are removed; apparently these columns are more decorative than support, they do provide some support to some areas, just not the bulk support of the structure.





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« Reply #605 on: Today at 03:50:22 pm »


Here are a couple of easy to find comments I ran across - guess we will see what a Federal court has to say.  Maybe they can arbitrate a negotiation, too. That's probably where it should be anyway.

Under the gaming compact, the records show “the compact will expire January 1, 2020, but will automatically renew for 15 years.

The senate summary from the same year reads, Senate Bill 1252: “provides that the compact shall expire January 1, 2020 but will be automatically renewed for fifteen years.”

“If it wasn’t intended to renew there wouldn’t be a clause that specifically says ‘shall automatically renew’”, Atty Stephen Greetham comment.

Text of enrolled Senate Bill 1252 here, part way down the page;  
https://www.news9.com/story/41570013/house-senate-records-show-gaming-compacts-automatically-renew

Near the end of Section 22.



The article conveniently leaves out the sentence directly after that one:
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Provides that the compact shall expire January 1, 2020, but will be
automatically renewed for fifteen years. Allows the fees and penalties to be
renegotiated at that time.

The tribes are providing a poor argument. Using the same logic, why would it "expire" if it were to continue as-is? Why wouldn't they write it as indefinite or as a 30 year pact if that were the intent?

The double-think here is concerning. It seems many uninformed people are against Stitt in this, but renegotiation by 01/01/2020 were the original intent of the bill. If you have issue with that, than take it up with the originators of the bill and the tribes for not following the spirit and the letter of the pact. Sure it is poorly worded, but you don't have to be a genius or lawyer to understand that.

This is a case where Governor Stitt is correct and they should renegotiate. If the tribes want to keep their state-mandated monopoly on gaming in the state, they need to be willing to at least negotiate. Otherwise, it is time to open up the rest of the state to free market gaming. The win-win is when the tribes accept slightly higher fees in exchange for a slew of new gaming options. That could drastically increase the revenue for both parties.
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