The latest lawsuit regarding a Madera County American Indian casino took its first steps inside Madera Superior Court Tuesday morning, with attorneys on both side recognizing its potential to set a precedent for off-reservation gaming.
The self-described gambling watchdog group Stand Up for California and Madera County resident Barbara Leach are plaintiffs in the suit, which alleges Gov. Jerry Brown exceeded his authority in last year’s approval of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians’ casino near State Route 99 and Avenue 17.
“The goal is to prevent the establishment of a casino on Highway 99,” said Cheryl Schmit, director of Stand Up for California.
Assembly Bill 277, the gaming compact between Brown and the tribe—which is not named in the suit — was ratified by the state Senate last month on a narrow margin of 22-11...