Attorney General Bill Schuette will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a lower court decision on a proposed Lansing casino until the nation's highest court rules on another case involving a Northern Michigan casino.
A spokesperson says Schuette plans to ask the Supreme Court to hold in abeyance the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on whether to put land in trust so the Sault Ste.
Marie Band of Chippewa Indians could construct a casino in Lansing later this spring. By the end of June, the Supreme Court is expected to have ruled on a case involving Bay Mills Indian Community and a casino the tribe ran on property it had purchased in Vanderbilt, but which had not been put in tribal trust by the federal government.
The AG's office says many of the issues raised in the Lansing casino case were similar to issues raised in the Bay Mills case. Schuette and Governor Rick Snyder have argued the proposed casino would violate federal law as well as state gaming compacts with both the Sault Tribe and other nearby tribes.
The state has until May 14 to file its requested petition with the Supreme Court. The proposed $245 million, 125,000-square-foot casino would be located in the downtown area, not quite a half-mile from the Capitol.
It would include up to 3,000 slot machines and 48 table games, and assorted bars and restaurants.