Panzer v. Doyle

680 N.W.2d 666 (2004)

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Panzer v. Doyle

Wisconsin Supreme Court
680 N.W.2d 666 (2004)

Facts

A 1992 tribal-state compact permitted limited forms of class III games, including blackjack and slot machines, on tribal land in Wisconsin. In 1993, the Wisconsin constitution was amended to establish explicitly the state’s public policy against all forms of gambling by forbidding the legislature from permitting any form of gambling in the state. In 2003, Governor James Doyle (defendant) negotiated amendments to the compact that authorized the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe (tribe) to operate additional forms of class III games, including keno, roulette, craps, and poker—casino games that had never been allowed in the state. Members of the state legislature (plaintiffs) brought suit against the governor, seeking a declaration that he exceeded his authority in negotiating the 2003 compact amendments.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Prosser, J.)

Dissent (Abrahamson, C.J., Bradley, Crooks, J.J.)

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