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Lawmakers accepted tickets from casino owner

Posted: 2:47 PM, Jul 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-09 20:47:00Z

Lawmakers in Glendale, a city just northwest of Phoenix, say they accepted game tickets from a casino owner and pricey gifts from others.

The Arizona Republic reports Glendale councilmembers Jamie Aldama and Ian Hugh say they received tickets from the Tohono O'odham Nation to attend major league sporting events with tribal members.
That as the Glendale City Council last month gave the Tohono O'odham Nation the final approval the tribe needed to see through its development vision that includes a resort near Desert Diamond Casino.
The Republic says the acceptance of the tickets, which the newspaper obtained under the Arizona Public Records Law, speaks to a longstanding belief among many public officials in Glendale and across the state that accepting lavish gifts from those who they do business with is part of the job.