Lawmaker cancels Vegas fundraiser after report

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Updated: 5/21/2013 6:18 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state senator has cancelled a Las Vegas fundraiser after a newspaper reported that the host of the party could benefit from pending legislation.

The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday that Saturday's scheduled $3,000-per-person event for Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens was to be hosted by Station Casinos.

The Las-Vegas-based gambling company could earn millions of dollars if the Legislature and governor approve a casino agreement with a Fresno-area Indian tribe. The company would operate the casino for seven years.

A bill authorizing the casino passed the Assembly and awaits a vote in the Senate.

Lara's staff issued a statement to the Bee after its initial article, saying the fundraiser was cancelled. The statement said the event was called off "to ensure there's no perception of any conflict."


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