What was a quiet attempt to change state law on gambling at Harrah's Cherokee Casino has come out in the open.
Changing the gambling agreement between the Cherokee and the governor is on the list of 11 issues the legislature can take up during its session that begins Sept. 12.
The Cherokee have wanted for years to offer games with live dealers. The latest effort triggered an all-out scramble in the last days of the regular session in June as proponents looked to get a law allowing the expansion.
Chris Mackey, spokeswoman for Gov. Bev Perdue, said the Cherokee approached Perdue about allowing table games. Perdue is interested in the job growth and economic benefits to western North Carolina. Mackey said.
Social conservatives are on alert, prepared to fight a bill that could expand gambling.