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H.R. 4033 (112th): Giving Local Communities a Voice in Tribal Gaming Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 15, 2012 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 4033


February 15, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


To amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to provide for community approval before Indian class III gaming operations may take effect.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Giving Local Communities a Voice in Tribal Gaming Act.


Community approval of tribal-state compacts

Section 11(d) of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2710(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


No Class III gaming activities may commence, irrespective of an approved Tribal-State Compact, unless the elected governing body and elected executive officials of each county, city, or other general purpose political subdivision in which a class III gaming activity under the Tribal-State Compact is to occur have approved the Class III gaming facility.


The manner in which a Class III gaming facility is approved under subparagraph (A) shall be determined by each political subdivision.


Each political subdivision shall have 120 days after the date that a Tribal-State Compact is approved by the Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs and National Indian Gaming Commission or the site of a class III gaming facility is identified, whichever comes later, to raise objection.


For the purposes of subparagraph (A), a Tribal-State Compact includes a compact approved under paragraph (8) or consented to under paragraph (7)(B)(vi), and the procedures for a class III gaming activity prescribed under paragraph (7)(B)(vii).



Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall apply to any Tribal-State compact that has not been entered into under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act before January 1, 2011.