IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 13, 2015
Mr. McCain (for himself and Mr. Flake) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs
To prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian land in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts.
This Act may be cited as the
Keep the Promise Act of 2015.
Congress finds that—
in 2002, the voters in the State of Arizona approved Proposition 202, the Indian Gaming Preservation and Self-Reliance Act;
to obtain the support of Arizona voters to approve Proposition 202, the Indian tribes within Arizona agreed to limit the number of casinos within the State and in particular within the Phoenix metropolitan area; and
this Act preserves the agreement made between the Indian tribes and the Arizona voters until the expiration of the gaming compacts authorized by Proposition 202.
In this Act:
Indian tribe; class II gaming; class III gaming
The terms Indian tribe, class II gaming, and class III gaming have the meanings given those terms in section 4 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2703).
Phoenix metropolitan area
The term Phoenix metropolitan area means land within Maricopa County and Pinal County, Arizona, that is north of latitude 33 degrees, 5 minutes, 13 seconds north, east of longitude 113 degrees, 20 minutes, 0 seconds west, and west of longitude 110 degrees, 50 minutes, 45 seconds west, using the NED 1983 State Plane Arizona FOPS 0202 coordinate system.
Class II gaming and class III gaming are prohibited on land within the Phoenix metropolitan area acquired by the Secretary of the Interior in trust for the benefit of an Indian tribe after April 9, 2013.
The prohibition in subsection (a) shall expire on January 1, 2027.