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2017: State and Federal

AB 1361: Eduardo Garcia. Municipal water districts: water service: Indian tribes.
This bill would additionally authorize a district to apply to the applicable local agency formation commission to provide this service of water to Indian lands, as defined, that are not within the district. The bill would require the local agency formation commission to approve the application and authorize the commission to impose conditions on the district with regard to the extension of service.
Sept. 18, 2017: H.R. 215 “American Indian Empowerment Act of 2017”
To empower federally recognized Indian tribes to accept restricted fee tribal lands, and for other purposes.
Sept. 13, 2017 H.R. 1274 "State, Tribal and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act
H.R. 1274 (Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-WA), the “State, Tribal and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act,” fosters greater cooperation between the federal government and states by ensuring state, local and tribal scientific data is factored into ESA species listing decisions. The bill passed by a vote of 22-14.
August 14, 2017, H.R. 3744  Federal Recognition Act of 2017
A bill to provide that an Indian group may receive Federal acknowledgment as an Indian tribe only by an Act of Congress; to the Committee on Natural Resources.
AB 1606: Author Cooper - Wilton Tribal State Compact Ratification
July 20, 2017
AB 1377: Authorization of Off Reservation Gaming
AB 1677: Authorization of Online Poker
SB 654: Local Moratorium: gambling tables
Author Senator Dodd
SB 666: Author Senator Vidak - Consultant Ban
AB 779 Author Assembly Member Burke
AB 653: Tribal Property Tax Exemption
Certain Conditions apply
July 25, 2017: H.R. 1491 - Santa Ynez Chumash - Reaffirm land into Trust
(Rep. Doug LaMalfa), To reaffirm the action of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians, and for other purposes. “Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2017” CAMP 4 - 1400 AC.
July 13, 2017: Oversight Hearing - Panel Evaluates Policy Options on Trust Land Acquisition Legal Uncertainty Continues Following 2009 Supreme Court Ruling
Here is a link to both the individual witness statements and an archived webcast:
May 24, 2017: Oversight Hearing Examining Impacts of Federal Natural Resources Laws Gone Astray
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations This oversight hearing will examine the federal government’s implementation of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA), the Wilderness Act of 1964, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), with a specific focus of instances where federal agencies’ application of these three federal laws has strayed beyond their original purposes and intent, as passed by Congress decades ago.  Certain actions taken by the federal government to implement these laws has resulted in burdensome regulations, costly litigation and other adverse consequences to American taxpayers.  In addition to identifying abuses resulting from these federal laws, the hearing will identify potential clarifications and reforms to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the acts.

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