Urgent Action Needed - Hearing June 20 – Senators Joel Anderson and Mark Wyland are amending SB 162 to read “A state agency shall not oppose a fee-to-trust land acquisition application” when the stated purpose is for “housing, environment protection or cultural preservation.”

posted Jun 15, 2012, 6:24 PM by JTCA Contact

This means if the 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians say their proposed trust transfer is for the purpose of “housing, environmental protection or cultural preservation” the State agencies would then not be able to oppose the transfer. But once it is sovereign land, the tribe could then change their mind and build a casino at any time.

State agencies work together for the purpose of protecting the resources of the state. This bill means agencies such as Cal Trans or State Highway Patrol could not say that a big development would impact our highway.

We need to make phone calls, send letters, and write emails opposing SB 162. Better yet go to Sacramento on June 20th to testify.

Your letter can be as simple as:

Please list Your Organization/our your name in opposition to SB 162. SB 162 Proposes to abdicated California’s responsibilities to all California citizens to benefit tribal entities. The bill would prohibit a state agency from opposing specified fee-to-trust land acquisition applications. (c) A state agency shall not oppose a fee-to-trust land acquisition application that is for the purpose of housing, environmental protection, or cultural preservation. A fee-to-trust land acquisitions can greatly impact local communities and we should NOT be giving up any of the already meager oversight that the State of California currently maintains.

Thank you,

To have your letter included in the Bill’s analysis fax your letter to:

Assembly Member Isadore Hall III, Chair of the Governmental Organization Committee

916.319.3979 fax

The bill analysis will then list your group in opposition.

Here is listed all of the members of the Government Organizations Committee. An email or phone call to all of them will make a difference. Our representative Paul Cook is on the committee.

Assembly Member Paul Cook (Dist. 65)
(He sits on the Governmental Organizations Committee and will be voting on this bill)

Room 5164
Sacramento, CA 94249-0065
(916) 319-2065

Or
34932 Yucaipa Boulevard
Yucaipa, CA 92399
(909) 790-4196

Committee on Governmental Organization

Committee Jurisdiction: Primary jurisdictions include alcohol, Indian gaming, horseracing, gambling, tobacco, public records, open meetings laws, state holidays, outdoor advertising and emergency services/natural disasters (this can be shared with the Housing and Community Development Committee and Local Government Committee)

Committee Members

District

Office & Contact Information

 Isadore Hall III - Chair

 Dem - 52

Contact Assembly Member Isadore Hall III

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 3123, Sacramento, CA 94249-0052; (916) 319-2052

 Brian Nestande - Vice Chair

 Rep - 64

Contact Assembly Member Brian Nestande

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4139, Sacramento, CA 94249-0064; (916) 319-2064

 Toni Atkins

 Dem - 76

Contact Assembly Member Toni Atkins

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4146, Sacramento, CA 94249-0076; (916) 319-2077

  Marty Block

 Dem - 78

Contact Assembly Member

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 3091, Sacramento, CA 94249-0078; (916) 319-2078

 Bob Blumenfield

 Dem - 40

Contact Assembly Member Bob Blumenfield

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 6026, Sacramento, CA 94249-0040; (916) 319-2040

 Wesley Chesbro

 Dem - 1

Contact Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 2141, Sacramento, CA 94249-0001; (916) 319-2001

 Paul Cook

 Rep - 65

Contact Assemblyman Paul Cook

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 5164, Sacramento, CA 94249-0065; (916) 319-2065

Cathleen Galgiani

Dem - 17

Contact Assembly Member Cathleen Galgiani

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 5155, Sacramento, CA 94249-0017; (916) 319-2017

  Martin Garrick

 Rep - 74

Contact Assemblyman Martin Garrick

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-0074; (916) 319-2074

 Mike Gatto

 Dem - 43

Contact Assembly Member Mike Gatto

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4140, Sacramento, CA 94249-0043; (916) 319-2043

 Jerry Hill

 Dem - 19

Contact Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Jerry Hill

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 3160, Sacramento, CA 94249-0019; (916) 319-2019

 Kevin Jeffries

 Rep - 66

Contact Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 5128, Sacramento, CA 94249-0066; (916) 319-2066

 Fiona Ma

 Dem - 12

Contact Assemblywoman Fiona Ma

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 3173, Sacramento, CA 94249-0012; (916) 319-2012

 Henry T. Perea

 Dem - 31

Contact Assembly Member Henry T. Perea

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 4112, Sacramento, CA 94248-0001; (916) 319-2031

 V. Manuel Peréz

 Dem - 80

Contact Assembly Member V. Manuel Peréz

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 4117, Sacramento, CA 94248-0001; (916) 319-2080

 Jim Silva

 Rep - 67

Contact Assembly Member Jim Silva

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 2170, Sacramento, CA 94249-0067; (916) 319-2067

 Norma J. Torres

 Dem - 61

Contact Assembly Norma Torres

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 4161, Sacramento, CA 94249-0061; (916) 319-2061

 

 

      Ill-considered language is highlighted below.

 

 

BILL NUMBER: SB 162    AMENDED

        BILL TEXT

 

        AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 21, 2012

        AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 30, 2012

        AMENDED IN SENATE  MAY 16, 2011

        AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 25, 2011

        AMENDED IN SENATE  MARCH 29, 2011

 

INTRODUCED BY    Senator   Anderson

 Senators   Joel Anderson   and Mark Wyland

 

    (   Coauthor:   Assembly Member  

Garrick   )

 

                       

   An act to amend Section 11019.8 of the Government Code, relating

to economic development.

 

 

        LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

 

 

   SB 162, as amended, Anderson. Economic  Development

 development  : federally recognized Indian

tribes.

   Existing law encourages and authorizes all state agencies to

cooperate with federally recognized California Indian tribes on

matters of economic development and improvement for the Indian

tribes. Existing law provides that cooperation by state agencies with

federally recognized California Indian tribes on those matters may

include certain activities, including, among others, providing

information on programs to assist Indian tribes.

   Existing federal law requires the Secretary of the Interior to

publish a list of all federally recognized Indian tribes in the

federal register.

   This bill would add to the nonexclusive list of topics that state

agencies may cooperate with federally recognized Indian tribes

by  consulting  on a government-to-government basis, in a

respectful and meaningful manner,  with respect to  the

transfer of fee land into federal trust status. This   a

fee-to-trust land acquisition application, as specified  .

The bill would prohibit a state agency from opposing specified

fee-to-trust land acquisition applications.   The  bill

would define a federally recognized Indian tribe as a tribe

appearing on the list published by the Secretary of the Interior.

   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.

State-mandated local program: no.

 

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

 

  SECTION 1.  Section 11019.8 of the Government Code is amended to

read:

   11019.8.  (a) All state agencies, as defined in Section 11000, are

encouraged and authorized to cooperate with federally recognized

California Indian tribes on matters of economic development and

improvement for the Indian tribes.

   (b) Cooperation by state agencies with federally recognized

California Indian tribes may include, but need not be limited to, all

of the following:

   (1) Providing information on programs available to assist Indian

tribes.

   (2) Providing technical assistance on the preparation of grants

and applications for public and private funds, and conducting

meetings and workshops.

   (3) Any other steps that may reasonably be expected to assist

Indian tribes to become economically self-sufficient.

   (4) Consulting  on a government-to-government basis, in a

respectful and meaningful manner,  with respect to  the

transfer of fee land into federal trust status, particular when the

acquisition is  a fee-to-trust land acquisition

application that is  for the purpose of housing, environmental

protection, or cultural preservation.

   (c) A state agency shall not oppose a fee-to-trust land

acquisition application that is for the purpose of housing,

environmental protection, or cultural preservation.  

   (c)

    (d)  Cooperation by state agencies on economic

development and improvement for federally recognized California

Indian tribes, as described in this section, shall not be construed

to include activities that promote gambling.

   (d)

    (e)  For purposes of this code, or any other California

law, "federally recognized tribe" means a tribe that appears on the

list of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services

from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, published pursuant

to Section 479a-1 of Title 25 of the United States Code.
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