By Sebastian Oñate
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed legislation from state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to extend the gaming compacts of 29 California tribes, allowing the continued operation of casinos that support tribal development and provide jobs for thousands of workers statewide.
“I thank Gov. Newsom for signing this today,” Dodd said. “This extension allows tribes to continue along the path toward self-sufficiency and economic development. Also, it gives the state more time to negotiate long-term agreements that will benefit the state, employees and patrons.”
Many California tribes entered 20-year gaming compacts with the state that were briefly extended and set to expire on June 30. However, Sen. Dodd’s legislation, Senate Bill 898, grants an additional 18-month extension to 26 tribes and a one-year extension to three tribes.
The extension, which had overwhelming Senate and Assembly support, applies to the Alturas Indian Rancheria, Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians, Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria, Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California, Big Sandy Rancheria of Western Mono Indians of California, Bishop Paiute Tribe, Blue Lake Rancheria, Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community of the Colusa Rancheria, Cahto Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria, Cahuilla Band of Indians, Campo Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Campo Indian Reservation, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of the Chemehuevi Reservation, Cher-ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk, Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria, Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Hopland Band of Pomo Indians, Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester Rancheria, Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California, Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pauma & Yuima Reservation, Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California, Pit River Tribe, Redding Rancheria, Resighini Rancheria, Robinson Rancheria, Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, and Table Mountain Rancheria
Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties. Learn more at www.sen.ca.gov/dodd.