- EnactedSeptember 26th, 2014The President signed this bill into law
- The house Passed September 16th, 2014Roll Call Vote 359 Yea / 64 Nay
Committee on Natural Resources
- house Committees
- The senate Passed June 19th, 2014Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Indian AffairsIntroducedOctober 29th, 2013
- senate Committees
What is Senate Bill S. 1603?
Essentially, S. 1603 would prohibit any lawsuits related to the trust on the land and any legal challenges to the tribe's land-into-trust applications. The most contentious element of this bill that critics disagree with is that the land has been take into federal trust for the Gun Lake Casino — an institution that has been operating and contributing to the local economy for over four years.
Cost of Senate Bill S. 1603
In Depth:The Senate passed S.1603 with unanimous consent earlier this summer. The Obama administration has also expressed support for the measure. Motivation for introducing the bill came from a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Salazar v. Patchak case. From the SCOTUS blog:
"The case presents the question whether a landowner affected by the building of an Indian casino in his community can sue the federal government under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), seeking a declaration that the government unlawfully took the land into trust for the Tribe – a move that facilitated the building of the casino."An 8-1 vote determined that the tribe's land-into-trust application could be challenged, even though it was finalized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Media:SCOTUS Case Summary
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