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TBIPAC 2003 Legislation

Tunica Biloxi Issues of Importance during the 2003 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature

Following are the major issues of interest for the Tunica Biloxi Tribe during the session:

•  House Bill 5 by Representative Dan Flavin (R), would have required a referendum election before any tribe could engage in gaming in a parish in Louisiana . Rep. Flavin pulled the bill and did not pursue its passage. ....more

• House Bill 7 by Representative Dan Flavin (R), would have required a number of state legislative committees and the State Gaming Control Board to approve a state and tribal compact. Rep. Flavin pulled the bill and did not pursue its passage.

•  House Bill 8 by Representative Dan Flavin (R), would have required a referendum election to approve a state and tribal compact. Rep. Flavin pulled the bill and did not pursue its passage.

•  House Bill 201 by Representative Monica Walker (D), reorganized the Avoyelles Parish Economic Development District. Representative Walker included a Tunica Biloxi Tribal Council appointment to the District. The bill was passed and signed by the Governor.

•  House Bill 220 by Representative William Daniel (D) would have set up detailed requirements under state law for state recognition of Native American Tribes. Rep. Daniel did not pursue passage of the bill.

•  House Bill 1975 by Representative Dan Flavin, (R) would have required Indian Gaming Compacts to be approved by a number of legislative committees and the State Gaming Control Board before being signed by the Governor. This bill was defeated in the House Criminal Justice Committee.

•  Senate Bill 919 by Senator Max Malone, (R) would have required Indian Gaming Compacts to be approved by a number of legislative committees and the State Gaming Control Board before being signed by the Governor. This bill was defeated in the House Criminal Justice Committee.

•  Senate Concurrent Resolution 115 by Senator Hines and Representative Walker designating June 4 as Tunica Biloxi Day and honoring the Tunica Biloxi Tribe for its historical and economic contributions to the State of Louisiana. Was passed by the State Senate and State House.

•  House Concurrent Resolution 123 by Representative Walker, (D) would have given state recognition to the Avoyel-Tanesa Tribe. This resolution was defeated in the House Criminal Justice Committee.

•  House Concurrent Resolution 150 by Representative Guillory, (D) would have given state recognition to the Atakapas-Ishak Tribe. This resolution was defeated in the House Criminal Justice Committee.

•  Senate Concurrent Resolution 94 by Senator Ellington, (D) would have given state recognition to the Boeuf River Cherokees Tribe. This resolution died in the House.

•  Senate Concurrent Resolution 122 by Senator Mount, (D) would have given state recognition to the Choctaw Turtle Tribe. This resolution was defeated on the Senate floor.

There were also a number of other issues related to gaming and other areas that we were involved in on behalf of the Tunica Biloxi Tribe. In summary, the tribe had a very successful session in defeating a number of measures that would have been detrimental to the growth and development of the tribe's economic impact. It was also important to establish with many legislators the tribe's status as a sovereign nation and the significance of having our leaders be able to work directly with state leaders on important issues.

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