Opinion: Bill silences California for land-into-trust applications

"Legislation silencing the lawmakers on decisions ruinous to California?

That is exactly what Senators Anderson and Wyland and Assemblymember Garrick will accomplish if SB 162 passes.

They will also silence the governor, the Department of Justice, the attorney general and law enforcement, to name a few of California's agencies, from opposing fee-to-trust.

For those of you who are not well versed in federal Indian policy, fee-to-trust is a process whereas a tribal government can purchase land (fee) and request the land be given to the federal government to be held in trust for them."

Get the Story:
Kathy Cleary: Fee-to-trust legislation would muzzle lawmakers (Capitol Weekly 6/8)

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Bill would prohibit state from opposing Indian land transfers (The North County Times 6/10)

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