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Land-into-trust bill in California due for consideration next week

The California Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization will hold a hearing next week on a bill that bars state agencies from opposing certain land-into-trust applications.

Senate Bill 162 encourages state agencies to consult with tribes on economic development issues. As part of that goal, it bars opposition to land-into-trust applications for "housing, environmental protection, or cultural preservation" purposes.

The bill has drawn complaints from an anti-Indian critic, who says it undermines the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, which restricts the land-into-trust process to tribes that were "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934. The critic says state agencies won't be allowed to question whether certain tribes can acquire land in trust.

The hearing takes place at 1:30pm on Wednesday, June 20.

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