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Senate hearing on Class III draft discussion bill


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The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is held a hearing today on discussion draft legislation regarding the regulation of Class III gaming.

The bill [PDF] seeks to affirm the National Indian Gaming Commission's authority over Class III gaming. A court case said that role was left to tribes and states through the compacting process.

The hearing started at 9:30am and lasted about 90 minutes. Tracy Burris of the Chickasaw Nation was unable to attend due to air travel problems.

Due to a vote on the Senate floor, the committee first took testimony from the two panels then brought them together for one round of questions. You can download MP3 clips below.

Full Webcast

Opening Statements

Panel 1 - Testimony
MR. PHILIP HOGEN
Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission

MR. DEAN SHELTON
Chairman, California Gambling Control Commission

Panel 2 - Testimony
THE HONORABLE MYRA PEARSON
Chairman, Great Plains Indian Gaming Association, Chairman, Spirit Lake Tribe
Accompanied by: KURT LUGER, Executive Director, Great Plains Indian Gaming Association, Bismarck, ND

THE HONORABLE W. RON ALLEN
Chairman, Washington Indian Gaming Association, Chairman, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

THE HONORABLE VALERIE WELSH-TAHBO
Councilmember, Colorado River Indian Tribes Tribal Council

MR. TRACY BURRIS
Commissioner, Chickasaw Nation Gaming Commission

Q&A

Committee Notice:
HEARING on discussion draft legislation regarding the regulation of class III gaming (June 28, 2007)