House Resolution 759, introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23), gained approved Wednesday night by the U.S. House. The bill, if approved by the U.S. Senate, will allow the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (Tiguas) and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas to legally operate Class II gaming.
The tribes have been legally challenging laws that allowed some Native American tribes in Texas to allow gaming while denying that same right to the Tiguas in El Paso and the Alabama-Coushatta tribe in Livingston.
“We have worked tirelessly for more than a year to pass H.R. 759 in the House of Representatives,” said Babin. “I’m proud to have sponsored this piece of legislation that will put to rest years of uncertainty and turmoil experienced by the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe of Texas.”
Babin added that this fight has always been an issue of fairness.
“The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta deserve to have the same opportunity to run a Class II gaming facility as the Kickapoo – who have had this right for decades. The Naskila Gaming facility provides hundreds of jobs and adds $140 million to the local economy each year,” Babin said. “I am proud of this accomplishment, and am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the U.S. Senate to get this bill signed into law.”
Babin’s bill received the backing and support from governmental entities and chambers of commerce throughout House District 36, which includes Liberty, Jasper, Tyler, Polk, Orange, Hardin and Chambers counties, and part of southeastern Harris County where the Johnson Space Center is located.