ENGROSSED SENATE BILL 6004



State of Washington              52nd Legislature         1991 1st Special Session


By Senator Hayner.


Read first time June 25, 1991.Reviewing Indian gaming compacts.

     AN ACT Relating to compacts negotiated under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988; adding a new section to chapter 9.46 RCW; and declaring an emergency.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.      A new section is added to chapter 9.46 RCW to read as follows:

     (1) Upon request of an Indian tribe as defined in P.L. 100-497, the gambling commission shall designate a negotiating team to implement P.L. 100-497, Sec.11(d)(3)(A) by negotiating with the tribe for the purpose of entering into a tribal-state compact.  The commission shall be advised by the attorney general's office and shall consult with the governor, the state patrol, the lottery commission, the horse racing commission, and interested local governments during the course of negotiations.

     (2) The commission shall conduct at least one public hearing and provide an opportunity for public comment on any proposed compact.  Upon completion of the public hearing process and upon a majority vote of all of its members, the commission shall by single resolution either remand the proposal for further negotiations, or approve the proposal.  If approved, the commission shall immediately forward the compact to the chief clerk of the house of representatives and the secretary of the senate.  Within thirty days each house of the legislature shall vote by floor resolution, its approval or disapproval of the proposed compact and forward its recommendations to the governor.

     (3) In the event the legislature has not convened or is not expected to be convened in regular or special session during the thirty day review period the chief clerk and the secretary shall conduct the vote on the compact by written ballot of the members of their respective houses under such procedures as may be ordered by the committee on rules of their houses.  The vote shall be transmitted to the members of the legislature and shall be a public record and shall be entered upon the journal of the houses at the convening of the next legislative session.

     (4) Within thirty days of receipt of the floor resolutions from the house and the senate, the governor shall either approve or reject the compact.  If rejected it shall be remanded to the gambling commission for further negotiation.  Any subsequent proposed compact shall be presented to the legislature pursuant to the procedures contained in this section.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.      This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately.