House panel’s action prolongs fight against W.V casino — Sun City Daily News-Sun
WASHINGTON – A House panel has advanced legislation that could halt work on a new casino near the city, the West Valley’s first such project.
The Committee on Natural Resources Wednesday approved H.R. 308 by a voice vote, sending the measure to the full House. The resolution blocks the casino essentially by declaring it is a project in violation of a 2002 agreement between Arizona and its tribes on where Indian-operated casinos could be located.
The resolution is sponsored by Ariz. Rep. Trent Franks, R-8th Dist., and co-sponsored by fellow Ariz. Reps. Anne Kirkpatrick, D-2nd Dist., Paul Gosar, R-4th Dist., David Schweikert, R-6th Dist., and Matt Salmon, R-5th Dist.
The bill faces several more hurdles before reaching President Barack Obama’s desk, including action in the Senate, where an identical measure was introduced by Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both R-Ariz.
The casino, on Nation land off 95th and Northern avenues just outside Glendale, has been under construction since late last year. Tohono O’odham and local officials recently marked placement of the last piece of structural steel for the framework of the first building, which will house gaming, restaurant and bar activities while work continues on the major portion of the casino/resort.