Measure to stop West Valley casino faces new House vote — Daily News-Sun

WASHINGTON – A resolution that seeks to prevent the Tohono O’odham Nation from opening a casino on tribal land near Glendale is listed for consideration Monday by the House of Representatives on what amounts to the chamber’s consent list, essentially meaning it would be approved on a voice vote without debate along with other measures on the list.

The office of Rep. Trent Franks, R-8th Dist., the sponsor of HR 308, the “Keep the Promise Act,” confirmed Thursday that it has requested the measure be included on the House’s suspension calendar. A regular weekly practice, the calendar routinely puts rules on hold that otherwise might prevent a bill from coming up. It’s usually reserved for noncontroversial items, for example a post office naming. A motion to suspend the House rules requires a vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting, according to a list of House procedures.

Inclusion of HR 308 on the list drew criticism from both federal and local officials.

“This precedent-setting legislation has no business on the suspension calendar,” wrote Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-3rd Dist., of Arizona and the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee. The panel earlier this year approved HR 308, with Grijalva voting no, sending the measure to the full House.

A companion measure, S 152, sponsored by Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both R-Ariz., is pending in the Senate. The upper house would have to approve one of the measures and the two be merged before going to President Barack Obama’s desk.

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