Today the California State Assembly voted unanimously to approve the Wilton Rancheria tribal gaming compact with the State of California. Previously the State Senate also unanimously approved the compact. The bill now moves to the desk of Governor Brown for final approval.
In July, Gov. Brown signed the tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and Wilton Rancheria. The agreement provides for strong regulatory oversight, labor, licensing, public health and safety, environmental
protection, and community investment provisions found within other recent compacts. Once the bill is signed by the Governor, the tribe will have state and federal approval for the casino.
From a press release issued by the Wilton Rancheria Tribe,
“We are extremely pleased and humbled by the strong support the Tribe has received from the
community, the Legislature and the Governor,” said Wilton Rancheria Chairman Raymond C.
Hitchcock. “It’s a very good day for the 750 members of Wilton Rancheria, the community of Elk
Grove and the greater Sacramento region. Now it’s time to get on with building this project,
which will create thousands of jobs and invest of hundreds of millions of dollars to improve city
and country services.”
Hitchcock added: “The vote represents a huge step forward in our long journey to have land, a
home and a place where we can pursue our economic development goals.”
“This is an important milestone for Wilton Rancheria, the people of Elk Grove and the
Sacramento Region,” said Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), who authored AB 1606.
“I was proud to author this legislation and I am proud of my colleagues in the Legislature for
giving it their overwhelming support.”
Wilton Rancheria’s tribal status was terminated in 1958, and the Tribe was finally restored,
without land, in 2009, after a long-fought campaign by tribal elders. On Feb.10, 2017, the U.S.
Department of the Interior placed 35.92 acres of land in Elk Grove into federal trust as restored
land for the Tribe.
Wilton Rancheria has agreed to invest $186 million in the first 20 years of the project with the
City of Elk Grove and Sacramento County to support police, schools, roads and other services. In
addition to a long-term investment in the community, the project will enable to Tribe to invest
in medical care, housing and educational opportunities for its members.