By: Chavez H.B. No. 2797
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to the authority of federally recognized Indian tribes
along the Texas-Mexico border to engage in bingo.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 2001.002, Occupations Code is amended by
amending Subdivision (11) to read as follows:
(11) "Fraternal organization" means:
(A) a nonprofit organization organized to
perform and engaged primarily in performing charitable,
benevolent, patriotic, employment-related, or educational
functions that meet other requirements of this chapter; or
(B) a nonprofit National Historical District
Association representing the owners and lessees of a majority of
the real property located in a National Historical District
designated for not less than five years by the National Register of
Historic Places, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service of
the United States Department of the Interior, if the association's
net proceeds are used for restoration, construction, maintenance,
and security in the district. The term "fraternal organization"
does not include an organization whose members are predominantly
veterans or dependents of veterans of the armed services of the
(C) a federally recognized Indian tribe whose
reservation is located within the boundaries of the State of Texas.
SECTION 2. Subchapter C, Chapter 2001, Occupations Code, is
amended by adding Section 2001.1015 to read as follows:
An Indian tribe which meets the definition of fraternal
organization under Section 2001.102(11) is authorized to conduct on
its reservation bingo activities upon the adoption by the tribe of
rules and regulations in conformance with the substantive
provisions of the Bingo Enabling Act and in accord with Section
47(b), (c), Article III, Texas Constitution. In compliance with
Sections 107(b) and 207(b) of Public Law No. 100-89, an Indian tribe
conducting bingo activities shall do so without submitting to the
regulatory jurisdiction of the State of Texas including licensing.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2005.