Thursday, April 18, 2013

House Expected To Re-Pass Bill Giving Pascua Yaqui Tribe Golf Course Land; Entire Arizona Delegation Co-Sponsors

(Update, 12:45pm, AZ Time: The House adjourned for the day, but the bill is still slated for "this week", and the House will be in session on Friday.)

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to (this week) pass a bill giving the Pascua Yaqui Tribe 20 acres of land to help complete the golf course adjacent to the Casino del Sol.  The bill is led by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-CD3) and is co-sponsored by all nine Arizona Representatives.

A largely-similar bill passed in the House last June, but died in the Senate.  The golf course had been scheduled to open on 12/12/12.  H.R. 507 will grant two 10-acre parcels to the Tribe, to be incorporated into the overall layout.  A later part of the deal will be that the Tribe will give some land back to the Tucson Unified School District to be used for a transit center.

The golf course has been designed by well-known golfers Jack Nicklaus and Notah Begay III, and will be managed by Troon.

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