Liberty County has joined a growing list of East Texas counties and entities to formally pledge support for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas’ efforts to keep open its Naskila gaming center on reservation land east of Livingston, Texas.
On Tuesday, April 9, Liberty County commissioners approved signing a resolution in support of H.R. 759, a piece of legislation being pushed by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin of the 36th Congressional District in Texas.
The resolution is an attempt to clarify conflicting federal statutes regarding the Tribe’s right to offer Class II electronic bingo, rights that are enjoyed by the Kickapoo Tribe of Texas.
Since it was opened in May 2016, Nasila Gaming has grown to be the third-largest employer in the Deep East Texas region, creating 560 jobs. Additionally, the gaming center is responsible for injecting nearly $140 million annually of revenue to the region.
The next step for the House resolution is to gain House approval, then Senate approval. If it makes it past both houses of Congress, it will be forwarded to the President for approval. Once approved by the President, it will become law.
H.R. Resolution 579 has 24 co-sponsors, including 11 members of the Texas delegation.