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    Re: SB1978 as amended - dies - unofficial transcript

    notes from Senate State & Local Government Committee mtg today.

    SB1978: sponsor: Senator Mike Faulk (R-Kingsport) (one&only speaker on the bill)

    SB 1978 would set procedure for state to recognize indian tribes
    attempt to
    1. establish uniform criteria
    2. set forth procedure by Secy of State's office

    recall that :
    state Commission of Indian Affairs is in wind-down
    expected to no longer exist after June 30
    promulgated rules that become effective May 17 [Rule 0785-1]
    Commission is charged w/implementing rule between May 17 and June 30th. after June 30th there's no procedure in place.

    SB1978 as amended last week puts us in a posture to move forward after June 30th
    I have checked the smoke signals on this bill and visited with committee members individually.
    I don't believe there are enough affirmative votes at this time to pass the bill
    would caution committee members:
    if commission sunsets & doesn't act on pending applications,
    legislature will be besieged for requests for establishment of procedure and recreation of that commission

    ask that SB1978 be put into General Subcommittee at this time.

    General Sub [done]

    Date: April 7, 2010
    Time Stamp: 02:46:00


    Chairman: " .... brought the whole bus, right"

    Sen Faulk: "Yes Sir."

    Chairman: "Senator Faulk, you're recognized."

    Senator Faulk: "Thank you. Senate Bill 1978, Members, is a Bill that would set forth a procedure for the state of TN to recognize, uh, indian tribes, bands, and other groups. It is an attempt to (1) establish crtieria that would be uniformly followed to establish recognition and (2) to set forth a procedure that would be followed by the Secretary of State's office to accomplish that goal.

    Committe members you may recall that the state Indian Affairs Commission is in wind down; is expected to no longer exist after June 30th. That commission promulgated rules and regulations to be followed by it for the purpose of recognizing of indian tribes. Those rules and regulations are set to become effective May 17th. So that commission would be charged with implementing those rules and regulations if, uh, any actions to be taken on pending applications between May 17th and June 30th.

    As of June 30th that commission goes away and there's no procedure in place. So Senate Bill 1978 as amended last week, uh, puts us in a posture of being able to move forward after June 30th. I have, uh, Mr Chairman (smacks lips), checked the smoke signals on this Bill and, uh, visited with members of the committee individually. Uh, I don't believe that there are enough affirmative votes at this time to pass the Bill, but I would caution the committee members that, uh, if the Indian Affairs Commission sunsets, and if they do not act on those applications that are currently pending, uh, we will certainly be besieged with requests for establishment of a procedure or re-institution of that commission. So with that statement, uh, Mr Chairman, I would ask that we put Senate Bill 1978 into our General Subcommittee at this time."

    Chairman: "Request to sponsor General Sub. Um, Item 43, Senate Bill 3401 ...."

    time: 2:48:17

    2 minutes, 15-17 seconds total for SB1978

    Re: SB1978 as amended - dies

    as somebody else put it yesterday ...

    |   All those years, all the people, all the paper, platitudes & minutia,
    |   all the viciousness & character assassination, all the subverted tasks
    |   that could have been tackled in recognition's stead and in 2 minutes, 15
    |   seconds that and the commission are sent packing down the road. wow

    Re: SB1978 as amended - dies

    So what else in one the agenda that we have to worry about?

    Re: SB1978 as amended - dies

    Too many non-indian chiefs and no indians. !

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