U.S. Rep. Brian Babin Files Bill to Protect Jobs in Texas;
H.R. 759 filed with 13 co-sponsors, including 6 from Texas
(Livingston, Texas January 25, 2019) – U.S. Representative Brian Babin (R-Woodville) has filed a bill in Congress to protect over 561 local jobs in Tyler and Polk Counties. Specifically, H.R. 759, the Equal and Fair Opportunity Act of 2019, will clarify the right of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas to offer gaming on its tribal land. The Act clarifies the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe’s right, under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, to offer electronic bingo at its Naskila Gaming facility on their reservation, a facility that injects more than $139 million annually into the local economy in Deep East Texas. The bill also provides the same protections for the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in El Paso.
Rep. Babin introduced a similar measure in the last Congressional session. The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe owns and operates Naskila Gaming, an alcohol-free entertainment facility that has operated since its grand opening in June of 2016. The Tribe, and Naskila Gaming, have emerged as the third largest employer in Polk and Tyler counties.