The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has scheduled a public hearing Wednesday on a bill that would reinforce the federal government’s decision to take the so-called Camp 4 property into trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both Democrats, apparently requested the hearing on HR 1491, sponsored by Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, who represents California’s 1st Congressional District.
HR 1491 was passed without a hearing by the House of Representatives in late November on a voice vote, so there is no record of who supported and who opposed the bill.
A spokesman for the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition, which opposes the federal government taking Camp 4 trust decision, said the Senate committee’s decision to hold a public hearing means senators will hear testimony from two witnesses, including one in opposition to the measure, which was not the case in the House. (Click here to read the full article.)