Tribal Government Tax-Exempt Bond Parity Act (S.1850). Under the bill, Indian tribal governments would be treated the same as state or local governments for purposes of issuing tax-exempt bonds to fi nance economic development facilities on tribal lands. S.1850 was introduced by Sen. Gordon Smith (Ore.) and co-sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.), Sen. Tim Johnson (S.D.), Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (N.D.) and Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.). It currently is pending in the Senate Finance Committee.
Department of the Interior Tribal Self Governance Act (H.R. 3994). Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.) introduced H.R. 3994 to expand Tribal Self Governance within the U.S. Department of Interior. A hearing was held on November 8, 2007, by the House Committee on Resources. H.R. 3994 is cosponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (N.J.) and Rep. Nick J. Rahall II (W.V.).
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (H.R. 3413). This measure would amend the National Labor Relations Act to provide that any enterprise or institution owned and operated by an Indian Tribe and located on its Indian lands will not be considered an “employer” and, therefore, subject to the jurisdiction of the NLRB. H.R. 3413 is cosponsored by Rep. Ken Calvert (Calif.), Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), Rep. Ron E. Paul (Tex.), Rep. John Campbell (Calif.), Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeown (Calif.) and Rep. Charles “Chip” Pickering, Jr. (Miss.). It was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor.