HB159 - INDIAN AFFAIRS - Schwab, David
HB159 ESTABLISHES A STATE COMMISSION OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.
Sponsor: Schwab, David (157) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: LR Number:0415-01
Last Action: COMMITTEE: GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION AND REVIEW
02/10/1999 - Public Hearing Held (H)
HB159
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HB 159 -- Indian Affairs

Sponsor:  Schwab

This bill creates the Missouri State Commission of Indian
Affairs within the Department of Economic Development.  The
commission is required to assist with Indian affairs on both a
state and federal level for the social and economic protection
of Indians.  The commission must promote recognition of sacred
and meaningful Indian cultural and religious traditions.  All
proposed or pending state legislation affecting Indians in the
state must be reviewed by the commission.  Public hearings must
be conducted on matters relating to Indian affairs.  A written
annual report giving an account of its proceedings,
transactions, findings, and recommendations must be submitted to
the Governor and the General Assembly.

The Commission must also study the existing status of
recognition of Indian groups and tribes in the state.
Appropriate procedures to provide for legal recognition by the
state must be established and the commission must initiate
procedures for their recognition by the federal government.

The commission is composed of 11 members who are residents of
Missouri.  One state representative and one senator appointed by
the Speaker and the President Pro Tem will serve on the
commission.  The other members of the commission are appointed
by the Governor.  Seven of the members must represent Indian
tribes, bands, or groups in the state.  Appointments to the
commission are made to insure the members serve staggered
terms.  The commission must elect a chairperson and meet at
least quarterly.  Members serve without compensation but are
paid for actual and necessary expenses.

The commission must hire an executive director who serves as
secretary, chief administrator, and executive officer of the
commission.  The director has general charge of the work of the
commission.  The director is required to hire other personnel as
may be necessary.  The department must provide office space,
equipment, and any other necessary assistance required by the
commission.


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