California ratifies gaming compact with Tejon tribe, moving forward plans for Hard Rock casino near Bakersfield

California ratifies gaming compact with Tejon tribe, moving forward plans for Hard Rock casino near Bakersfield

Article brief provided by The Bakersfield Californian
  • John Cox, The Bakersfield Californian
September 3, 2022 5:20 PM
  • John Cox, The Bakersfield Californian
  • California
  • Tribal Gaming

The $600 million casino proposed near Mettler took another step toward final approval late Wednesday with the Legislature’s passage of a bill ratifying a gaming compact between the state of California and the Tejon Indian Tribe.

Senate Bill 910 passed the state Senate on a 39-0 vote, having earlier won the Assembly’s support. It now heads to the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom for his signature, and after that, a required 45-day review by the federal Department of the Interior. One of the bill’s co-authors, Sen. Anna Caballero, had no vote recorded, according to legislative records online.

Passed on the final day of the legislative session, the bill was backed by Kern’s entire Sacramento delegation and supported by county government as a boost to the local economy.