The California Senate passed a bill this week that ratifies a gaming compact with the Tejon Indian Tribe. If signed into law, it would lead to the proposed $600 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tejon just south of Bakersfield.
The bill will now be sent to the desk of California Gov. Gavin Newsom for rejection or his signature.
“It’s an honor to co-author legislation which will finally give long-deserved recognition to the people of the Tejon tribe,” state Sen. Shannon Grove of Bakersfield said in a statement. “SB 910 will ratify a tribal-state compact that will greatly benefit both the Tejon tribe and Kern County with nearly 5,000 jobs, live entertainment and convention spaces that will bring exciting growth to the area.”
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Tejon Indian Tribe Casino Project Many Years in the Making
The major step for the Tejon Indian Tribe coms after nearly seven years of work. In 2015, the tribe began applying with the Federal Government for gaming status.
The proposed casino and resort would be 15 miles south of Bakersfield near Mettler, California. The plan calls for a 166,500-square-foot casino, 11-story hotel with 400 rooms, and a fitness center. There will also be 13 restaurants and bars, a Hard Rock Live concert venue, and 3,000 slot machines, making it one of the largest Indian casinos in California.
There will of course be table games, including blackjack, Asian games, and poker. The property will also feature 22 acres of RV parking.
The Tejon Indian Tribe has an agreement from Hard Rock International, Inc. to operate the Hard Rock Casino & Resort, which would be located on 320 acres alongside condominiums, spa, and a health care facility for the tribe.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida owns Hard Rock International, Inc. The tribe has Hard Rock Casino properties in several states. Hard Rock International, Inc. does not own the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The proposed Tejon Indian Tribe casino project has been federally approved under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. It would be the first casino in Kern County, a county with nearly 900,000 people. Tejon Indian Tribe has approximately 1,200 members.
On Aug. 17, 2022, Gov. Newsom attached his signature to a gaming compact between the Tejon Indian Tribe and California that authorized up to 3,000 slot machines. It is expected that the governor will sign this bill into law, clearing the way for the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel.
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