Sacramento – Today, Assemblymember Jim Wood’s AB 1977, which ratifies a recent agreement between the Governor and the Yurok Tribe, was signed by the Governor.
The Yurok Tribe is from the Klamath region of California. “The Yurok is the largest tribe in California with more than 6,000 enrolled members,” noted Wood. “The tribe has been a great partner, employer and neighbor in our district.”
The ratification of the amended 2006 Gaming Compact allows the Yurok Tribe’s workers’ compensation provisions to align with those of other tribes in California, ensuring protection for its employees.
AB 1977 also helps the Yurok Tribe continue its economic development by decreasing unnecessary expenses. Before the agreement was made, the Yurok Tribe was facing a decision of whether to close the Redwood Hotel Casino which would have resulted in hundreds of lost jobs in the local community.
Elected in 2014, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) represents the 2nd Assembly District, which includes all of Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties, plus northern and coastal Sonoma County, including the northern half of Santa Rosa.