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Tribes subject to political regulation in California

In a ruling that could shake up California politics, a Sacramento appeal court ruled Wednesday that the state could sue Indian tribes to force disclosure of lobbying activities and campaign contributions.

The 2-1 ruling by the 3rd District Court of Appeal held that the state's right to preserve its political process trumps tribal immunity.

"The state's resort to the judicial process is a procedure essential to enforce its reserved right and duty to maintain a republican form of government," Justice Richard Sims III wrote. "What else is it to do, call out its 'well-regulated militia'? We daresay no one would sanction such a remedy." -- California Can Force Tribes to Reveal Lobbying Activity (The Recorder)

The case is Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Superior Court (Fair Political Practices Commission).