NESPELEM - The Colville Business Council voted in Special Session to approve amendments for Colville Tribal Code Chap. 5-1 Domestic Relations.

According to the proposed code amendment cover sheet, “The amendment clarifies grandparent and other party visitation along with modification of custody, providing processes, burdens and legal standards for judicial determinations.”

CBC unanimously voted to approve the resolution.

Additional code amendments currently out for publication include:

1. Ch. 6-2 Packaged Spirits Regulation. The proposed amendment cover page states, “The proposed amendments provide for the introduction, sale, distribution, and possession of packaged spirits within Indian Country under the jurisdiction of the Tribes. It provides for a Colville Tribal Liquor Administrator to regulate and issue orders necessary to carry the Chapter into effect and a Packaged Spirits Account to hold and properly distribute revenue.” The comment period closed on Aug. 20, and a the code change will be presented again in the Law and Justice Committee Sept. 3.

2. Ch. 6-5 Gaming. The proposed amendment cover page states, “The Code is being updated to streamline processes and clarify authorities.” The comment period ends Oct. 16 and a second meeting will be held Nov. 5 in the Law and Justice Committee.

3. Ch. 6-8 Tobacco Code. The proposed amendment cover page states, “The proposed amendment changes the minimum age for retailers to sell, give, or permit to be sold or given tobacco products from 18 years of age to 21 years of age.” The comment period closes Sept. 3 and a second presentation will be made to the Law and Justice Committee Sept. 17.

4. Ch. 7-4 Colville Limited Liability Company Act. The proposed amendment cover page states, “The proposed amendment provides for various LLC levels which can be owned by the Tribes; provides that the Tribes’ majority interest in an LLC, or a wholly owned LLC, Subsidiary LLC or Second Tier LLC will have the Tribes’ privileges and immunities, thus providing greater protection from suit. There is also a provision prohibiting waiver of Privileges and immunities or creation of liability on behalf of the Tribes.” The comment period closes Sept. 3 and a second meeting will be held Sept. 17.

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