A bill that would allow the state to transfer land to the Kialegee Tribe has passed the Georgia Senate.
Rep. Roger Lane, R-Darien, chairman of a House subcommittee considering the bill, says panel members want to determine whether the Kialegee could build a gambling casino there without state approval.
The Kialegee Tribal Town, of Oklahoma, has a contract to buy 300 acres, part of St. Simons Island developer Joe McDonough's 4,300 acres near Brunswick.
The deal is contingent on the Bureau of Indian Affairs recognizing the land as a reservation.
The Kialegee say they want to re-create a tribal town as a tourist attraction and then make a deal for a larger project.