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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, February 10, 2012

There needs to be some accommodation for that loss of exclusivity. Tribes probably have more to lose from the expansion of Internet gaming than any other segment of the gaming industry.” Glenn Feldman, Phoenix attorney who represents the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians (Las Vegas Review Journal)

Board Going Ahead With Quarry Appeal Hearing On Tuesday (CA – Liberty Quarry)
North County Times (February 9, 2012) The Riverside County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning for the third in a series of hearings on Granite Construction's appeal of the denial of the company's Liberty Quarry project, it was decided Thursday during a special meeting.

Fed Study Shows Raising Shasta Dam Is Feasible (CA – Lake Shasta Dam)
Santa Maria Times (February 9, 2012) Raising Shasta Dam to boost the state's water supply is feasible and economically justified, but could displace businesses and flood the remaining sacred grounds of a Native-American tribe, according to a study by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Suspicious Object Found at Viejas Outlet Center (CA – Viejas)

NBC San Diego (February 10, 2012) A suspicious object found at the Viejas Casino & Outlet Center in Alpine prompted an evacuation of the outlet center on Thursday evening, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept.

BIA Says Chukchansi People Can 'Work It Out’ (CA – Picayune)
Sierra Star (February 9, 2012) With losers of a December Chukchansi tribal council election still seated at the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, election winners have met with Bureau of Indian Affairs in hopes the agency will recognize their body as the true tribal council based off results of the Dec. 3 election.

Chukchansi Removes More Members (CA – Picayune)
Sierra Star (February 9, 2012) For one family, descendants of the last Chukchansi chief, Chief Hawa and his daughter Princess Melliot, being Chukchansi has always been a way of life.

Temecula Creek Inn Housing Plan Under Review (CA – Pechanga)
North County Times (February 9, 2012) A consulting firm is studying the environmental implications of a plan to transform the 305-acre Temecula Creek Inn property into a resort community.

Gambling's Move Online Likely To Cost Tribes (US – Online Gaming)
Las Vegas Review Journal (February 9, 2012) Indian tribes that have made billions of dollars from legalized gambling stand the most to lose as gaming migrates to the Internet, experts told Congress on Thursday.

Expansion of Net Gambling Worries Indian Tribes (US – Online Gaming)
National Journal (February 9, 2012) A Senate committee on Thursday debated a controversial Justice Department opinion that some legal experts and gambling supporters say has opened the door for states to begin offering online gambling within their borders and could harm Indian gambling operations.

Senate Hearing On Online Poker and Gambling Concludes (US – Online Gaming)
Poker News Report (February 10, 2012) The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held its second hearing on internet gambling… focusing on the DoJ opinion as applying only to sports wagering and how that would effect Indian tribes and their gambling interests.

Silver Legacy In Reno Unlikely To Close (NV – Casino Closure)
Reno Gazette Journal (February 9, 2012) The Silver Legacy Resort Casino told employees Thursday that the owners have no intent to close after notifying regulators this week of plans to restructure a $142.8 million mortgage payment due March 1.

Seneca Nation Bolsters Spending To Fight Casino Plans (NY – Casino Expansion)
Buffalo News (February 9, 2012) The Seneca Nation of Indians is expanding its lobbying and communications presence in an effort to block proposals at the state Capitol threatening to bring new casino competition to its gambling ventures in Western New York.

Casino Gambling Bill Gets Another Hearing (NH – Gambling Regulation)
Union Leader (February 10, 2012) Proponents and opponents of expanded gambling will have one more chance to make their case before House lawmakers decide whether to approve two casinos in the state.

Half Of Illinois Voters Back More Casinos, Tribune/WGN-TV Poll Finds (IL – Casino Expansion)
Chicago Tribune (February 10, 2012) As political power brokers work behind closed doors to strike an ever-elusive gambling deal, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll found half of Illinois voters say they support more casinos.

Aqueduct Expansion Is A Risky Bet (NY – Racino Expansion)
NY Daily News (February 10, 2012) New York’s push to expand casino gambling, part of a growing national trend, could be a risky bet both for the state and the growing army of people who will gamble away their money.

As Others See It: Gambling Revenue Not Same As Taxes (MN – Gambling Regulation)
Daily Globe (February 10, 2012) As Minnesota’s Legislature ponders the intricacies of getting a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings built, and how to pay for it, the issue of increasing gambling revenues keeps coming up.

Ohio House Puts Cards On Stricter Casino Regulations (OH – Gambling Regulation)
North West Ohio (February 10, 2012) An Ohio House committee has cleared a bill making changes to the state's gambling laws in preparation for new casinos and games at horse racing tracks.