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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, March 8, 2012

“This bill has so many fundamental problems with it from very powerful large stakeholders, I don’t see a path to success for it this year.” David Quintana, political director for the California Tribal Business Alliance on CA Internet Gambling (Press Enterprise)

Two Pending State Bills Toss The Dice (CA – Online Gaming)
Press Enterprise (March 7, 2012) California lawmakers have introduced legislation to legalize online poker and sports wagering. Chances for success vary, experts say

Indian Tribes Use Casino Profits To Buy Real Estate (CA – Sycuan Band)
Fronteras (March 7, 2012) For decades, the Sycuan Indian reservation in eastern San Diego County was just a rugged little patch of a place. At less than 700 acres in the rural Dehesa Valley, it was one of San Diego’s smallest reservations.

Contested Chukchansi Tribal Election Saturday (CA – Picayune)
Sierra Star (March 8, 2012) A new Chukchansi tribal council election is planned for Saturday -- long-awaited for Reggie Lewis' council and seen as unjust by the council led by Morris Reid, who was elected as chairman in the Dec. 3 tribal council election.

Judge Hears Arguments In Card Room Case (CA – Napa Valley Casino Cardroom)
American Canyon Eagle (March 8, 2012) The high-stakes showdown between American Canyon and the Napa Valley Casino card room continued Wednesday in Napa Superior Court with Judge Thomas R. Warriner presiding.

Lobbyist: Industry Wants Fair Shot At Online Gambling With Tribes, Lotteries (US – Online Gaming)
Washington Post (March 7, 2012) A top lobbyist told more than 350 gambling regulators and operators Wednesday that commercial casinos want a fair shot for everyone when it comes to online gambling — not a leg up over state lotteries, American Indian tribes and others jockeying to be first in line.

AGA Making Regulatory Reform A Top Priority In 2012 (US – Online Gaming)
Casino City Times (March 7, 2012) American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. on Wednesday announced the association will work closely with regulators in 2012 to advance regulatory reform.

Retailers Raising Alarm Over Online Lotteries (US – Online Lottery)
Gambling Compliance (March 8, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED Chastened by recent legal developments, U.S. lottery retailers are ramping up lobbying efforts to oppose expansion of online lottery sales.

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Online Gambling Innovation is Mind Blowing (US – Online Gaming)
Casino Scam Report (March 7, 2012) Zynga CEO Mark Pincus is raising eyebrows once again when it comes to the future of the company and online gaming with the release of a statement.

Tribes Seeking Casinos Face Questions About Land-Into-Trust (US – Land Trusts)

Indianz.com (March 7, 2012) The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is placing clouds over Indian gaming, tribal leaders were told on Tuesday.

Could the Lansing City Council Delay A Vote On A Controversial Casino Project? Maybe (MI – Off Reservation Casino)
Michigan Radio (March 7, 2012) Some Lansing city council members seem inclined to delay a vote on a proposed casino project.

County Committee Approves Casino Agreement (WI – Off Reservation Casino)
Janesville Gazette (March 7, 2012) Concerns over the Ho-Chunk Nation putting local land into federal trust and gambling addiction were among issues citizens and county supervisors raised before the Rock County Board Staff Committee approved an agreement for a Beloit casino Tuesday.

Legislature Sidestepping Sweepstakes Cafés Again (FL – Internet Café)
Tampa Tribune (March 8, 2012) For the second year in a row, Florida legislators who were determined to outlaw Internet sweepstakes cafés have rolled snake eyes.

Public Support Key For MN Racino Push (MN – Racino)
Standard Bred Canada (March 7, 2012) It has been reported that the public could play a key role in the possibility of expanded racino gaming coming to racetracks in the state of Minnesota.

Mohegans Complete Debt-Refinancing (CT – Indian Casino Economy)

The Day (March 8, 2012) The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority made it official Wednesday.