Political eBriefs 2016
“You either go with gaming or you go with broad-based taxes and broad-based taxes just aren’t on the menu,” Nick Kotik, PA Representative, in the Times Online.---“We are taking this great New Jersey tradition and making it even better … This legislation will increase the profile of New Jersey’s diverse horse racing industry and steeplechase racing to a broader national audience.” Ron Dancer, NJ Assemblymember, in My Central Jersey.
“Internet gaming already exists. We need a regulated environment to protect underage players from gambling … (This bill) is in the best interest of the consumers, and players are in need of the protections that don't exist in the unregulated gaming space.” Bill Thomas, Spokesman for PA Representative Rosita Youngblood, in Triblive.---"PCI's success has been key to our ability to improve opportunit(ies) and increase services to our tribal members … This acquisition will further our goal of building a great company. committed to the communities in which we operate." Stephanie Bryan, Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Chairwoman, in Al.com.
"STN satisfies all of the criteria for federal acknowledgement, however it continues to be unfairly denied the benefits of healthcare, housing, educational programs, economic diversification opportunities and, especially, the national sovereignty that is enjoyed by two other Connecticut Tribes who have both vowed to me personally that they would not hinder our efforts to reclaim our federal recognition." Schaghticoke Tribal Nation Chief, in PR News Wire.---“Today, more than a decade after the Board’s initial foray onto Indian reservations, the law in this area is—to put it charitably—a mess,” Paul Clement, Representative of the Soaring Eagle Casino, in the National Law Journal.
“This is a company willing to spend huge sums of money to get what it wants … Their actions in Connecticut, and now in Washington, make it clear that they are willing to do anything to stop this project. And if they’re successful, there will be more people in Connecticut standing in the unemployment line.” Andrew Doba, spokesman, Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, in the Boston Globe.---“Not only do card rooms not have a constitutional right to do what they are doing — as tribes do — the California constitution forbids their play of house banked games … So this should not even be controversial. It is black and white,“ Anthony Roberts, Yocha Dehe Wintun nation, in the San Diego Union Tribune.
“We had hoped that the DEFAC report would produce some reasonable amount of revenue increase to the state so that we’d have a reasonably good shot at making meaningful progress, and that’s the phrase I always use … meaningful progress on the casino issue. One of the things I’ve never been interested in was another Band-Aid,” Brian Bushweller, DE Senator, in Delaware State News.---“I want to see things get done. This is a way to get revenue for Pennsylvania without raising income or sales taxes. We have the intent to put this revenue toward our pension deficit, and that’s a good thing. It would give casinos additional tools to stay competitive with surrounding states, and that’s a good thing.” John Payne, PA Representative, in Casino.
"In poker, you're betting and you're changing the bet by raising. That's gambling. In my legislative finding, I found DFS is not gambling. I can't find that poker is not gambling." Gary Pertlow, NY Assemblymember, in Poker News.---“We have invested mightily… and they have invested mightily in us… meaning the casinos that are throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania … It would simply be a slap in the face to them.” Thaddeus Kirkland, PA Representative, in Philadelphia CBS Local.
“She’s (Kamala Harris) just failed to take positions on some critical issues … and that causes alarm … Unfortunately, what it looks like is politics.” Steve Stalling, Chairman, Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, in the Los Angeles Times.---"There is absolutely no basis to single out tribes and prevent them from continuing to engage in economic development both on and off their reservation lands. It would be unprecedented for Congress to limit these opportunities for tribal governments." Ernest L. Stevens, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association, in the Courant.
"Voters are clearly skeptical about legalizing online poker … Even more toxic are provisions that would grant a license to foreign websites that illegally took bets from Californians in violation of federal law.”Mark Macarro, Pechanga Tribal Chairman, in the Los Angeles Times.---“Today, the Legislature has amended the law to legalize daily fantasy sports contests, a law that will be my job to enforce and defend. We will nevertheless continue to pursue our claims that DraftKings and FanDuel previously engaged in false advertising and consumer fraud.” Eric Schneiderman, NY Attorney General, in Vocativ.
"It's a good thing (Fantasy Sports Legislation) for New Yorkers because there are more than three and half million participants, most of them millennials," Gary Pertlow, NY Assemblymember, in KFGO.---"That was some of the heaviest, hardest lobbying I've seen in my time in Albany … I'm thrilled. I think we did the right thing for the millions of fans, for the state of New York, for education. All the way around, I think we did the right thing." Dan Murray, NU Assemblymember, in ESPN GO.
“They may have a language agreement on daily fantasy sports but I still have to check and see if there is Democrats who support the legislation and that's what we're doing,” Carl Heastie, Assembly Speaker, in NY Daily News.---"Since millennials and other younger players have grown up with access to technology at their fingertips, they are less likely to purchase lottery tickets in the traditional marketplace and we need to find an alternative way to engage them … Massachusetts is highly reliant on lottery revenues for local aid, and in order to sustain the high revenues to which we are accustomed, we need to diversify our offerings to engage younger players and continue to have one of the strongest lotteries in the state." Barbara L'Italien, MA Senator, in the Lowell Sun.
“Only a casino can have an open kiosk, where you can go into the casino and they can partner with the different companies and have a kiosk there to play your fantasy sports.” George Dunbar, PA Representative, in Philadelphia CBS Local.---"Let him veto it and then we'll deal with the one-year extender," John Bonacic, NY Senator, Speaks on NYRA legislation in Blood Horse.
"There’s too much at stake to act hastily and without the necessary due diligence to ensure that a bad actor is not given free rein in New Jersey and that all players seeking the privilege to do business in this state understand that dubious business dealings will not be tolerated.” Ralph Caputo, NJ Assemblyman, in New Jersey Gambling Sites.---"Creating a safe, regulated option for online poker players in New York would generate millions in new tax revenue that could be used for education and other critical investments," John McManus, MGM General Counsel, in Syracuse.
“I’m not interested in creating a border war with New Jersey, but New York has a vested interest in gaming and we’re not going to allow one of our neighbors to take away from that,” Gary Pretlow, NY Assemblymember, in Poker Fuse.---“When a new frontier of online betting is available at the touch of a screen, we have a responsibility to protect consumers and young people,” Jay Nixon, MO Governor, in Casino.org.
“When a new frontier of online betting is available at the touch of a screen, we have a responsibility to protect consumers and young people … I appreciate the General Assembly for answering my call to bring forward common-sense consumer protection to make sure fantasy sports gaming in Missouri is operated responsibly and with accountability.” Jay Nixon, MO Governor, in Ky3.com.---“The district court erred in concluding that the Tribe exercised insufficient governmental power over the settlement lands to meet the standard of “Indian lands” Department of Justice, sides with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head’s in World Casino Directory.
"The new law will provide fresh economic stimulus to the state's racing and breeding industry, which, in turn, will encourage further expansion of this significant industry in the State of Minnesota," Ralph Strangis, MN Racing Commission chairman, in Blood Horse.---“The long-term interest of the county, and the responsibility of the county to protect its citizens of the negative financial impact that will occur, is well worth the money we spent in terms of getting our citizens a voice in the process.” Al French, WA County Commissioner, in Spokesman.