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CTBA Political e-Brief Friday, June 17, 2016

“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.

 

Cards Chat (June 16, 2016) The amendments introduced suitability language that defined “bad actors” as operators that offered gambling to Americans after December 31, 2011, rather than December 31, 2006, as had previously been the case.
Cowlitz Casino Leaders Want To ‘Turn The Page’ (CT—Tribal Casino)
Columbian (June 16, 2016) After more than a decade of acrimony, officials with the Cowlitz casino project say they are looking to “turn the page.” “Fifteen years have passed, and here we are,” said Cowlitz tribal member Dave Barnett, project founder and son of the late Cowlitz Chairman John Barnett. “Let’s have some meaningful dialogue.”
Gov. Ducey Wants Court To Block Tribe's Efforts To Question Staffers (AZ—Tribal News)
Tucson (June 16, 2016) Gov. Doug Ducey wants a federal judge to block — or at least narrow — efforts by lawyers for the Tohono O'odham Nation to question his staffers in the legal fight over the Glendale casino.
Tiguas Ordered To Remove 'Sweepstakes Gaming' Or Face Stiff Penalties (TX—Tribal Regulation)
Federal Judge Kathleen Cardone has ruled the sweepstakes kiosks set up at Speaking Rock and the Socorro Entertainment Center amount to illegal gambling. Cardone's May 27 ruling states the Tigua Tribe is in contempt for operating lotteries. It has 60 days from the date of the ruling to remove the kiosks or it will be fined $100,000 a day.
Online Gaming Doing Well in Delaware (DE—Online Gaming)
Poker News (June 16, 2016) Delaware is one of three states to permit regulated online gaming along with New Jersey and Nevada. Not much focus is on Delaware due to the state's relatively small population of approximately 900,000 residents.
Committee Okays Lottery Move To Online Gaming (MA—Online Gaming)
Lowell Sun (June 16, 2016) The Massachusetts Lottery would be authorized to offer its products online and on mobile applications, something the Lottery has said is essential to maintaining and growing its revenues, under a bill given approval this week by a legislative committee.
Pennsylvania House Lawmakers Could Revisit Online Poker Bill Next Week (PA—Online Gaming)
Card Player (June 16, 2016) Though it was rejected last month, Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania’s House say that another vote could be held next week on legislation seeking to authorize online casinos.
Things Need To Get Ugly Tonight For Online Poker To Pass In New York (NY—Online Gaming)
Poker News (June 16, 2016) If you're hoping for online poker legislation to pass in New York, you're going to want things to get ugly tonight. The bill's chances rest on The Big Ugly. That's what New Yorkers call their end-of-session omnibus bill, a Frankenstein combination of legislation that the branches want to push through before the end of the year.
New York’s Ban On Daily Fantasy Sports Could Be Coming To An End (NY—Fantasy Sports)
CBS Local (June 16, 2016) Daily fantasy sports are a multi-billion dollar industry that allows players to win millions of dollars per week. It’s been illegal in New York since November, but on Thursday night that could all change, and the state could profit up to $5-million a year.
Pols Reach Deal To Allow Fantasy Sports Websites To Open (NY—Fantasy Sports)
NY Daily News (June 16, 2016) State lawmakers have reached agreement on legislation that would allow daily fantasy sports websites to resume operations in New York —but the measure still faces an uncertain fate at the Capitol.
Lawmakers, Operators To Address Casino Saturation At National Council Of Legislators From Gaming States Summer Meeting In Boston (MA—Fantasy Sports)
News (June 16, 2016) The panel discussion will focus on the definition of saturation, balancing the need for fiscal revenues and the needs of operator success, the differences between types of casinos, and legal and regulatory issues in gaming states.
America Is Betting On Gambling (US—Gaming News)
Weekly Standard (June 16, 2016) In little more than a half-century, the United States has become a gambling nation. In 1963 a map of the country would have shown one state, Nevada, with legal casino gambling and no states with government-sponsored lotteries. It would have shown racetracks that were merely racetracks, not fronts for slot parlors.