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CTBA Political e-Brief Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"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.

 

Survey Finds California Voters Opposed To Legalizing Internet Poker (CA—Online Gaming)
LA Times (June 20, 2016) A survey Monday commissioned by several Native American tribes with concerns about legalizing Internet poker in California found a majority of California's likely voters oppose the idea.
Online Poker Bill Fails In New York, DFS Bill Succeeds (NY—Online Gaming)
Poker News Daily (June 20, 2016) On Saturday, the New York Assembly passed A10736, the DFS legalization bill, by a 91 to 22 vote, sending it over to the Senate. Senators discussed their twin bill, S8153, the rest of the day and night, finally passing it by a 45 to 17 vote at two o’clock in the morning.
Daily Fantasy Sports Now Permitted In Missouri (MO—Fantasy Sports)
Mondaq News (June 20, 2016) Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill (HB 1941) into law exempting daily fantasy sports (DFS) from state gambling regulations and placing them under state gaming regulations.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Loses Battle Against Daily Fantasy Sports (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Poker Sites (June 20, 2016) New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s crusade against daily fantasy sports (DFS) met its match late last week as the state legislature in Albany voted to pass a new bill to legalize the online contests
Fantasy Sports May Return To New York After State Secures Its Cut (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Reason (June 20, 2016) Fantasy sports leagues like DraftKings and FanDuel are set to return to the state of New York if the governor signs new legislation passed over the weekend. It's going to cost the private companies millions of dollars, of course.
Fantasy Sports Get A Legal Go-Ahead In New York State (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Pymnts (June 20, 2016) The New York legislature has given a thumbs-up to fantasy sports, passing a bill early Saturday (June 18) that explicitly legalizes and regulates fantasy sports betting in New York. It remains uncertain at this time if New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign the bill.
Daily Fantasy Sports Sites Return To New York, For Now (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Vocativ (June 20, 2016) The state assembly in New York, daily fantasy sports’ largest market, passed legislation on Saturday to legalize the online games—but the legal battle is far from over.
Can Fantasy Sports Industry’s Success In New York Generate Momentum In Other States? (US—Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (June 20, 2016)  New York passed legislation legalizing and regulating daily fantasy sports over the weekend, a last-second victory that will have a wide-ranging impact on the industry. One of those ramifications? It’s possible this changes things in other states, and leads to a wave of action in other legislatures.
How Long Is The Wait For Legal Sports Betting In New Jersey And Elsewhere? (US—Fantasy Sports)
USPoker (June 20, 2016) Whenever you are discussing a topic as heated as gambling, there is bound to be disagreement on some issues. But at the recent East Coast Gambling Congress & iGaming Institute at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, all of the presenters seemed to be united on one issue.
Greyhound Racing Survives With Tomblin’s Help (VA—Greyhound Racing)
Metro News (June 20, 2016) Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s decision to remove one word from the new state budget will keep money from casino gambling pouring into the greyhound racing purse fund. When Tomblin signed the budget bill into law last Friday he used his line-item veto power to remove the word “thoroughbred” from the budget.
Revel Casino Owner Blames 'Unnecessary' Regulation For Reopening Delay (NJ—Casino Regulation)
North Jersey (June 20, 2016) The reopening of the dormant Revel casino is being stalled by “inappropriate and unnecessary” red tape by regulators, its owner allegedMonday in a statement in which he threatened legal action.
Chitimacha Tribe Issues Statement About Chairman's Arrest (LA—Tribal News)
KATC (June 20, 2016) The Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana issued a statement today after news came that the tribe's chairman, O'Neil J. Darden Jr., was arrested by State Police and accused of stealing from the tribe.