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CTBA Political e-Brief Monday, June 27, 2016

“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.

 

Calif. Tribes Want To Nix Gambling Pact Expiration Date (CA—Tribal Gaming)
Law 360 (June 26, 2016) The Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians and the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe claimed in their suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that setting a termination date violates the intentions of Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by allowing the state to close their casinos.
Facing Competition, MGM Takes Fight To Congress (CA—Gaming Dispute)
Boston Globe (June 26, 2016) Last year, Connecticut lawmakers joined forces with the tribes behind Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun with plans of opening a third Indian-owned casino in the state, a strategic move against the $950 million MGM Resorts casino set to open just over the Massachusetts border in Springfield.
Change Could Be A Big Deal For Card Rooms (CA—Card Rooms)
San Diego Union Tribune (June 26, 2016) For close to a decade, card rooms in California have been allowed to get around state laws governing poker and other games, thanks to a letter written by the state’s former top gambling agent.
Cherokee Nation Entertainment Signs Up For Arkansas Casino (AK—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (June 26, 2016) Oklahoma casino operator Cherokee Nation Entertainment is hoping to expand into neighboring Arkansas next year to operate one of the three new casinos being envisioned by a proposed constitutional amendment.
Cowlitz Casino On Track, Still Stirring Controversy (WA—Tribal Casino)
Oregon Live (June 26, 2016) Just 16 miles north of Portland, near the tiny Washington town of La Center, construction is roaring on what will become — by far — the metro area's closest casino.
Council Set For Vote On Slot Machines; Issue Breezed Through Committees (FL—Gaming Regulation)
Jacksonville (June 25, 2016) A referendum to let voters decide whether slot machines can operate at Bestbet’s poker room in Arlington is on track for approval this week by the Jacksonville City Council — although the decision’s fate ultimately lies in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court.
Daily Fantasy Sports Weekly Wrap: New York Delay, Summer Doldrums? (NY—Gaming Regulation)
Legal Sports Report (June 26, 2016) After the legislature passed a bill in New York last week, nothing has happened with the bill. It still needs to actually be sent to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who would then have 10 days to sign or veto the bill.
Gambling Regulators Approve New Fantasy Sports Model (NV—Fantasy Sports)
Nevada Appeal (June 26, 2016) A new gambling platform approved by Nevada regulators Thursday will further blur the lines between traditional sports betting and fantasy sports contests, an industry that insists its games are not gambling in the face of legal challenges across the country.
Betting On Simulcast Horse, Dog Racing Expanding In Iowa (IA—Racing)
DesMoines Register (June 26, 2016) West Des Moines-based Wild Rose Casinos is the first Iowa gambling company planning to take advantage of a 2014 state law that allows betting on video simulcasts of horse and dog races at casinos that do not offer live racing. The company intends to offer racing wagers at its casinos in Jefferson, Emmetsburg and Clinton via satellite feeds.
After 72 Years, Live Dog Racing Ends At Tucson Greyhound Park (AZ—Horse Racing)
Tucson (June 26, 2016) The park started its own race for survival about 22 years ago when gaming casinos opened in Arizona. Its remaining dogs ran their last races and will leave within days for their next venture, be it a greyhound rescue group or another, out-of-state racing venue.
U.S. Attorney's Office Investigating Tribal Incentive Payments (US—Tribal News)
Journal Star (June 26, 2016) The Nebraska U.S. Attorney’s office has launched an investigation of past and current members of the Omaha Tribal Council suspected of stealing of federal funds, embezzlement and conspiracy.
Internet Poker, Fantasy Sports Gambling Coming To California? (CA—Gaming Regulation)
Sacramento Bee (June 27, 2016) The Assembly has approved Assemblyman Adam Gray’s fantasy sports bill with just one negative vote, and Gray’s internet poker bill moved to the Assembly floor last week.