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CTBA Political e-Brief Wednesday, June 29, 2016

“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.

 

Embattled Gambling Firm Amaya Holds AGM In Private (US—Online Gaming)
The Star (June 28, 2016) Top executives of Amaya met with shareholders behind closed doors Tuesday during their annual general meeting. It is the first meeting since former chairman and CEO David Baazov, who is heading a possible takeover bid for the online gambling company, was charged with insider trading by Quebec regulators.
Alabama Poarch Creek Indians Expanding Casino Gambling In Louisiana, Nevada (AL—Tribal Casino)
AL (June 28, 2016) The Alabama-based Poarch Band of Creek Indians is expanding its casino business into Louisiana and Nevada. The band's PCI Gaming Authority has struck a deal to buy Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, near Shreveport. That deal is subject to approval by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
Alabama Tribe Expanding Gambling To Bossier City (AL—Tribal Casino)
NOLA (June 28, 2016) The Alabama-based Poarch Band of Creek Indians is expanding its casino business into Louisiana and Nevada. The band's PCI Gaming Authority has struck a deal to buy Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, near Shreveport. That deal is subject to approval by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
US Supreme Court Steers Clear Of Tribal Casino Labor Question (US—Tribal Casino)
Casino (June 28, 2016) The US Supreme Court refused to be drawn into a legal scrap over the question of whether the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has authority over tribal casino operators on their sovereign lands.
Jacksonville City Council Set To Approve Slot Machines Referendum (FL—Gaming Regulation)
Jacksonville (June 28, 2016) A referendum to let voters allow the Best bet poker room in Arlington to have slot machines will be voted on by the Jacksonville City Council this evening. The proposed referendum is expected to pass. A majority of the council is supporting it, and it has faced no serious opposition since the legislation was introduced last month.
Gambling Bill Moves Forward In Pa. House (PA—Gaming Regulation)
WGAL (June 28, 2016) The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has voted to pass a bill that would expand gambling in the Commonwealth. The bill would legalize gambling on the Internet and at airports. It would also regulate fantasy sports betting.
SJC: Suffolk Downs Slots Parlor Question Properly Certified For 2016 Ballot (MA—Gaming Regulation)
Salem News (June 28, 2016) A ballot question authorizing a slots parlor at the former Suffolk Downs horse racing track was properly certified for this November's ballot, according to the Supreme Judicial Court, which on Tuesday rejected the claims of plaintiffs who sought to have the question disqualified.
State House Oks IGaming, Measure Goes To Senate For Approval (PA—Online Gaming)
World Casino Directory (June 28, 2016) Pennsylvanians could soon be on their way to playing online poker and blackjack from their homes. In the midst of budget negotiations, the state House voted 114-85 on Tuesday to legalize Internet gaming, or iGaming, and daily fantasy sports.
PA Gambling Bill Threatens Bethlehem Sands' Expansion Plans (PA—Online Gaming)
MCALL (June 28, 2016) If the Legislature passes an expanded gambling bill adding up to 20 slot parlors across Pennsylvania, Sands Casino will halt what could have been hundreds of millions of dollar in new investment in Bethlehem, its CEO said Tuesday. So far, the Legislature is on track to do just.
Highlights Of Gambling Legislation In The Pennsylvania House (PA—Online Gaming)
The Kansas City (June 28, 2016) The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday to expand legalized casino-style gambling to websites, airports and mobile applications. The measure passed, 114-85, and was sent to the Senate. Here is a look at the highlights:
Why Online Gambling Is Only Legal In Three US States (US—Online Gaming)
Koalition (June 28, 2016) Ever since ‘Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey’ legalized it, online gambling has been growing slowly. All three states missed their initial revenue forecasts. New Jersey state had estimated to bring in $1 billion in its first year, but the real figures were only 12% of that. Following 2014, their Internet gambling revenue rose by only 17.6%.
Supreme Court Puts An End To Another Tribal Jurisdiction Dispute (US—Tribal News)
Indianz (June 28, 2016) Call it the case that Indian Country forgot. Amid all the flurry over Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, another tribal jurisdiction dispute was awaiting attention at the U.S. Supreme Court.