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CTBA Political e-Brief Thursday, June 09, 2016

“We have made considerable progress in terms of daily fantasy sports legislation and I am very optimistic that we will pass a bill before the session ends,” John Bonacic , NY Assemblyman, in News Day.---“If we’re so bent on expanding gambling, we should do it, but don’t count on the money … Then, at the end of the year, see how much money it generated. That would be the honest way to do it.” Fred Keller, PA Representative, in the Sharon Herald.

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CTBA Political e-Brief Wednesday, June 08, 2016

"It was not the intent of the Legislature to open the door for counties to hold their own referendums to allow the expansion of slots ,,, In fact, the language as written -- and as explained at the time -- was that it needed to be a legislatively-approved referendum, or one that was brought forward by voters at a constitutional level. It was never what Gretna is attempting -- which flies in the face of the bill they claim is giving them the authority." Bill Galvano, FL Senator, in the Tampa Bay Times.

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CTBA Political e-Brief Tuesday, June 07, 2016

“I’m not a huge fan of gambling personally, because I do think that it can lead to other ills in society … people gamble anyway … so it’s important for New York state to regulate it.” Carl Heastie, NY Assembly Speaker, in Legal Sports Report.---“This legislation recognizes that millions of New Yorkers play online poker on unregulated and unprotected off-shore poker websites that operate with no oversight, fraud controls, or age restrictions … We applaud the Senate Finance Committee’s vote to create a safe, legal environment for online poker through legislation that will generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue for taxpayers, and create open and fair opportunities for all providers of online poker.” MGM Resorts, in the Online Poker Report

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CTBA Political e-Brief Monday, June 06, 2016

“Throughout the District Court’s proceedings, the Commonwealth and the homeowners association were dismissive of the tribe’s argument that the United State’s exercises jurisdiction over the tribe’s gaming activities to the exclusion of the Commonwealth. They can be dismissive no longer.” Scott Crowell, Lawyer for the Wamapanoag Tribe of Gay Head, in MV Times.---“I think the statute is very clear that the Legislature is responsible for deciding which counties can have a referendum on slots,” Rob Bradley, FL Senator, in the My Palm Beach Post.

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CTBA Political e-Brief Friday, June 03, 2016

“We wanted to kind of test it (online gambling) out in May … When we come back in June it will be full guns a-blazing trying to get a budget done, and that will be part of that process.” Dave Reed, PA House Majority leader, in Casino.org.---“This has been a fluid situation for several years … It may be frankly true (the department) is still trying to figure out how to regulate these games.” William Hall, FL Department of Business and Professional Regulation lawyer, in Miami CBS Local.

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, June 02, 2016

"We're putting legislation forward saying DFS is legal, that it is a game of skill. And now you're going to put it in a gaming facility and bet on sports? That's clearly a violation of the (Federal) Wire Act and some of the other federal legislation,” John Bonacic, NY Chairman of the Senate Racing and Wagering Committee., in the Blood Horse. --- “Under this particular legislation, there will be more strict monitoring, and there will be more consumer protection. And there will be money to pay for the monitoring and the consumer protection.” John Bonacic, NY Chairman of the Senate Racing and Wagering Committee., in the Legal Sports Report.

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, June 01, 2016

"Our goal is for gaming revenues to be part of the final budget package … We wanted to kind of test it out in May, but obviously when we come back in June it will be full guns a-blazing trying to get a budget done, and that will be part of that process." Dave Reed, PA House Majority Leader, in the Philly Inquirer. --- "This is a casino game (Keno) … The lottery argues this is a lottery game, but it's in casinos all over the country." Robert Steele, Former CT Congressman, in the Courant.

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, May 31, 2016

“I am very interested in the issue, but I don’t think we can get it done in the next two weeks,” Gary Pretlow, NY Assemblymember, in Online Poker Report. --- "Participants (in the online fantasy leagues) must pay an entry fee or buy-in amount in order to win a prize. Consequently, the act of playing daily fantasy sports contests in Illinois constitutes illegal gambling," Lisa Madigan, Attorney General, in the Daily Herald.

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CTBA Political e-Brief Friday, May 27, 2016

“This innovative research will provide new approaches to evaluate public health in underserved (Native American) areas.” Ron Curry, EPA regional administrator, in KRWG.---"We are excited about the partnership and pleased to create job opportunities for our Tribal members, as well as local residents.” Neil Mortimer, Washoe Tribal Chair, in PR Newswire.

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, May 26, 2016

“And the most important thing is they came to Maine, they didn’t ask for anything, they just do what they do best. And now they’re going to invest more money.” Paul LePage, ME Governor, in World Casino Directory. --- "Our cities and towns benefit from that. The state benefits from that. But we cannot be left behind. We really need to start to look forward, and the amendment allows the Lottery to begin that process.” Jennifer Flanagan, MA Senator, in Sentinel & Enterprise News.

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CTBA Political e-Brief Wednesday, May 25, 2016

“To the contrary, the Tribe will continue to press forward, to demonstrate that the Corps has not adequately consulted with the Tribe regarding cultural resource issues, and has not adequately addressed the risk of an oil spill that would harm the Tribe’s waters. The Tribe is dedicated to the protection of our Treaty rights, our Reservation lands, and our people—and we will ensure that the federal government upholds its trust responsibility when it makes its decision regarding the Dakota Access pipeline.” Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Tribal Chairman, in Indian Country Today Media Network.---“Enacting this important legislation will ensure that all providers are taking the necessary steps to protect fantasy sports fans, and will give consumers peace of mind about the integrity of the games they love.” Cristina Duran, CO Representative, in the Denver Post.

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, May 24, 2016

“We have emergency rule-making authority as well as formal rule-making authority…So we anticipate proposing emergency rules in September, and then we also anticipate starting the formal rule-making process probably about that same time.” Sara Tait, IN Gaming Commission Executive Director, in Indiana Public Media. --- “With any bills that come anywhere close to gaming, everybody has their parochial interests that they pile on,” Kwame Raoul, IL Senator, in The Card Player.

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, May 23, 2016

“The unanimous Ninth Circuit ruling is a decisive victory for the Tohono O’odham Nation, the West Valley and Arizona. We remain focused on moving forward to create more jobs and economic opportunity to benefit all of Arizona.” Edward D. Manuel, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman, in Sun City West Independent. --- “The software providers know that they are producing illegal gambling games that are being used in local internet cafes. These illegal gambling operations create a public safety threat to our community.” Larry Morse II, CA District Attorney, in Compatible Poker.

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CTBA Political e-Brief Friday, May 20, 2016

“I’m not saying much about it now, but generally it’s going to have licensing, tax and consumer protections in it,” Gary Pertlow, NY Assemblyman, in Buffalo News.---“However, that proud resilience does not give the NFL a license to continue marketing, promoting, and profiting off of a dictionary-defined racial slur — one that tells people outside of our community to view us as mascots.” Jackie Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians, in Pro Football Talk.

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, May 19, 2016

“This legislation should require DFS betting to be held to the same standards, consumer protections and regulations that all other gaming licensees’ betting products are currently required to meet. If the Illinois General Assembly is serious about opening up Internet gaming beyond the lottery, then it must be done in a comprehensive manner with a level playing field, rather than a carve out that gives preference and special treatment to DFS.” Tom Swolk, Illinois Casino Gaming Association, in Legal Sports Reports. --- "(money availabe) does not provide enough to consolidate all fractional interests across Indian Country." Michael Conner, US Interior Deputy Secretary, in the Missoulian

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