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CTBA Political e-Brief Friday, June 10, 2016

"The new law will provide fresh economic stimulus to the state's racing and breeding industry, which, in turn, will encourage further expansion of this significant industry in the State of Minnesota," Ralph Strangis, MN Racing Commission chairman, in Blood Horse.---“The long-term interest of the county, and the responsibility of the county to protect its citizens of the negative financial impact that will occur, is well worth the money we spent in terms of getting our citizens a voice in the process.” Al French, WA County Commissioner, in Spokesman.


Wilton Rancheria Recommends Elk Grove Site As The Preferred Alternative For Its Planned Resort And Casino (CA—Tribal Casino)
Galt Herald Online (June 09, 2016) Wilton Rancheria announced today that it intends to recommend that a 35.9-acre parcel along Highway 99 in the City of Elk Grove be designated as the preferred alternative by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), prepared in response to the Tribe’s application to have land taken into trust for its planned resort and casino.
Spokanes Get Final OK For Casino Project (WA—Tribal Casino)
Spokesman (June 09, 2016) Ten years after it first asked to build a casino on its tribal lands in the West Plains, the Spokane Tribe won final approval from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to build a $400 million gaming and retail development.
Online Gaming Bill Moves Forward In Michigan (MI—Online Poker)
World Casino Directory (June 09, 2016) The state of Michigan is one that has been considering online gaming options for some time, with legislation moving forward yesterday. A Senate committee voted to approve an online gambling measure sponsored by State Senator Mike Kowall with a vote of 8 to 1.
New Jersey Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Speeds Ahead To Full Senate (NJ—Fantasy Sports)
NJ Gambling Sites (June 09, 2016) New Jersey is one of just three states that regulates online gambling and poker. It is trying to legalize sports betting through the courts. Now, it could join a handful of other states that have passed laws formally legalizing and regulating daily fantasy sports.
Nevada Regulators Give US Fantasy Thumbs Up, And DFS Is Back On Board, Sort Of (NV—Fantasy Sports)
Casino.org (June 09, 2016) A company named US Fantasy might conjure up all kinds of images, but this one proposes to offer fantasy sports betting to customers at Nevada casinos based on a parimutuel wagering system.
Fantasy Sports To Be Legalized in New York After Being Banned in 2015 (NY-Fantasy Sports)
MRCTV (June 09, 2016) Less than a year after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued fantasy sports websites FanDuel and DraftKings a cease-and-desist letter, declaring the companies were "engaged in illegal gambling under New York law," state legislators passed a motion to allow the sites to renew business.
Pennsylvania Starts Daily Fantasy Sports Regulation Push As Bill Drops (PA—Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (June 09, 2016) Pennsylvania is the latest state to get seriously involved in the potential legalization and regulation of the daily fantasy sports industry, with a new piece of legislation introduced on Thursday.
Pennsylvania Gets New Daily Fantasy Sports Bill, Committee Vote June 15 (PA—Fantasy Sports)
Calvinayre (June 09, 2016) On Thursday, Pennsylvania state Rep. George Dunbar filed HB 2150 (viewable here) aka the Fantasy Sports Consumer Protection Act, an updated version of the legislation Dunbar filed last year. The House Gaming Oversight Committee, of which Dunbar is a member, has scheduled a vote on HB 2150 for June 15 at 9am.
Bills Designed To Save Horse Racing In Michigan On Way To Gov. Snyder (MI—Horse Racing)
Detroit Free Press (June 09, 2016) Legislation designed to help the horse racing industry in Michigan survive received final passageThursday and is on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. The state Senate concurred Thursday in changes made in the House.
New Minnesota Law Authorizes Account Wagering (MN—Horse Racing)
Blood Horse (June 09, 2016) Minnesota officials said advance deposit wagering legislation passed recently by lawmakers will provide an estimated $1.5 million in revenue that will be "recaptured" from ADW providers and redirected to horse racing and breeding in the state.
California Internet Poker Bill Amended To Address Taxes, Suitability (CA—Online Gaming)
Card Player (June 09, 2016) A bill on the table to legalize and regulate online poker in California was amended this week to address some of the remaining issues facing the legislation. It wasn’t the first time this year that Assembly Bill 2863 has been altered, but these amendments can be seen as an attempt to end a stalemate in Sacramento that has lasted for nearly a decade.
PokerStars, Partners Issue Statement On Proposed California Online Poker Amendments (CA—Online Gaming)
Flush Draw (June 09, 2016) Yesterday’s surprise publishing of a new series of amendments to California’s current version of an online poker bill, AB 2863, continues to churn the waters.  Today, the coalition that would like to partner with the online giant have issued a joint statement on the new amendments.