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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.

Arizona Gaming Director Wants Tribe's Private Documents On Casino (AZ—Tribal Casino)
Tucson,com (June 4, 2016) In legal papers filed in federal court here, attorneys for Daniel Bergin say he needs notes from closed-door tribal meetings going back to 2002 to support his claim that the nation defrauded the state by hiding its plans for full-blown casino gaming.
Connecticut Tribe Says It Has Made Federal Bid, Hopes For Casino (CT—Tribal Casino)
CT mirror (June 5, 2016) A Connecticut tribe says it filed a voluminous petition for federal recognition with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Friday, a bid it hopes will result in the rights to open a casino in the Danbury area.
Obama Administration Sides With Wampanoag Tribe In Casino Appeal (MA—Tribal Casino)
MV Times (June 5, 2016) The U.S. Department of Justice has stepped into the legal battle over the rights of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to build a casino on tribal lands in the smallest town on Martha’s Vineyard.
National Indian Gaming Commission Cites Seminole Nation Again (OK—Tribal Casino)
Indianz (June 5, 2016) The agency issued another notice of violation to the Seminole Nation on May 20, the latest in a series of enforcement actions that date to the late 1990s. Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri warned the tribe to bring its three gaming facilities into compliance by June 19 or face a closure order.
Sioux City Downtown Casino Seeks Approval For Expansion (IA—Casino Expansion)
Desmoines Register (June 4, 2016) The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is planning a $5 million, nearly 8,000-square-foot addition to its downtown casino, the Sioux City Journal reported Saturday. In addition to a high-stakes gambling area, the expansion would include a wine bar and a private lounge.
Supreme Court Case Could Determine If Slot Machines Come To West Palm (FL—Gaming Regulation)
My Palm Beach Post (June 3, 2016) Palm Beach Kennel Club’s owners are feeling lucky, envisioning lucrative slot machines alongside their card rooms and dog track if arguments this week before the Florida Supreme Court go their way. But a decision by justices — likely months away — also is certain to send tremors through Tallahassee and across the state’s vast gambling landscape.
Ruling Over Rural Racetrack Could Direct Gaming Future (FL—Gaming Regulation)
Miami Herald (June 5, 2016) The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether a nascent, small racetrack in the impoverished North Florida town of Gretna will turn the tables on the state’s gambling future.
Nebraska Gambling Measure Likely To Qualify For The Ballot (NE—Gaming Regulation)
Washington Times (June 5, 2016) A campaign to legalize casino gambling at Nebraska horse racing tracks has gone better than expected for its supporters, who raised more than $1.1 million to place the issue on the November ballot.
New Jersey Considers Bill Require Gambling Sites To Promote Atlantic City Brick-And-Mortar Gambling (NJ—Gaming Regulation)
Card Player (June 3, 2016) New Jersey is considering making it a requirement that state-licensed online gambling sites promote brick-and-mortar gambling as well. The move comes as experts are predicting that half of Atlantic City’s eight remaining casinos could close if voters in November approve casinos elsewhere in the state, likely close to New York City.
New York Senate Finance Committee Passes Online Poker Bill (NY—Online Gaming)
Casino News Daily (June 3, 2016) New York may be one small step closer to the legalization and regulation of online poker activities, after the Senate Finance Committee voted on Thursday in favor of State Senator John Bonacic’s proposed legislation. The bill is to now enter the Senate floor for further consideration.
New York Online Poker Bill Gets Positive Vote (NY—Online Gaming)
Cards Chat (June 5, 2016) New York online poker could still become a reality in 2016 after Senator John Bonacic’s bill passed through the Senate Finance Committee on June 2. Despite some uncertainty surrounding New York’s online poker (technically known as S5302) bill in recent months, the latest vote of confidence by the Senate Finance Committee has given players a renewed sense of optimism.
Daily Fantasy Faces Huge Legal Test In N.Y. Statehouse (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Boston Globe (June 5, 2016) The push in Albany — with about two weeks remaining on the Legislature’s calendar — is part of a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort around the country to get state lawmakers to expressly allow the companies to offer their games without violating local gambling laws.