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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.


Former Tribal Administrator Pleads Guilty In Auburn Fraud Case (CA—Court Cases)
The Sacramento Bee (June 7, 2016) Gregory Scott Baker, former administrator of the Native American tribe that owns the lucrative Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, pleaded guilty Thursday in Sacramento federal court to his role in the theft of  more than $17 million from the tribe.
Construction begins on new Fire Mountain Casino (CA—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (June 7, 2016) In California, the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe Of Enterprise Rancheria has begun work on its new 140,000 sq ft Fire Mountain Casino near Yuba City following 15 years of delay.
'Biloxi is the right spot' for Foxwoods Casino (MS—Tribal Casino)
WLOX (June 7, 2016) Preliminary plans are underway to build a $265 million casino and resort in Biloxi. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation announced Tuesday morning its plans for the development of Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe.
Seminoles, State Press Arguments In Gambling Case (FL—Tribal Gaming)
CBS Local (June 7, 2016) Accusing the state of essentially reneging on a 2010 deal, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has asked a federal judge to declare that tribal casinos have permission to keep operating banked card games, including blackjack, for 15 more years.
Jackpot entering Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Market (OK—Tribal Gaming)
Stockhouse (June 7, 2016) With over 110+ Tribal casino venues in Oklahoma, total annual revenues from Tribal Gaming in Oklahoma are estimated to be $4 billion, which is second only to California in terms of Tribal Gaming.
Calif., Feds Urge Court To Rule Tribe's Bingo Site Was Illegal (CA—Tribal Gaming)
Law360 (June 7, 2016) The federal and California governments on Friday again pressed a federal court to rule that the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s shuttered online bingo website violated federal law, with the federal government claiming the tribe was trying to hide behind the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to offer illegal gambling to customers off the tribe’s reservation.
Gambling Case Before Florida Supreme Court Could Have Broad Repercussions (FL—Gaming Regulation)
Tampa Bay Times (June 7, 2016) Sen. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who has been at the core of the Legislature's gambling negotiations for the past seven years, said Tuesday that when lawmakers adopted the change to the state gaming law in 2010, they did not intend to open the door to the expansion of slot machines as Gretna Racing and five other pari-mutuels around the state are claiming.
Florida Supreme Court To Decide If Tracks Win Jackpot (FL—Gaming Regulation)
Sun-Sentinel (June 7, 2016) Either the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature intended to allow slot machines at dog and horse tracks across the state through county referendums, or the law only allows for such machines if the Legislature specifically approves it for a county, or Floridians approve it by constitutional amendment.
PokerStars In California: What's In The Cards For 2016? (CA—Online Poker)
Forbes (June 7, 2016) Numerous bills have been introduced and all have failed to pass in the California Legislature, mainly due to the inability by all interested parties involved to reach some kind of consensus about how such a framework should look.
New York Online Poker Bill Has Better Odds Than Daily Fantasy Sports, Says Important Senator (NY—Online Gaming)
Legal Sports Report (June 7, 2016) That’s a drastically different picture than Assemblymember Gary Pretlow — Bonacic’s counterpart and author of bills in that chamber — painted in April, saying online poker’s odds were 100-to-1 or even a 1,000-to-1 to reach the Assembly floor. At that time, and two weeks ago, Pretlow was extremely optimistic about his DFS bill.
Committee in Albany Reaches Deal to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports (NY—Fantasy Sports)
The New York Times (June 7, 2016) The chairman of the State Senate’s gambling committee said on Tuesday that legislative leaders in Albany had come to an agreement to legalize daily fantasy sports, potentially calming a fractious legal dispute and setting the stage for even wider acceptance of the popular online games.
House Panel To Vote Next Week On Fantasy Sports Regulations (PA—Fantasy Sports)
CBS Local (June 7, 2016) Appearing before the House Gaming Oversight Committee Tuesday morning, Doug Sherman, the Chief Counsel for the Gaming Control Board, outlined the board’s recommendations on how to regulate fantasy sports in Pennsylvania. One key recommendation:
House Panel Sets Hearing On Land-Into-Trust And Consultation Bills (CA—Tribal News)
Indianz (June 7, 2016) The hearing will take place at 11am in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. A witness list hasn't been posted online. The hearing is only the second for the subcommittee in the last two months. So far, the subcom mittee has only held three hearings on that focused on Indian or Alaska Native issues.