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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.

Indigo Sky Casino To Focus On Property Expansion (OK—Tribal Casinos)
World Casino Directory (June 2, 2016) Oklahoma casino, which offers 1,250 slots and 14 table games alongside off-track betting facilities and bingo, already featured 117 rooms with the seven-story expansion also set to see it add a larger dining room together with improved kitchen facilities.
Casino Measure's Ballot Title Approved (AR—Casino Regulation)
Arkansas Online (June 2, 2016) On Wednesday, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge approved the name and ballot title for an initiated measure that would allow three privately run casinos to open in Boone, Miller and Washington counties.
Four Atlantic City Casinos Could Close If North Jersey Casinos Approved, Fitch Says (NJ—Casino News)
Press of Atlantic City (June 2, 2016) Fitch Ratings on Thursday predicted that up to four of Atlantic City’s eight casinos could close if Las Vegas style gambling comes to northern New Jersey. Even at Golden Nugget, the most profitable of the three, operating profit would be savaged if the city's gross gambling revenue fell 25 percent, Fitch said.
Federal Ruling Puts Alabama-Coushatta Bingo Hall In Jeopardy (AL—Tribal Gaming)
Beau Mont Enterprise (June 2, 2016) Alabama-Coushatta's revived bingo hall could be in jeopardy after a U.S. district judge ruled that federal regulators' letters authorizing a West Texas tribe to gamble on its reservation do not have the force of law.
Electronic Bingo Game Hall Prepares For Grand Opening In Livingston (AL—Tribal Gaming)
12 News Now (June 2, 2016) The sound of winning is back and so are the people at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. The casino-style facility, just an hour away from Beaumont, has over 300 electronic bingo machines.
High Court Declines To Hear Seneca Casino Land Dispute (AL—Tribal Gaming)
Law 360 (June 2, 2016) The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review a petition by a New York citizens’ group seeking to overturn a Second Circuit decision that allowed the Seneca Nation of Indians to operate a casino on a parcel of tribal land in downtown Buffalo.
Regulator: “Shame On Us” If We Approved Illegal Card Games (FL—Gaming Regulation)
Miami CBS Local (June 2, 2016) Even if state regulators signed off on a popular type of card game years ago, that doesn’t make the games legal, a Department of Business and Professional Regulation attorney told an administrative law judge on Wednesday.
New York One Step Closer To Online Poker And MGM Resorts Couldn’t Be Happier (NY—Online Gaming)
Calvinayre (June 2, 2016) On Thursday morning, New York’s state Senate Finance Committee overwhelmingly approved Sen. John Bonacic’s S5302 bill in a lightning-fast affair that mimicked February’s blink-and-you-missed-it approval by the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee.
New York Online Poker Bill Moves To Senate Floor (NY—Online Gaming)
Card Player (June 2, 2016) It’s still drawing slim for this year, but a bill on the table to legalize and regulate online poker in the state of New York has advanced to consideration by the full Senate, after passing out of another committee this week.
Pennsylvania Online Gambling Under Consideration to Shore Budget Woes in Next Legislative Session (PA—Online Gaming)
Casino News (June 2, 2016) In late May, a proposed amendment was added to House Bill 1925 that would have authorized Internet gaming. The amendment was overwhelmingly shot down and thus stripped from the legislative bill that covered how gaming revenues are to be distributed.
Casino Industry In The Way Of Legalized Fantasy Sports Gambling (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Recorder News (June 2, 2016) Determined to legalize fantasy sports betting, New York's Legislature has claimed the power to declare by law that down is up and hot is cold. The state Constitution bans gambling with narrow exemptions. The Penal Law criminalizes wagering on games that demand skill as long as they are subject to a substantial degree of chance.
Daily Fantasy Sports Gambling Advancing Through Legislature (NY—Fantasy Sports)
WRVO (June 2, 2016) Two bills to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports and some other forms of gambling are moving through the state legislature, but anti-gambling groups say they should be stopped.