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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.


Oklahoma's Iowa Tribe Launches Free-To-Play Online Casino (OK—Online Gaming)
Gaming Intelligence (May 19, 2016) The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has launched a social casino powered by US software development company Universal Entertainment Group (UEG), describing the roll-out as the first step towards real-money online gaming.
Pennsylvania Considers Online Gaming (PA—Online Gaming)
Gaming Today (May 19, 2016) A bill that would legalize and regulate online gambling in Pennsylvania has been approved by the House Gaming Oversight Committee. Various gaming-related taxes and fees have been eyed as possibilities for dealing with a looming $1.6 billion state budget deficit.
Is Online Gambling Legalization Tied To Daily Fantasy Sports In Pennsylvania? (PA—Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (May 19, 2016) Expectations that Pennsylvania could pass an online gambling bill were extremely high at the start of 2016. The bill, HB 649, would legalize online gambling (among other things) through the state’s existing land-based casinos, was all the rage in 2015, and seemed poised for passage in 2016.
East Texas Electronic Bingo Venue Opens On Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Site (WA—Tribal Gaming)
Washington Times (May 19, 2016) The newly revamped facility - which comes 14 years after a previous tribal casino-like venue had to close - offers a restaurant and 365 devices that look, act and sound like slot machines but are actually electronic bingo machines.
Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Clear Illinois Senate (IL—Fantasy Sports)
Washington Times (May 19, 2016) Illinois legislators are making a last-minute push to legalize daily fantasy sports betting The Senate approved the bill on a 32-22 Thursday, giving the House a little over a week to consider it.
Daily fantasy sports contests could be legalized in New York under pending legislation (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Buffalo News (May 19, 2016) The chairmen of the Senate and Assembly wagering committees said they are preparing final legislation that they hope will lead to the legalization of daily fantasy sports contests in New York.
Poll Does Not Give NFL Okay To Commercialize Tribal Mascots (US—Tribal Mascots)
Pro Football Talk (May 19, 2016) Even without more clarify, the percentage of Native American adults offended by the term shouldn’t be ignored, especially since none of the other 31 NFL franchises carry a name that anyone could fairly deem offensive
Hoopa Valley Tribe Plans To File A Lawsuit To Increase Klamath Flows (OR—Tribal News)
Herald and News (May 19, 2016) The tribe announced Wednesday it has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Feds: Law Aimed To Stop Abuse Of Indian Women Has Gaps (US—Tribal News)
KJZZ (May 19, 2016) A U.S. Justice Department official identified significant gaps Wednesday in a federal law aimed at addressing high rates of violence against Native American women, saying the law should be expanded to broaden tribes' authority over certain child abuse cases.
First Nations Given Proper Notice Over Belledune Oil Terminal (US—Tribal News)
CBC (May 19, 2016) The provincial government argued a Calgary-based company took the proper steps in alerting a group of Mi'kmaq First Nations to a proposal for an oil-by-rail project in the northern community of Belledune.
U.S. Bill Proposed To Reform Native American Health Agency (US—Tribal News)
Reuters (May 19, 2016) Two Republican Senators, John Barrasso of Wyoming and John Thune of Wyoming, introduced a bill on Thursday aimed at improving the Indian Health Service, the embattled federal agency that provides healthcare to Native Americans on reservations.
California Online Poker Bill May Go To Assembly Committee June 15 (CA—Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (May 19, 2016) A California online poker bill with a tax rate acceptable to stakeholders and license suitability language to appease rival American Indian coalitions could go before a June 15 Assembly Appropriations Committee.