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CTBA Political e-Brief Monday, June 13, 2016

“When a new frontier of online betting is available at the touch of a screen, we have a responsibility to protect consumers and young people … I appreciate the General Assembly for answering my call to bring forward common-sense consumer protection to make sure fantasy sports gaming in Missouri is operated responsibly and with accountability.” Jay Nixon, MO Governor, in Ky3.com.---“The district court erred in concluding that the Tribe exercised insufficient governmental power over the settlement lands to meet the standard of “Indian lands” Department of Justice, sides with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head’s in World Casino Directory.


DOJ Sides With Martha’s Vineyard Tribe, Files Brief With Appeals Court (CA—Tribal Dispute)
World Casino Directory (June 12, 2016) While stopping short of becoming a party to the suit, the United States Department of Justice has filed a brief in support of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head’s efforts to have the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit overturn a November 2015 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV,
Plans For $400M Casino Move Forward In Elk Grove (CA—Tribal Casino)
KCRA (June 12, 2016) The Wilton Rancheria tribe announced Thursday it is buying 36 acres of land off of Highway 99 and Grant Line Road after previous plans to break ground in neighboring Galt fell through due to environmental concerns and pushback from the agricultural community.
MGM Files Second Right-To-Know Complaint Against Connecticut Airport Authority (CT—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (June 10, 2016) The focus of a hearing today in Hartford that will be heard by the Freedom of Information Committee is MGM Resort International ‘s second complaint regarding the Connecticut Airport Authority’s (CAA) use of executive sessions.
Foxwoods Casino Coming to Biloxi, Mississippi, Announces Mashantucket Pequot Operator (MS—Tribal Casino)
Casino.org (June 10, 2016) Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Rodney Butler said this week that the proposed $265 million casino resort, also to be called Foxwoods, will host a 50,000-square-foot casino, a 500-room hotel, and 71,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space.
Pari-Mutuels Try To Block Gambling Initiative (FL—Gaming Regulation)
Miami CBS Local (June 12, 2016) Pari-mutuel facilities have asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to make it harder to expand gambling in the state. Six pari-mutuel operators filed a brief Thursday which claimed the wording of the proposed amendment, known as “Voter Control of Gambling in Florida,” does not meet legal requirements to go on the 2018 ballot.
Nebraska Gambling Measure Likely To Qualify For The Ballot (NE—Gaming Regulation)
Journal Star (June 12, 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.
Michigan Online Poker Bill Moves To Senate Floor (MI—Online Gaming)
YogoNet (June 10, 2016) The next step is the bill to receive a Senate approval. For the time being, there is no information about an online casino bill, awaiting approval at the Michigan House. If approved, bill SB 889 would legalize only poker games via the Internet.
Governor Nixon Signs Law To Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports Games (MO—Fantasy Sports)
Ky3 (June 10, 2016) Missouri is one of the latest states to enact legislation to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports games. Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday signed a law that gives the state Gaming Commission oversight of the practice and require licensing fees. It takes effect in August.
Missouri, Colorado Governors Signs Daily Fantasy Sports Bills Into Law (US—Fantasy Sports)
Card Player (June 10, 2016) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday signed the Missouri Fantasy Sports Consumer Protection Act, which establishes regulation on DFS. Also on Friday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper enacted his state’s DFS bill. Both moved relatively quickly through their respective legislatures.
Attorney General Lynch Meets With Native Leaders (US—Tribal News)
Juneau Empire (June 12, 2016) U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday she is directing her office to develop a series of consultations with Alaska Native leaders to focus on improving public safety in rural communities of the vast state.
Congress Should Pass The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (US—Tribal News)
Indian Country Today Media Network (June 11, 2016) Recognizing that State, local and federal government employers could be paralyzed by labor strikes, Congress wisely and appropriately specifically excluded these governments from the definition of “employer” in the statute and thereby from the requirements the Act imposed on private sector employers.
California Online Poker Bill Amendments Seek To Define “Bad Actors” Once And For All (CA—Online Gaming)
Cards Chat (June 10, 2016) New proposed amendments to California Assemblyman Adam Gray’s online poker bill seek to address that perennial hindrance on the state’s path to regulation, bad actors, and the question of who really deserves a piece of the California online poker pie.