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CTBA Political e-Brief Monday, June 20, 2016

"It's a good thing (Fantasy Sports Legislation) for New Yorkers because there are more than three and half million participants, most of them millennials," Gary Pertlow, NY Assemblymember, in KFGO.---"That was some of the heaviest, hardest lobbying I've seen in my time in Albany … I'm thrilled. I think we did the right thing for the millions of fans, for the state of New York, for education. All the way around, I think we did the right thing." Dan Murray, NU Assemblymember, in ESPN GO.


California Online Poker Bill Committee Vote Delayed Amid Negotiations (CA—Online Poker)
Flush Draw (June 20, 2016) The fate of California’s latest attempt to officially authorize and regulate intrastate online poker remains unclear following this week’s postponement of a scheduled Assembly Appropriations Committee vote on Rep. Adam Gray’s AB 2863 measure.
Tribal Casino Court Battle Going Strong (AZ—Tribal Casino)
Tri Valley Central (June 18, 2016) Gov. Doug Ducey wants a federal judge to block — or at least narrow — efforts by lawyers for the Tohono O’odham Nation to question his staffers in the legal fight over the Glendale casino.
Governor Says Tribe Can Build Off-Reservation Casino Near Fairchild Air Force Base (WA—Tribal Casino)
Stripes (June 17, 2016) The Spokane Tribe of Indians hailed a decision by Gov. Jay Inslee that the tribe can proceed with a big casino project near Fairchild Air Force Base despite massive opposition from civic leaders in the region. Leaders of the impoverished tribe said the $400 million project, first proposed a decade ago, will help lift members out of poverty.
Washington State Oks Spokane Tribe’s Casino (WA—Tribal Casino)
Register Guard (June 18, 2016) The Spokane Tribe of Indians hailed a decision by Gov. Jay Inslee that the tribe can proceed with a big casino project near Fairchild Air Force Base despite massive opposition from civic leaders in the region.
Revenue Stalls But Online Poker In New Jersey Still On A High (NJ—Online Poker)
Cards Chat (June 18, 2016) Online poker in New Jersey hit a slight downswing in May but the state’s year-on-year performance remains strong. According to the official figures released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, May’s online poker revenue hit $2,570,853. Compared to April’s $2,587,845, that total represents a drop of 0.7 percent.
New York Lawmakers Vote To Legalize Fantasy Sports Games (NY—Fantasy Sports)
KFGO (June 18, 2016) Fantasy sports moved a step closer to being legal in New York on Saturday when lawmakers approved the daily and season-long games, clearing a path for FanDuel, DraftKings and others to offer them to millions of players in the state.
New York Senate Approves Fantasy Sports, Bill Goes To Governor's Desk (NY—Fantasy Sports)
ESPN GO (June 18, 2016) The future of fantasy sports in New York is in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's hands. In the final hours of the last day of the legislative session, just after 2 a.m.Saturday, the New York Senate passed a bill, clarifying the legality of fantasy sports and declaring that the games do not constitute gambling under state law.
New York State Lawmakers Vote To Legalize Fantasy Sports (NY—Fantasy Sports)
NY Times (June 18, 2016) Months after being halted by the New York attorney general, daily fantasy sports won a major victory early Saturday as state lawmakers moved to legalize the online games. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, has not yet indicated that he will sign the bill, but the final legislation included proposed modifications from his staff, suggesting at least some degree of support.
New York Delivers Daily Fantasy Sports Much Needed Reprieve (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Forbes (June 18, 2016) The fate of daily fantasy sports in New York was on trial (and to a lesser extent still is*) until very early in the morning, when the New York Senate passed legislation that will expressly allow for games like FanDuel and DraftKings to be played in the state.
Legal Battle Over DFS In New York Not Necessarily Over (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Sports Illustrated (June 20, 2016) Cuomo signing the DFS bill into law would not necessarily resolve the state of DFS law in New York. A lingering concern for DraftKings and FanDuel would be if a consumer or business challenged the new DFS law in court on grounds that it violates other New York laws.
San Juan Capistrano's Juaneños See Victory In Park Decision (CA—Tribal News)
LA Times (June 17, 2016) As time went by, the plight of the American Indian worsened and the estimated 10 million people who had been living in North America years before the Americas were discovered were left with small reservations.
Strengthening Tribal Independence Through Energy Development (US—Tribal News)
Indian Country (June 17, 2016) For many tribes, natural resource development is an attractive vehicle for creating jobs, diversifying revenue sources, and generating funds for education, infrastructure, and other services. Energy operations could add billions in revenues to tribes over time, helping provide a path forward for Nations while enhancing self-determination and control.