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CTBA Political e-Brief Thursday, June 09, 2016

“We have made considerable progress in terms of daily fantasy sports legislation and I am very optimistic that we will pass a bill before the session ends,” John Bonacic , NY Assemblyman, in News Day.---“If we’re so bent on expanding gambling, we should do it, but don’t count on the money … Then, at the end of the year, see how much money it generated. That would be the honest way to do it.” Fred Keller, PA Representative, in the Sharon Herald.


Sacramento County Seeks To Fund Mitigating Casino-Related Impacts (CA—Tribal Casino)
The Galt Herald (June 8, 2016) Sacramento County Supervisors on June 8 are scheduled to discuss approving memorandum of understanding and intergovernmental agreements with the Wilton Rancheria should the tribe follow through on plans to build a casino complex.
Chumash Casino Resort Unveils New Statues (CA—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (June 8, 2016) In California, the Santa Ynez Band Of Chumash Mission Indians has unveiled a collection of six bronze statues by nature and wildlife artist Dan Chen at its newly expanded Chumash Casino Resort.
City Of Duluth, Fond Du Lac Band Poised To Settle Years Of Legal Battles (MN—Tribal Dispute)
Duluth News Tribune (June 8, 2016) On Wednesday morning, Mayor Emily Larson and Band Chairman Wally Dupuis announced the makings of a settlement agreement that would provide the city with $150,000 per year as a payment in lieu of taxes on the operations for the Fond-du-Luth Casino, which is located on property that has been designated sovereign land not subject to taxation.
Florida Supreme Court To Decide If Tracks Get Slots (FL—Gaming Regulation)
World Casino Directory (June 8, 2016) Tuesday, the Florida Supreme Court heard opening arguments in the case of Gretna Racing, LLC v. Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which stems from Gretna Racing’s attempts to add slot machines to its track facility in Gadsden County operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
Expansion on gambling back on table (PA—Gambling Regulation)
Sharon Herald (June 8, 2016) Look for lawmakers to again roll the dice on expanded gambling as budget talks intensify during the final month of the fiscal year. Two bills to allow video poker in bars and online gambling fell flat in the House of Representatives in May.
California Online Poker Bill Faces Further Changes (CA—Online Gaming)
Gambling Insider (June 8, 2016) A bill that would legalise online poker in California, which passed by a vote of 18-0 through the California Assembly Governmental Organisation in April, is facing a series of new amendments.
Michigan Senate Committee Approves Online Poker Bill (MI—Online Gaming)
Card Player (June 8, 2016) There is still a ways to go before becoming legal, but Michigan’s consideration of online casinos took a big step forward Wednesday when a Senate committee approved a piece of legislation on the table.
What Happened For Michigan Online Poker (MI—Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (June 8, 2016) The online gambling legislation — SB 889 — was considered by the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee during a hearing. According to the Poker Players Alliance, that committee approved the bill 8-1. That result was not shocking, as a number of co-sponsors of the bill sit on that committee.
Online Gambling Sites In New Jersey May Soon Have To Advertise Their Land Based Casino Partnerships In Atlantic City (NJ—Online Gaming)
New Jersey has made it mandatory for online gambling providers to partner with land based casinos in order to obtain a gaming license in the garden state. State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo who is the chief sponsor of a new gaming bill,
New York State Senator: 'All Of The Gaming Interests' Want Regulated Online Poker (NY—Online Gaming)
Card Player (June 8, 2016) A bill in New York to regulate online poker sites has new life after moving to the Senate floor earlier this month and its leading backer saying this week that it is likely to become law before the Empire State passes DFS legislation.
Daily Fantasy Sports Would Be Legalized Under Tentative Deal  (NY—Fantasy Sports)
News Day (June 8, 2016) State legislators said Wednesday they have a tentative deal to legalize daily fantasy sports in New York, though they would still have to get Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on board. The state would receive an estimated $3.5 million to $5 million by imposing a 15 percent tax on operators’ gross revenue, Bonacic said.
Indian Gaming Industry Report 2016 (US—Gaming Revenue)
Yahoo (June 8, 2016) The Indian Gaming Industry Report provides current, unique, cutting-edge research on Indian gaming appropriate for Native American tribes and any individuals interested in the state of Indian gaming.