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CTBA Political e-Brief Thursday, June 16, 2016

“Only a casino can have an open kiosk, where you can go into the casino and they can partner with the different companies and have a kiosk there to play your fantasy sports.” George Dunbar, PA Representative, in Philadelphia CBS Local.---"Let him veto it and then we'll deal with the one-year extender," John Bonacic, NY Senator, Speaks on NYRA legislation in Blood Horse.


Could The Alabama-Coushatta Be Forced To Close Their Just-Opened Casino Again? (AL—Tribal Casino)
Houston Press (June 15, 2016) The Alabama-Coushatta's Naskila Entertainment Center has been up and running since the beginning of June without a word of reproach from the state authorities. However, a recent decision from a federal judge in Texas could open the door to new legal problems for the Alabama-Coushatta, despite the fact that the ruling has nothing directly to do with their tribe.
Tribe Now Favors Elk Grove Over Galt For Casino Complex (CA—Tribal Casino)
Galt Herald News (June 15, 2016) Wilton Rancheria officials that originally preferred building a casino just north of Galt have switched their preference to a proposed site adjacent to a proposed outlet mall in Elk Grove.
Judge Orders Tiguas To Remove Sweepstakes Games (TX—Tribal Gaming)
El Paso Times (June 15, 2016) El Paso’s Tigua Indians have lost the latest round in an epic gambling suit with Texas. However, the tribe’s attorney noted that the ruling appears to leave the Tiguas some options, which it is now assessing.
Pennsylvania House Republicans Are Considering Whether To Revive Legislation To Expand Casino-Style Gambling (PA—Casino Regulation)
Green Field Report (June 15, 2016) Pennsylvania House Republicans are counting votes to see whether there is enough support to revive legislation to expand casino-style gambling to airports, bars, off-track betting parlors and casino-run websites.
New York Online Poker Bill Passes Senate, Assembly Has 24 Hours to Legalize (NY—Online Gaming)
Cards Chat (June 15, 2016) On June 14, the New York State Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of legalizing and regulating online poker. The state’s online poker bill (S5302), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-42), will now be passed to the Assembly, which has until the end of the legislative session on Thursday, June 15 to make it law.
Legislature Legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports (CO—Fantasy Sports)
Law Week Online (June 15, 2016) Colorado is among the first states to set regulations. Colorado is among a group of states responding to criticism of the daily fantasy sports industry with new legislation imposing regulations on fantasy games.
The Uncertain Future Of Fantasy Sports (NY—Fantasy Sports)
CNBC (June 15, 2016) Just two years ago, daily fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings were virtually unheard of. After a huge marketing blitz, they exploded into billion-dollar companies. All that attention not only caused their valuations to skyrocket, but it caught the eye of regulators and lawmakers hoping to protect consumers and share in the profits.
Pennsylvania Moving To Regulate, Tax Online Fantasy Sports (PA—Fantasy Sports)
MCall (June 15, 2016) The House Gaming Oversight Committee on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that would give the state Gaming Board oversight of fantasy sports games offered by multi-state companies such as DraftKings and FanDuel. The bill also would allow in-state casinos to run their own virtual leagues.
Fantasy Sports Bill Clears Pa. House Committee (PA—Fantasy Sports)
CBS Local (June 15, 2016) A state House committee Wednesday morning advanced a bill that would legalize and regulate fantasy sports betting in Pennsylvania. Supporters of the fantasy sports legislation say the aim is to regulate an industry that currently operates without consumer protections.
Lawmakers Defy Cuomo, Pass NYRA Legislation (NY—Horse Racing)
Blood Horse (June 15, 2016) Defying Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York lawmakers June 15 gave final approval to legislation that would return the New York Racing Association to private control after a four-year period in which the organization's board of directors was dominated by appointees of the governor.
OST recognizes legality of growing hemp (SD—Tribal News)
Native Sun News (June 15, 2016) Vic Camp stands barefoot on the cracked bare ground that was a hemp field until that fateful hour more than a decade ago when federal agents swooped in on a crop ready to harvest and wiped it out.
Setback in California: Vote for Online Poker Bill Postponed (CA—Online Poker)
Poker News (June 15, 2016) Online poker legislation in California entered Wednesday'sAssembly Appropriations Committee hearing with one issue left to be resolved. At the end of the hearing, there were many.