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CTBA Political e-Brief Thursday, June 23, 2016

"In poker, you're betting and you're changing the bet by raising. That's gambling. In my legislative finding, I found DFS is not gambling. I can't find that poker is not gambling." Gary Pertlow, NY Assemblymember, in Poker News.---“We have invested mightily… and they have invested mightily in us… meaning the casinos that are throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania … It would simply be a slap in the face to them.” Thaddeus Kirkland, PA Representative, in Philadelphia CBS Local.


Judge Orders Tribe To Produce Records On Glendale Casino (AZ—Tribal Casino)
Fredericksburg (June 22, 2016) A federal judge has ordered a southern Arizona tribe to produce records showing what the tribal council and one of its district councils discussed in 2002 and 2003 about plans to open a Phoenix-area casino.
Trial Date Set In First Light Casino Case (MA—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (June 22, 2016) Although declining to grant a preliminary injunction, a federal judge has set a date to hear a lawsuit filed against a new casino being built in Massachusetts by the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council. US District Court Judge William Young has scheduled a pre-trial conference for the case, Littlefield v Department Of The Interior.
Cowlitz Tribe Honors Tribal Perseverance With Casino Name 'Ilani' (WA—Tribal Casino)
Indian Country Today Media Network (June 22, 2016) The Cowlitz Tribe has branded its forthcoming $510 million casino with a unique name: Ilani, meaning "sing" in the Cowlitz language. The name reflects the tribe's spirit, strength and unity particularly through a turbulent 160-year period of landlessness during which the tribe continuously pressed for its right to federal recognition and a reservation.
Attorney General Ordered To Return Bingo Machines (AL—Gaming Regulation)
Tuscaloosa News (June 22, 2016) The Alabama Attorney General's Office must return more than 800 bingo machines illegally seized by state agents during a 2010 raid at Greenetrack, a judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Houston Brown ruled that the 825 machines were in compliance with the constitutional amendment that legalized electronic bingo in Greene County in 2003.
Wolf Points To Concerns Over Sweeping Gambling Expansion (PA—Gaming Regulation)
WTAE (June 22, 2016) Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is casting doubt on the immediate prospects of a sweeping expansion of legalized casino-style gambling in Pennsylvania to the internet and bars that's under consideration.
House Oks Legalization Of Online Gambling, Daily Fantasy Sports But Not Club, Bar Video Terminals (PA—Gaming Regulation)
Triblive (June 22, 2016) The state House on Wednesday approved legislation to legalize online gambling and daily fantasy sports, after pulling a provision that would have allowed video gambling terminals in bars and clubs that was the target of heavy lobbying by casinos.
Highlights Of Gambling Legislation In The Pennsylvania House (PA—Gaming Regulation)
WTAE (June 22, 2016) The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is considering sweeping legislation to expand legalized casino-style gambling in the state, including to bars, fraternal clubs, airports, online websites and mobile applications.
Fate Of Daily Fantasy Sports, Online Gambling Linked In Pennsylvania As Bill Moves Forward In House (PA—Gaming Regulation)
Online Poker Report (June 22, 2016) In a surprise vote on Wednesday evening, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed an amendment that linked a number of gaming reforms, including the legalization of online gambling, to the state’s daily fantasy sports regulation bill.
NY Assemblyman Pretlow Says Online Poker Bill Didn't Pass Because Not A Game Of Skill (NY—Online Poker)
PokerNews (June 22, 2016) Here is something bound to rile up any poker player. New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow tells PokerNews that the reason why he was able to move his daily fantasy sports bill but not his online poker legislation through the Assembly last week before the end of the legislative session is that DFS is a game of skill.
PA House Approves Internet Gaming Amendment (PA—Online Gaming)
Philadelphia CBS Local (June 22, 2016) The state House has given preliminary approval to legislation that would expand gambling in Pennsylvania, including legalization of Internet gaming… but without a controversial proposal to allow video gaming terminals in taverns.
The Battle For DFS Continues (NV—Fantasy Sports)
Online Casino (June 22, 2016) The Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) was banned by Nevada towards the end of 2015 from providing DFS contests. The decision was based on the fact that the real money games are similar to online gambling; hence, required a permit to continue offering services in the Nevada state.
UN Working Group Urges United States To Restore Tribes’ Full Criminal Jurisdiction Within Their Lands (US—Tribal Sovereignty)
Indian Law (June 22, 2016) In December 2015, the United Nations Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice (Working Group) completed its Mission to the United States.  The Indian Law Resource Center, with support from the National Congress of American Indians,