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CTBA Political e-Brief Tuesday, June 07, 2016

“I’m not a huge fan of gambling personally, because I do think that it can lead to other ills in society … people gamble anyway … so it’s important for New York state to regulate it.” Carl Heastie, NY Assembly Speaker, in Legal Sports Report.---“This legislation recognizes that millions of New Yorkers play online poker on unregulated and unprotected off-shore poker websites that operate with no oversight, fraud controls, or age restrictions … We applaud the Senate Finance Committee’s vote to create a safe, legal environment for online poker through legislation that will generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue for taxpayers, and create open and fair opportunities for all providers of online poker.” MGM Resorts, in the Online Poker Report

 


Tribe On Martha’s Vineyard Gets Backing Of Justice Department For Casino (CA—Tribal Casino)
Boston Globe (June 6, 2016) The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe has gained the support of the US Justice Department in its decades-long effort to open a casino on Martha’s Vineyard. The Justice Department last week filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the tribe, which is appealing a US District Court decision in November.
Supreme Court Takes Up Gambling This Week (FL—Gaming Regulation)
Florida Politics (June 6, 2016) Thanks to No Casinos, gambling is on the docket this week in the Florida Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the justices will hear oral argument in a case on whether to expand slot machines in the state. Then on Thursday, legal briefs are due in a review of a proposed constitutional amendment limiting gambling.
Legislators May Take A Chance On Daily Fantasy Sports Gambling (NY—Gaming Regulation)
Legal Sports Report (June 6, 2016) Two separate bills to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports and some other forms of gambling are moving through the legislature, but anti-gambling groups say they should be stopped.
Nebraska casino ballot measure is on the road to success (NE—Gaming Regulation)
World Casino Directory (June 6, 2016) A group campaigning to bring non-tribal casino gambling to horseracing tracks in Nebraska has revealed that it is confident it will have collected enough signatures by a July 7 submission deadline.
Nebraska gambling measure likely to qualify for ballot (NE—Gaming Regulation)
Gaming Today (June 6, 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.
NJ Bill Requiring Online Operators to Promote Land Based Partners Makes Progress (NJ—Online Gaming)
Poker Fuse (June 6, 2016) New Jersey online gaming sites would be required to “prominently advertise” the name of its partner Atlantic City casino under a new bill proposed by Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex).
Can Regulated Online Gambling’s Current Momentum Translate To Critical Mass? (NY—Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (June 6, 2016) Beyond the momentum in state legislatures, there also appears to be a united front, and a more centralized message from the supporters and stakeholders for these legalization efforts
The New York Daily Fantasy Sports Bills’ Chances Heading Into Homestretch (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (June 6, 2016) The legislature in New York has 11 days to get legislation done that would formally legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports. Tec hnically, the important number is only seven — the number of days the legislature is actually still in session between now and when it adjourns on June 16.
Fantasy Sports Rules Taking Shape In New York (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Gaming Today (June 6, 2016) New York lawmakers are at work on legislation to regulate daily fantasy sports, which would enable thousands of people to resume playing. Senate and Assembly committees with jurisdiction over gambling have advanced bills that detail proposed registration fees for commercial operators and prohibitions against players under 18 years old.
Take A Peek At The Next Frontier Of Daily Fantasy Sports (US—Fantasy Sports)
NY Daily News (June 6, 2016) While it took almost 30 years for the fantasy sports industry to evolve with the help of the Internet and smartphones and the introduction of daily fantasy sports, the next wave of how we engage with and bet on sports is coming much faster.
DOI Panel Backs BIA In Trust Land Ruling For California Tribe (CA—Tribal News)
Law 360 (June 6, 2016) Interior Board of Indian Appeals has largely upheld a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to acquire trust land for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, ruling an agency official didn't abuse her discretion by declining to condition the acquisition on a requirement that the tribe pay fees and taxes to a local water agency.
House Takes Up Land-Into-Trust Bills For Tribes In Nevada And Arizona (US—Tribal News)
Indianz (June 6, 2016) Two land-into-trust bills are set for passage in the House this week. H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act, and H.R.2009, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act, are on the schedule for Tuesday, June 7, according to the House Majority Leader's calendar. They will be considered under a suspension of the rules, a process typically used for non-controversial legislation.