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CTBA Political e-Brief Tuesday, June 14, 2016

“I’m not interested in creating a border war with New Jersey, but New York has a vested interest in gaming and we’re not going to allow one of our neighbors to take away from that,” Gary Pretlow, NY Assemblymember, in Poker Fuse.---“When a new frontier of online betting is available at the touch of a screen, we have a responsibility to protect consumers and young people,” Jay Nixon, MO Governor, in Casino.org.


9th Circuit Sides In Favor Of NIGC, Jamul Indian Village (CA—Tribal Casino)
Indian Country Today Media Network (June 13, 2016) A summer debut is on schedule for the Hollywood Casino Jamul on the Jamul Indian Village in California near San Diego, thanks to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling against opponents and in favor of the National Indian Gaming Commission's (NIGC) approval of the tribal gaming ordinance.
Massachusetts Gambling: Daily Fantasy Sports And The Lottery In The State House (MA—Gaming Regulation)
JDSupra (June 13, 2016) All was relatively quiet on the daily fantasy sports (DFS) front in Massachusetts after Attorney General Maura Healy issued regulations for DFS in March. But legislative developments over the past few weeks suggest significant changes may be lurking over the horizon.
New Jersey Vote Could Change Plans In New York (NY—Gaming Regulation)
Poker Fuse (June 13, 2016) If a referendum to allow up to two casinos in North Jersey is approved by voters, it could mean a number of dominoes will fall. Among those consequences could be action from New Jersey’s neighbor, New York.
Online Casino Reports (June 13, 2016) A bill that would legalize online gambling and poker in Michigan made it past the first round of approval last week, with the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee voting in favor of it during a hearing last Wednesday.
GVC Licensed In New Jersey (NJ—Online Gaming)
Casino.org (June 13, 2016)  GVC, the new owner of bwin party, has received licensing approval in New Jersey, which means it would be free to continue its partnership with Borgata to offer online gaming in the state, should both parties choose to do so.
Missouri And Colorado Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports (US—Fantasy Sports)
Casino.org (June 13, 2016) Missouri and Colorado became the latest in a gradually elongating list of states to authorize, regulate and license daily fantasy sports. The state governors of both states signed their respective bills into law on Friday.
Congressional Hearing Tackles Fantasy Football Regulation (US—Fantasy Sports)
Heartland (June 13, 2016) A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee convened a hearing about online gambling laws and daily fantasy sports (DFS) in order to learn more about the laws and consider whether to impose federal regulations on popular DFS services, such as DraftKings and FanDuel.
Supreme Court Turns Down Tribe's Appeal In Tax Fight (US—Court Case)
News 4 Jax (June 13, 2016) In a case that raised questions about tribal sovereignty, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from the Seminole Tribe of Florida in a dispute about paying state utility taxes.
Ninth Circuit Holds National Indian Gaming Commission Not Required To Conduct NEPA Review Before Approving Casino Gaming Ordinance (US—Court Case)
Lexology (June 13, 2016) In Jamul Action Committee v. Chaudhuri, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission) did not violate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it approved the Jamul Indian Village’s gaming ordinance without first conducting any environmental review under NEPA.
Scotus Overturns Ninth Circuit, Upholds Tribal Court Convictions (US—Court Case)
Indian Country Today Media Network (June 13, 2016) In a historic victory for tribal jurisprudence, the United States Supreme Court today ruled that prior uncounseled tribal court convictions used in subsequent criminal cases does not violate the Constitution when the proceedings were in compliance with the Indian Civil Rights Act.
EPA Gives Navajo Nation Grant To Monitor River Quality (Us—Tribal News)
KJZZ (June 13, 2016) The federal government is giving the Navajo Nation $465,000 to monitor water quality in the San Juan River for contamination following a massive mine waste spill last year.
California Online Poker Bill Up For Committee Vote This Week, But With Uncertain Future (Ca—Online Poker)
Us Poker (June 13, 2016) On the agenda for this week? Assemblymember Adam Gray’s AB 2863 is headed for a hearing and vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. More from the Poker Players Alliance here. It’s been more than a month since the Governmental Organization Committee approved the online poker regulation bill, with promises to work on it further.