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CTBA Political e-Brief Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"To do so would put us at a competitive disadvantage," said Kevin A. Dillon, the authority's executive director.---"We are competing with entities that aren't subject to freedom of information statutes." Kevin Dillon, Executive Director, CT Airport Authority, in the Courant.---"It can't get any better than this … I don't know of another corporate sponsor that does as much for the city of Philadelphia."Bob Brady, PA State Representative, in NewsWork.

 



Californians Are Not Potted Plants In Indian Casino Negotiations (CA—Tribal Casinos)
Sacramento Bee (May 9, 2016) California-based Indian tribes have every right to operate casinos on reservations, so long as the governor, the Legislature and, on occasion, the electorate can have their say.
Drought Should Limit Casino (CA—Tribal Casino)
Courthouse News Service (May 9, 2016) A $160 million casino expansion will suck another 12.8 million gallons of water a year illegally from the drought-ravaged Santa Ynez Valley, north of Santa Barbara, a community group claims in court.
MGM Files Complaint Against Airport Authority Over Third Casino Talks (CT—Tribal Casinos)
Courant (May 9, 2016) MGM Resorts International — the developer of a $950 million casino and entertainment complex in Springfield — has opened another front in its battle against being left out of the running to operate a third casino in Connecticut.
Gaming Revenue Rises In April (IN—Tribal Casinos)
Inside Indiana Business (May 9, 2016) The Indiana Gaming Commission says monthly revenue at Indiana casinos increased in April. The state reports adjusted gross revenue was $195 million, up from $187 million during the same month last year.
Ribbon cut on SugarHouse Casino expansion in Philadelphia (PA—Casino Expansion)
NewsWork (May 9, 2016) Philadelphia's only casino has officially opened expanded its gaming halls.  The $164 million project also included adding a parking garage and other amenities. Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino, said she's happy to put her pink workboots and hard hat into storage now that the facility's upgrade is complete.
Graton Casino Expansion; A Safe Bet For Local Community (CA—Casino Expansion)
Sonoma Star (May 9, 2016) Two and a half years after the widely debated opening of Graton Casino (and soon to be resort), it looks as though opponents of the development will have to eat their words. This monumental, $800 million project brought a Las Vegas-style casino to the humble, family-friendly town of Rohnert Park in 2013, amid a decade-long protest from residents.
Voter Control Gambling Amendment Gathering Signatures (FL—Gambling Regulation)
Capitol News Service (May 9, 2016) Gambling regulations in the state, and whether or not casinos and gaming expansion should happen, are yearly battles in the legislature. But as Matt Galka tells us, there’s a push to make sure voters are the ultimate decision makers when it comes to whether or not Florida rolls the dice on more games of chance.
Michigan’s SB 889 And SB 890 Gambling Bills (MI—Gambling Regulation)
CSReport (May 9, 2016) May 4th was the big day everyone had been waiting for in regards to online gambling in Michigan. The Michigan Senate Regulatory Reform Committee discussed two gambling bills that has been submitted by Senator Mike Kowall.
Lindsey Graham Sneaks Online Gambling Ban Into Appropriations Bill (US—Online Gaming)
Blasting News (May 9, 2016) Sen. Lindsey Graham, official senate photo from Wikipedia Sen. Lindsey Graham, official senate photo from Wikipedia Failed presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has inserted into the giant Appropriations Bill in the Senate Appropriations Committee, language that would effectively ban internet-based gambling in all 50 states.
Daily Fantasy Sports Gets Its Day In Washington D.C.  (US—Fantasy Sports)
Forbes (May 9, 2016) Daily fantasy sports will take center stage on Capitol Hill when the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce debates issues and perspectives of the industry on May 11, 2016.
Previewing The Daily Fantasy Sports Hearing In Congress: What To Expect (US—Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (May 9, 2016) That’s the million-dollar question, of course, but it’s not altogether clear we’ll know the answer, even after it’s over. This is an informational hearing. These types of hearings happen in committees all the time, without any concrete action being taken by Congress.
Rebranding Says Goodbye To Bison (ND—Tribal Mascots)
The Spectrum (May 9, 2016) Bison have long been a symbol for North Dakota State, but vital campus entities are shifting away from the mascot. In the last month, Bison Connection and the Bison Card Center have changed their names to NDSU One Stop and the NDSU Card Center, respectively.