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CTBA Political e-Brief Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"There’s too much at stake to act hastily and without the necessary due diligence to ensure that a bad actor is not given free rein in New Jersey and that all players seeking the privilege to do business in this state understand that dubious business dealings will not be tolerated.” Ralph Caputo, NJ Assemblyman, in New Jersey Gambling Sites.---"Creating a safe, regulated option for online poker players in New York would generate millions in new tax revenue that could be used for education and other critical investments," John McManus, MGM General Counsel, in Syracuse.


Twin River Gearing Up For Tiverton Casino Campaign (RI—Tribal Casino)
Herald News (June 14, 2016) By next week, Rhode Islanders can expect to see a campaign to persuade voters to support construction of a $75-million casino within a stone's throw of the Massachusetts state line.
Fight For Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act Continues (US—TLSA)
World Casino Directory (June 14, 2016) Several members of the US Senate are supporting an amendment that would see the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act included as part of an upcoming must-pass defense measure.
NJ Gambling Sites Would Have To Promote Land-Based Casinos Under New Bill (NJ—Online Gaming)
New Jersey Gambling Sites (June 14, 2016) This past week, the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee approved AB 2811, which would require online gambling sites operating in New Jersey to “prominently advertise the name of its Atlantic City casino on its Internet gaming websites and advertisements”.
Senate Votes To Legalize Online Poker Gambling In New York (NY—Online Gaming)
Syracuse (June 14, 2016) The New York State Senate voted Tuesday for the first time to legalize gambling on online poker in the state, a historic expansion of gambling. The Senate passed the bill 53 to 5 at 7:30 p.m. to allow the state's 11 racetrack casinos to apply for 11 licenses to hold online poker games.
Daily Fantasy Sports Now Permitted In Missouri (MO—Fantasy Sports)
Lexology (June 14, 2016) Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill (HB 1941) into law exempting daily fantasy sports (DFS) from state gambling regulations and placing them under state gaming regulations. The new law gives the Missouri Gaming Commission oversight over DFS operators.
N.J. Moves On Daily Fantasy, Maybe Toward Sports Betting (NJ—Fantasy Sports)
Press of Atlantic City (June 14, 2016) The state is moving toward making daily fantasy sports games legal and regulated, which could put New Jersey on the ground floor of this emerging multibillion-dollar industry.
Complaint Charges Unregistered Lobbying For Daily Fantasy Sports (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Times Union (June 14, 2016) The New York Gaming Association, which advocates for the interests of the state’s nine racinos, on Monday filed a complaint alleging that several entities pushing for the legalization of daily fantasy sports betting have improperly failed to register as lobbying entities.
MI Legislation Offers Some Hope For Racing (MI—Horse Racing)
Blood Horse (June 14, 2016) Michigan lawmakers have passed legislation designed to improve the condition of the struggling pari-mutuel horseracing industry. The legislation, which was sent to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature, creates a nine-member Horse Racing Advisory Commission that would fall under the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Utah, Counties Reached Jurisdictional Deals With Utes (UT—Tribal News)
Salt Lake Tribune (June 14, 2016) The Ute Indian Tribe has reached a series of agreements with the state and two counties that the tribe said Tuesday were "a substantial step" toward resolving a 40-year-old federal lawsuit over law and regulatory jurisdictional issues.
U.S. Supreme Court To Seminole Tribe: Pay Your Utility Tax (US—Tribal News)
Florida Politics (June 14, 2016) The U.S. Supreme Court has effectively decided the Seminole Tribe of Florida has to pay its utility tax — just like everybody else. The court on Monday, without comment, decided not to consider an appeal of a case in which the tribe contested having to pay tax on its electric and other utility bills. That let stand an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against the tribe.
Supreme Court Decision Hailed As A Victory For Tribal Sovereignty (US—Tribal News)
Indianz (June 14, 2016) By an 8-0 vote, the justices on Monday upheld the use of tribal court convictions in the federal system. The decision in US v. Bryant means that offenders who repeatedly abuse Native women will continue to face consequences for the actions.
Consensus Might Not Be Necessary To Pass An Online Poker Bill In California (CA—Online Poker)
Online Poker Report (June 14, 2016) To use the terminology of Rincon councilman and California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) Chairman Steve Stallings, a “fully cooked” online poker bill will be presented to the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.