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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, April 15, 2016

“It’s literally millions of dollars, it’s a complete crapshoot and it’s frankly – more importantly – an insult to tribal sovereignty.” Adam Day, Sycuan’s assistant tribal manager and lobbyist, said of Sycuan’s access to water resources, in the Voice of San Diego “NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his belief that federal regulations are needed for a future he believes will include expanded legalized sports betting in the United States.” David Pudum said of the Congressional Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade’s plans to hold a May 11th hearing on daily fantasy sports, in ESPN


Adam Gray’s AB 2863 (Gambling: Internet Poker) Has Been Set For A Hearing In Assembly Governmental Organization Committee On April 27th.
PokerStars, the world’s largest poker site, which has recently faced allegations of insider trading, has formed a coalition along with the California Nations Indian Gaming Association to move the bill forward. The bill seeks to legalize online poker in California and is the second effort to do so in less than six years.
State Bill Would Bolster Sycuan’s Water Supply — And Possibly A New Hotel (CA – Tribal Resources)
Voice of Son Diego (April 14, 2016) About half the Sycuan Indian tribe relies heavily on a single groundwater well for water. The whole tribe now wants access to the same water most San Diegans enjoy – Colorado River water, Northern California water and desalinated Pacific Ocean water.
Congress To Hold Hearing On Fantasy Sports (DC – Fantasy Sports)
The Hill (April 15, 2016) Lawmakers will consider the legal status of the games, which have gained popularity in recent years, as well as other types of online betting. That will include examining the need for consumer protections.
Congressional Subcommittee To Analyze Daily Fantasy (DC – Fantasy Sports)
ESPN (April 14, 2016) A congressional hearing to examine the daily fantasy sports industry will take place next month, an Energy and Commerce senior staffer told ESPN.
Congress To Examine Daily Fantasy Sports Issues In May 11 Committee Hearing (DC – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (April 14, 2016) A senior Democratic Energy and Commerce source has confirmed to Legal Sports Report that the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade is planning a May 11 hearing on daily fantasy sports.
Washington Gambling Commission Reconsiders New 'Skill' Games (WA – Gaming Regulations)
The Bellingham Herald (April 13, 2016) Table games with live dealers are the usual fare at card rooms such as Palace Casino. Bartenders all over the state hand over pull tabs along with a Bud Light. But slot machines? Tribal casinos have a monopoly on those.
Public Input Accepted Until Tuesday On Proposed Brockton Casino (MA – Gaming Regulations)
Cape Cod Times (April 14, 2016) The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is accepting comments through Tuesday on a proposed Mass Gaming & Entertainment casino proposed in Brockton.
Iowa Casinos In Waterloo, Riverside, Larchwood, Fined For Gambling Violations (IA – Gaming Regulations)
Radio Iowa (April 15, 2016) The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved fines for three casinos for gambling violations at their meeting Thursday in Council Bluffs.
Detroit Casino Revenues Up 0.8% To $125M In March (MI – Gaming Revenue)
Online Poker Report (April 14, 2016) Detroit Casino Revenues Up 0.8% to $125MDetroit’s casinos have had an interesting start to 2016, and after year-on-year revenues fell in January (-1.8%), the past two months have seen growth return to the market with business up in February by +1.7%, and now in March by a further +0.8%.
Glass Enhances Casinos' Ability To Attract Gamblers (US – Casino Games)
Glass On Web (April 15, 2016) The intention for gamblers when heading to a casino is to go to a place that is full of fun and excitement. These days, you don’t often have to go far for this experience, as many casinos have sprung up in suburban areas outside of major cities.
Church's Suit Over Cannabis Use Is Burned Out (MD – Court Cases)
Bloomberg (April 13, 2016) When a church uses peyote as its sacrament, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act won't get in the way of prosecuting its members for violating drug laws when they substitute cannabis at religious ceremonies, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held April 6.