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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, February 12, 2016

“There are a lot of egos involved in this issue, both in the legislature and outside, There's also a lot of people who, if they truly wanted to get a bill passed, I think would have a more collaborative attitude toward it ... For whatever reason, people inside the legislature and outside seem to be too focused on their own power politics or egos to come together." California Assemblyman Mike Gatto in Poker News --- “I remain concerned that the CFPB is developing its proposed action in a vacuum without consulting with tribes to learn about the innumerable tools that we have developed to ensure that we conduct business in a manner that is fair, responsible, compliant and benefits our tribal members and the American consumer.” Sherry Treppa, Chairperson of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, in PR Newswire


Native American Tribes To Congress: Respect Our Sovereignty (CA – Tribal Sovereignty)
PR Newswire (February 11, 2016) Appearing today before a House Financial Services Committee hearing examining the treatment of Native Americans by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a key Native American leader urged Congress to once again stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Indian Country to help ensure the CFPB respects the historic government-to-government relationships of federal entities and sovereign tribes with any rule they produce on short-term lending.
Tribal Leader Sherry Treppa Slams CFPD Over Payday Lending Proposal (CA – Tribal Sovereignty)
Law360 (February 11, 2016) A Native American tribal leader assailed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday for its proposed regulation of so-called payday lenders, saying the agency has failed to consult with tribes as it prepares to issue a new federal rule on the industry.
Gustine Chooses New Mascot After Governor Bans Redskins (CA – Tribal Images)
Merced Sun-Star (February 11, 2016) After a new state law banned the Redskins mascot, Gustine High School will return to its roots by changing its nickname to the Reds, becoming the first of four California schools to move forward in complying with the law.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto Gives Online Poker In California Less Than 10 Percent Of A Chance (CA – Internet Poker)
Poker News (February 11, 2016) California Assemblyman Mike Gatto entered the online poker legislative fray full of hope when he introduced his bill in December of 2014. Very little in this world can extinguish hope as decisively as a year dealing with gaming industry stakeholders in California on the issue of Internet poker.
Zynga To Lean On New Social Casino Titles In 2016 To Stem Audience Decline (CA – Online Gaming)
Calvin Ayre (February 10, 2016) Social gaming operator Zynga is doubling down on its social casino franchises after leaning heavily on the titles last year. On Wednesday, Zynga reported its Q4 and FY15 results, which showed Q4 revenue of $186m, down 3% from one year ago.
Untangling Untruths About The Chumash (CA – Tribal Land)
Lompoc Record (February 11, 2016) Whenever an ad hoc meeting takes place between Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, it unfortunately brings out a lot of misinformation from local tribal opponents.
Paskenta Tribe Donates To Fire Station (CA – Tribal Relations)
The Appeal Democrat (February 10, 2016) Tehama County volunteer firefighters at Corning Fire Station 12 will soon have a new fire rescue squad vehicle thanks to a $125,000 grant to CalFire from the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.
California Tribes Seeking Opportunity And Answers On Daily Fantasy Sports (CA – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (February 10, 2016) It behooves American Indian tribes to reach consensus on Internet gambling in the face of rapidly changing market demographics and pending legislation on sports wagering, daily fantasy sports and iPoker, the chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association said Wednesday.
New Gaming Compact Offers Florida Biggest Guaranteed Share Of Any State, Seminoles Say (FL – State Compacts)
Politifact Florida (February 11, 2016) The Seminole Tribe of Florida is trying to convince the Legislature that approving a new gaming compact is a safe bet. As lawmakers consider a plan negotiated between the Seminoles and Gov. Rick Scott, the tribe has started running commercials with the message that the agreement helps the state.
The Lottery Debate Continues In Alabama (AL – State Lotteries)
WLTZ (February 11, 2016) It's the age-old question once again facing the state of Alabama, to have a lottery or not to have a lottery? On Wednesday in Montgomery there was a public hearing held on creating a state lottery.
Steven Jacobs Expands Legal Battle To Federal Court As Sands Renews Call To Kick Judge Off Ex-Macau Chief’s Case (NV – Court Cases)
Calvin Ayre (February 11, 2016) Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Steven Jacobs are still lock in a bitter legal fight, and nobody is giving an inch even after almost six years have passed since Jacobs was dismissed from his post as CEO of Sands China in 2010.