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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, February 19, 2016

“I was led to believe that the Legislature was not interested in taking action on such compacts, which is relevant to whether (the state) has negotiated in good faith. However, (the state) has not offered any information on the result of the working group referenced in Senator de Leòn's letter.” U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley ordered California state and the Enterprise Rancheria tribe to conclude a compact within 60 days, in Appeal Democrat --- “My tribe agrees that consumer protection should be a primary concern of this industry, because responding to consumer demand in a regulated, compliant, and helpful manner is the essence of consumer protection—and that is what we do. Efforts to impose additional regulations would significantly obstruct access to credit and reduce or eliminate consumer choices for meeting unexpected financial obligations.” Sherry Treppa, chairperson of Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, discussed proposed payday lending regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in The Washington Free Beacon
Tribe Says Regulations Will Harm Its Economic Prospects (DC – Payday Lending)
The Washington Free Beacon (February 18, 2016) A Native American tribe is opposing protectionist regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying the rules would eliminate consumer choice, reduce access to credit, and harm the economic vitality of its businesses.
Judge Sides With Enterprise Rancheria On Casino Compact Suit (CA – State Compacts)
Appeal Democrat (February 18, 2016) The Legislature acted in bad faith when it failed to approve a gaming compact with the Enterprise Rancheria tribe, a federal judge ruled this week.
Opponents Incessant In Legal Drive To Stop Hollywood Casino Jamul (CA – Court Cases)
World Casino News (February 18, 2016) Even after various legal set-backs, an anti-casino activist group is continuing its push in federal court to stop the development of a $360 million Native American casino hotel under the Hollywood brand from going up near San Diego, California.
Casino M8trix Proposed Sale Halted As Partners Clash (CA – Card Rooms)
Contra Costa Times (February 18, 2016) Eric Swallow wants nothing more than to sell the glitzy Casino M8trix -- the multimillion dollar cardroom he built from the ground up -- but his business partners stopped him from selling to a Central Valley casino mogul.
Opinion: Operators That Don’t Want To Launch Online Poker Rooms Still Benefit From Regulation (CA – Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (February 18, 2016) It’s not a big secret that a number of California tribes and card rooms aren’t really keen on the whole online poker thing. Publicly, it’s bad actor clauses and horse racing concessions that are slowing down the process. Privately, a lot of people are wondering if this all a big kabuki dance, and if certain entities just don’t want online poker to pass, no matter how favorable the deal appears to be.
Washington Online Poker Bill Fails To Advance (WA – Online Gaming)
Cards Player (February 18, 2016) Real-money online poker regulation appears off the table in the state of Washington for 2016, as a bill aiming to legalize and regulate the games failed to advance past a Wednesday legislative deadline.
Hoopa Tribe Set To Make Emergency Declaration Due To Crime (CA – Tribal Safety)
Times Standard News (February 18, 2016) The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council is poised to declare a state of emergency Thursday due to an increasing criminal climate on the reservation, including the stabbing death of a Hoopa man last week.
Opinion: Legalize Fantasy Sports Games In California (CA – Fantasy Sports)
San Francisco Chronicle (February 18, 2016) The public eye and the media spotlight have been firmly fixed on the daily fantasy sports industry for days. The scrutiny makes sense. The experience touches on three things Americans — and Californians — love: sports, technology and competition.
West Virginia Senate Oks Bill Saying Daily Fantasy Sports Are Legal (WV – Fantasy Sports)
The Washington Times (February 18, 2016) West Virginia senators have cleared a bill deeming daily fantasy sports legal. The bill addressing businesses like DraftKings and FanDuel passed the Senate on an 18-16 vote Thursday. It moves to the House.
The State Of Indiana May Have Solved The Daily Fantasy Sports Problem (IN – Fantasy Sports)
USA Today (February 18, 2016) You may not have noticed, but the debate over daily fantasy sports — mainly, whether they’re legal or not — has hit kind of crescendo recently.
Bill Would Legalize Fantasy Sports In Arizona (AZ – Fantasy Sports)
The Washington Times (February 18, 2016) A bill that won approval in an Arizona Senate committee would legalize online fantasy sports gambling in the state. An amendment to Senate Bill 1515 would end a prohibition in the state’s current gambling law which affects online fantasy sports leagues.
Colorado Tribes Get More Than $2.5 Million For Affordable Housing (CO – Tribal Community)
The Denver Post (February 18, 2016) About $2.6 million has been granted to develop affordable housing on American Indian land in southwest Colorado as part of an annual national initiative to help low-income tribal families. The Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes were awarded the funds, according to a Tuesday news release from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.