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CTBA Political e-Brief Friday, June 24, 2016

“We had hoped that the DEFAC report would produce some reasonable amount of revenue increase to the state so that we’d have a reasonably good shot at making meaningful progress, and that’s the phrase I always use … meaningful progress on the casino issue. One of the things I’ve never been interested in was another Band-Aid,” Brian Bushweller, DE Senator, in Delaware State News.---“I want to see things get done. This is a way to get revenue for Pennsylvania without raising income or sales taxes. We have the intent to put this revenue toward our pension deficit, and that’s a good thing. It would give casinos additional tools to stay competitive with surrounding states, and that’s a good thing.” John Payne, PA Representative, in Casino.


California Tribe Takes Next Step Towards Off-Reservation Casino (CA—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (June 23, 2016) In California, the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians has agreed on an updated deal with local officials concerning its proposed $160 million off-reservation Barstow Casino And Resort.
Group Trying To Put Casino Legalization On State Ballot Announces Deal With Cherokee Nation (AK—Tribal Casino)
Arkansas Online (June 23, 2016) A group hoping to put a casino legalization measure on the Arkansas ballot this fall says it has signed an agreement with Cherokee Nation Entertainment to operate one of the casinos.
Cherokee Casino Operations Could Expand Into Arkansas (AK—Tribal Casino)
Tulsa World (June 23, 2016) If an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution passes, the Cherokee Nation says it plans to operate a casino in Washington County, Arkansas — home to Fayetteville — and achieve its long-held ambition of expanding outside of Oklahoma.
Tohono O’Odham Nation Ordered To Hand Over Records On Glendale Casino (AZ—Tribal News)
Casino News Daily (June 23, 2016) The Tohono O’Odham Nation, a Southern Arizona-based tribe, has been ordered by a federal judge to disclose information regarding discussions over a Phoenix area casino that took place in the period between 2002 and 2003.
South Bend Casino Project Moves Forward (IN—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (June 23, 2016) A casino for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indian tribe is closer to fruition after the Bureau of Indian Affairs has released a final environmental impact statement for a proposed venue in South Bend.
Federal Judge Sides With State In Casino Expansion Lawsuit (US—Tribal Casino)
Courant (June 23, 2016) A federal court judge sided Thursday with the state in a suit over the expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut, dismissing a complaint that a law excludes all but the operators of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun from opening a third casino.
No Luck For Delaware Casinos (DE—Casino Regulation)
Delaware State News (June 23, 2016) For the second year in a row, relief has not been in the cards for Delaware’s three casinos. Although this legislative session does not end until Thursday, there will be no measures from the General Assembly to provide financial assistance to the casinos.
Pennsylvania Online Poker Combined With DFS (PA—Online Gaming)
Casino (June 23, 2016) Pennsylvania’s bid to regulate online gambling will be attached to the state’s DFS regulation, a fact that poker players are hoping might be enough to carry it over the line. Equally important, the newly combined gambling reforms have avoided the addition of a controversial proposal to expand video gaming terminals (VGT) into bars and restaurants.
Online Gaming Awaits Verdict (PA—Online Gaming)
Trib Live (June 23, 2016) Pennsylvanians soon might not have to leave their couches to play a game of poker or blackjack. Legislation that would legalize and regulate Internet gaming, or iGaming, is sitting in the state House awaiting a final vote and negotiations on the budget.
Fantasy Sports Again A Reality In Nevada (NV—Fantasy Sports)
Review Journal (June 23, 2016) If Roger Goodell got his wish, he would be the face of fantasy football. The NFL commissioner would promote the contests as a fun form of family entertainment, and a significant share of the profits would go into his league’s deep pockets.
Tribe Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling On Sovereignty (US—Tribal News)
Battle Creek Enquirer (June 23, 2016) A tie among U.S. Supreme Court justices that will allow a lawsuit to continue in tribal court upholds the rights of Native Americans to govern their own countries, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Tribal Council Chairman Jamie Stuck said Thursday.
Supreme Court Deadlocks In Closely-Watched Tribal Jurisdiction Case (US—Tribal News)
Indianz (June 23, 2016) The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday failed to come to a majority in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a closely-watched tribal jurisdiction case. "The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court," the anti-climactic ruling stated.