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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, March 18, 2016

"There is not a single individual from the county, nor in the public, that would make me come to any kind of personal decision. My personal decisions I make on my own with input from my family. I guess the message that needs to be relayed is that regardless of who the tribal chairman is, I’m confident that they will continue to speak on behalf of the tribe.” Vincent Armenta resigned from his post as Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Chairman on Thursday to pursue culinary arts degree --- “The bill had a lot of ornaments added to it, and the tree eventually gets too many ornaments and it falls over.” Florida Sen. Rob Bradley, one of the Seminole compact’s sponsors, said when asked why he asked the budget committee to take a pass on the measure in Naples Herald --- “The reality of it was the tree was going to be significantly lightened, and leadership knew that. The Senate president, exercising his privilege as a caucus of one, decided to shut things down. That is the unequivocal truth.” Marc Dunbar, a partner with the Jones Walker law firm and a lobbyist who represents the Stronach Group, which owns Gulfstream Park Racing in Broward County, told The News Service of Florida
Chumash Tribal Chairman Armenta Resigns (CA – Tribal Leadership)
Lompoc Record (March 17, 2016) Vincent Armenta resigned from his post as tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians on Thursday to pursue a culinary arts degree.
Amador County Loses Challenge To Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians (CA – Court Cases)
Law360 (March 17, 2016) A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday tossed a California county’s challenge to a U.S. Department of the Interior decision to back a proposed tribal casino, saying that a 1987 settlement between the county and tribe blocked the county from attacking the project.
Lighting up the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino (CA – Tribal Gaming)
The Press Enterprise (March 17, 2016) In a bid to attract more interstate travelers, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this week unveiled a new sign along the 10 freeway in Indio. The sign is 88 feet tall and 33.5 feet wide. It was built with 10.32mm-pixel pitch LED screens facing motorists coming from either direction along the 10.
Yurok Tribe Chairman Dunlap Resigns After Discovery Of His ‘Personal History’ (CA – Tribal Leadership)
Times Standard (March 15, 2015) The sudden resignation of Yurok Tribal Chairman James Dunlap today due to the tribe’s discovery of Dunlap’s “personal history” through a background investigation has led to inquiry and speculation on social media about Dunlap’s background.
Quapaw Chairman Berrey Receives Prestigious NIGA Award (AZ – Gaming Association)
The Miami News Record (March 18, 2016) Quapaw Tribe Chairman John Berrey received the National Indian Gaming Association’s Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award Tuesdaynight. Berrey was honored along with Chairman Jose “Moke” Simon III of Middleton Rancheria, California, during a banquet that was part of the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Ortiz Gaming Previews Major Launch For VIP’s During NIGA 2016 (AZ – Gaming Association)
Yogonet International (March 17, 2016) During the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention 2016, Ortiz Gaming representatives met with casino operators to provide a personalized sneak peek of an upcoming mega launch.
30th Anniversary Of The Leading Economic Development Event In Indian Country To Take Place At The Mirage (NV – Gaming Conferences)
Pechanga.net (March 17, 2016) The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) will host its National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) from March 21-24 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.
What's Next For Gambling In Florida: Courts Call The Shots (FL – Court Cases)
Tampa Bay Times (March 17, 2016) When legislators finished their annual session last week without a gaming bill or a compact with the Seminole Tribe, they raised the stakes on the future of casinos in Florida, and it's precisely where gaming opponents want it.
Behind-The-Scenes Push For Gambling Deal Fell Short (FL – State Compacts)
Naples Herald (March 17, 2016) With time running out in the legislative session and a gambling deal all but dead in the Senate, industry lobbyists and the Seminole Tribe scrambled to put together a new deal that included major concessions from the tribe regarding slot machines.
Gaming Commission Questions Mashpee Tribe On Strength Of Land In Trust Decision (MA – Tribal Land)
The Enterprise (March 16, 2016) The Massachusetts Gaming Commission delved deep into the logic of whether the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's land in trust designation in Taunton will withstand a legal challenge, which is a crucial consideration as the state decides whether to award a license to the company behind a proposed $677 million casino development in Brockton.
Legislative Committee Rejects Gaming-Study Bill (CT – Tribal Gaming)
The Day (March 17, 2016) A legislative committee has defeated a bill calling for a study of the costs and benefits of commercial gaming in the state, a measure opponents had feared could delay the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes’ pursuit of a Hartford-area casino to compete against a resort casino being built in Springfield, Mass.
Bill That Would Regulate Fantasy Sports Websites Makes Way Through Legislature (TN – Fantasy Sports)
ABC 6 (March 18, 2016) A bill that would regulate fantasy sports websites is making its way through the Tennessee legislature. The bill is sponsored by Republican State Senator Jack Johnson of Franklin.
NBA Commissioner Wants DFS Legalized, Regulated (US – Fantasy Sports)
Flush Draw (March 17, 2016) National Basketball League (NBA) Commissioner Adam Silver has been the only head of any of the major professional sports leagues in the United States to openly advocate for legalized sports betting. “To me, I believe it’s a game of skill, but I think it’s pointless to debate it. It’s daily fantasy. I think the decision should be for those state legislatures: do you want to legalize it?”
MGM Resorts Reorganization Moves Get Initial OK From Gaming Regulators (NV – Casino Business)
Vegas Inc (March 17, 2016) Nevada gaming regulators today gave MGM Resorts International initial approval for some reorganization moves associated with its plan to create a new company that will own a major chunk of its real estate.
Caesars CEO Gets Licensed By Nevada Gaming Commission (NV – Gaming Commission)
Vegas Inc (March 17, 2016) Caesars Entertainment Corp. CEO Mark Frissora was granted a license from state gaming regulators today after responding to concerns about his record at his last job and the bankruptcy of Caesars’ main operating division.