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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, May 2, 2016

"Legislators regularly decry the lack of funding for poverty programs. Republicans espouse free-market economics. But there are exceptions. They’re perfectly willing to toss aside principles to vote to subsidize an already well-connected industry that includes wealthy horse owners. The industry understands the power of lobbying, the color of money and what it takes for a bill to become law. Consumer protection has nothing to do with it." - Sacramento Bee


Legislators, Casino Interests Smell Money With Online Gambling Bill (CA—Online Gambling)
SacBee (April 28, 2016) Once again, insiders are smelling money and are all-in to pass a bill they cynically call the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2016. By a 19-0 vote, Democrats and Republicans on the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee approved AB 2863 by the committee chairman, Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced.
North Fork Casino Near Madera Under Fire In Federal Bill (CA—Tribal Dispute)
Fresno Bee (April 29, 2016) A bill introduced in Congress this week and backed by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians will attempt to stop the North Fork Mono Indians from building a casino on property the tribe has in federal trust near Madera.
Schools Seek Path Forward On Native American Names, Symbols (CO—Tribal Mascots)
Summit Daily (April 29, 2016) Everybody wants to be a Cheyenne Mountain Indian, says student and tennis player Grace Cossin. As she points out, the 1,255-pupil school, on the west side of town in Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, has a longtime reputation for being academically solid and athletically fierce, reported the Gazette.
Mohegan Sun Connecticut To Add New Hotel Tower (CT—Casino Expansion)
World Casino Directory (April 1, 2016) In an effort to have more hotel guest space for Connecticut visitors, the Mohegan Tribe began a project in 2015 to add a new hotel tower to the Mohegan Sun. Titled the Earth Tower, the project is now moving forward, to have 13 stories and 400 guest rooms.
Tribes Say Their Business Is Prohibited By City Of Pocatello (ID—Tribal Business)
Local News 8 (May 1, 2016) While Mayor Blad was hosting the Unity Rally Saturday at Idaho State University, he was also able to shed some light on a recent incident with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. In a press release from the Tribes, they say they have been discriminated against due to a contract provisions with the City of Pocatello.
Illinois Lawmakers Pushing Bill To Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports (IL—Fantasy Sports)
NW Herald (May 1, 2016) On the heels of two states legalizing and regulating daily fantasy sports, Illinois lawmakers are hoping to do the same.Indiana and Virginia both signed bills into law last month that limit on how much participants can wager, require players to be 18 or older, bar employees from competing in company contests and require annual audits. The legislation will take effect July 1.
State Legal Bills Mount In Seminole Gambling Dispute (FL—Tribal Gambling)
Highlands Today (May 1, 2016) Florida has paid more than $260,000 to private law firms in gambling lawsuits involving the Seminole Tribe of Florida, with the likelihood of hundreds of thousands of dollars more on the horizon.
Last-Ditch Gaming Proposal Falls Flat (KS—Tribal Gaming)
GC Telegram (May 1, 2016) Activity to close out the 2016 legislative session took an unexpected turn Saturday when a negotiator unleashed the idea of making a fresh run at modifying Kansas gaming law to make it easier to rebuild the horse and dog racing industry.
Casino Dreams Become Reality For Mashpee Wampanoag (MA—Tribal Casino)
Cape Cod Times (May 1, 2016) The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stands alone in Southeastern Massachusetts. It wasn’t easy. The journey was a roller coaster ride with twists and turns and heart-stopping plunges. There were times when things looked bleak.
Cowlitz Plan To Cash In For The Tribe, Community (OK—Tribal Casino)
Columbian (May 1, 2016) The Mohegan Tribe, which is managing and helping finance the Cowlitz casino, offers a case in point. About 2.9 percent of the workers at its huge Connecticut casino are Native American; only 0.2 percent of the workforce is American Indian at the tribe’s casino in more rural eastern Pennsylvania. Nationally, Native Americans make up about 1.2 percent of the U.S. population.
On Legalizing Fantasy Sports Gambling (TN—Fantasy Sports )
Knoxblog (May 1, 2016) Without fanfare, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill pushed by online giants DraftKings and FanDuel allowing the companies and approximately 1 million Tennessee players who are already participating to do so legally, reports the Times-Free Press. The legislation will create an exemption from state anti-gambling provisions.
US Online Poker In April: Michigan; California (Back) In Running (US—Online Poker)
Poker Update (May 1, 2016) There was much excitement in the first three months of 2016 about the progress of online poker legislation in the United States. Several states were showing progress, and it looked as if another state might finally join New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware in the little American online poker industry.