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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, February 18, 2016

“We either craft the future of gaming here, amongst the elected officials, or we leave it to the arguments ... that courts will consider and litigation will work out.” Florida State Senator Rob Bradley R-Fleming Island, chair of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, which approved Seminole’s compact with Florida on a 8-4 vote, in Sun Sentinel --- “As we've seen in other states, there are judges, attorney generals, and governors that are weighing in – and instead of having one person unilaterally decide for an entire state, for millions of people who are enjoying themselves with daily fantasy sports. I think it's great that in Indiana, [the legislature is] taking the step where there's going to be 150 of us make that decision.” Indiana Rep. Alan Morrision (R - Terre Haute) on regulating the daily fantasy sports industry, in WNDU 16


Karuk Tribe Pledges Officers, Cruisers To Yreka Police (CA – Tribal Relations)
KTVL News 10 (February 16, 2016) The Karuk Tribe has pledge to fund one new police officer and a new police cruiser every four years, in light of discussion to eliminate the Yreka Police Department. The tribe says they will provide the funding to help build police capacity as construction on a gaming facility will begin later this year.
Calaveras High School Mascot Change Coming (CA – Tribal Images)
RecordNet.com (February 16, 2016) The process of selecting a new mascot to represent Calaveras High School is moving along, as another California high school has announced its decision to distance itself from the term “Redskins.”
Rep. John Katko To NFL: Washington Redskins Name Is 'Hateful, Hurtful Slur' (NY – Tribal Images)
Syracuse.com (February 16, 2016) U.S. Rep. John Katko wants the NFL to force Washington's football team to stop using the Redskins name because it "represents a hateful, hurtful, slur from a bygone era."
Potential Wilton Rancheria Casino Could Affect City’s Economic Development Efforts (CA – Casino Proposals)
The Galt Herald Online (February 17, 2016) Potential projects located just outside of Galt’s city limits could affect what the city does within its borders in terms of economic development.
Tribal Staff: Proposed Galt Casino Would Provide Multiple Benefits (CA – Casino Proposals)
The Galt Herald News (February 17, 2016) Galt High School graduate Melissa Leal said she hopes that revenue from a casino built in Galt, Wilton or Elk Grove would provide Wilton Rancheria tribal children with scholarships to attend college.
Poarch Creek Indians Offered To Give Up Blackjack For Their Own Gambling Compact (AL – State Compacts)
Florida Politics (February 17, 2016) The Alabama-based Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which approached Gov. Rick Scott in 2014 for a deal to offer gambling in Florida, essentially offered not to press for a Las Vegas-style casino with blackjack near Pensacola if the state wouldn’t fight their efforts to just open a poker-style cardroom.
Committee Approves Seminole Compact, New Gambling Regs (FL – State Compacts)
The Tampa Tribune (February 17, 2016) The only way Gov. Rick Scott will see his $3 billion gaming compact approved is if the Legislature passes sweeping changes in gaming regulations for horse and dog tracks that have card tables and slot machines.
Florida Senate Panel Expands Gambling In State (FL – State Compacts)
Sun Sentinel (February 17, 2016) The Seminole gambling deal moved ahead in the Florida Senate on Wednesday – but in a considerably different form than the original agreement. And those changes could throw a wrench in the Legislature's ability to approve a gambling contract this session.
Indiana House Committee Debates Fantasy Sports Bill (IN – Fantasy Sports)
WNDU 16 (February 17, 2016) Lawmakers discussed whether the minimum age for players should be 18 or 21, and whether fantasy sports should count as a game of skill or a game of chance that should be regulated as gambling. Committee members were told to be prepared to vote on an amended measure next Wednesday.
80% of Super Bowl Viewers Say: Change Sports Betting Law (DC – Fantasy Sports)
American Gaming Association (February 3, 2016) Just days before Super Bowl 50, new research released today by the American Gaming Association (AGA) finds that 80 percent of Super Bowl viewers want to change current sports betting law, and two-thirds (66%) believe states should decide whether or not to legalize sports betting.
A South Dakota Indian Tribe Hoping For Changes In The States Marijuana Law Got Bad News On Tuesday (SD – Tribal Enterprise)
Siouxland Matters (February 15, 2016) A South Dakota Indian Tribe could be ready to renew its bid to open a marijuana growing facility after a measure in the state legislature failed to get support on Tuesday. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe torched its pot crop last year after fears of state or federal prosecution developed.