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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, February 4, 2016

“Tribal leaders have been pursuing the Twin Cities Road land for years, but part of the federally required environmental process includes looking at alternative sites. The tribe’s first preferred alternative site is near its rancheria on Wilton Road by the Cosumnes River. That site is outside of Sacramento County’s urban services boundary, meaning it's not served by county water, sewer or drainage services. The next alternative site outlined in the draft environmental study is Elk Grove's unfinished mall at the northwest corner of Highway 99 and Kammerer Road.” Sacramento Business Journal on the proposed Wilton Rancheria Miwok casino project land sites --- “We have had discussions with the Wilton Rancheria Tribal Council regarding a possible sale of the northern parcel. Should an agreement be reached, the Wilton Rancheria Tribe and The Howard Hughes Corporation will work to deliver two unique development projects side-by-side that will generate jobs, provide revenue to the City of Elk Grove and create a premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination for people in the region to enjoy.” A statement from the Howard Hughes Corporation on the Wilton Rancheria Miwok casino project’s possibility of moving from Galt to Elk Grove, in Sacramento Business Journal


Hundreds Gather To Discuss Potential Wilton Rancheria Casino Project (CA – Casino Proposals)
The Galt Herald (February 3, 2016) Galt City Attorney Steve Rudolph told about 200 people at a public meeting at the Chabolla Center that the city can’t provide comment on potential environmental impacts on the other 206 acres if Galt officials don’t know how that land will be developed.
Does Elk Grove Have The Winning Hand For New Casino Project? (CA – Casino Proposals)
Sacramento Business Journal (February 2, 2016) Elk Grove might get a new casino after a disagreement emerged among stakeholders earlier this week. But the odds, as gamblers like to say, remain long.
House Committee Approves Lytton Band Bill With Casino Limitation (CA – Tribal Land)
Indianz.com (February 3, 2016) The House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R.2538, the Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act, at a markup session on Tuesday. The bill places 511 acres in trust for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians in California.
Appeals Court Puts Payday Loan Lawsuit Back Before Judge (VA – Court Cases)
The Washington Post (February 3, 2016) A federal appeals court has put a Virginia man’s lawsuit over a payday loan back before a judge. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously reversed U.S. District Judge John Gibney’s order sending the lawsuit to arbitration.
Virginia Moves Closer To Regulating Fantasy Sports (VA– Fantasy Sports)
Gaming Intelligence (February 3, 2016) Legislation to regulate fantasy sports contests in the US state of Virginia has been unanimously approved by a House Subcommittee on General Laws and now moves to the Committee on Appropriations for further approval.
SinglePoint Punts On Fantasy Sports, Acquires Real-Money Operator GoDraft (WA – Fantasy Sports)
Calvin Ayre (February 2, 2016) SinglePoint, a mobile marketing and payment technology company, is entering the fantasy sports market. The company announced last week that it had signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire an ownership stake in daily fantasy sports company GoDraft.com, which allows players to win cash or credit on a range of sports including NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA.
Connecticut Tribe's Surprise Casino Bid Goes Bust After Secretary Of State Admits Error (CT – Tribal Casinos)
MassLive.com (February 2, 2016) For a few hours Tuesday night, it appeared that there was a surprise entrant into the competition to build Connecticut's third casino.
Casino Workers Rally With Rick Scott For Jobs, Gaming (FL – State Compacts)
Florida Politics (February 3, 2016) More than 100 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino employees took a field trip to TallahasseeWednesday, joining with Gov. Rick Scott to urge lawmakers to pass the governor’s priorities, including a renegotiated gaming compact between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Supreme Court Clarifies Limits On Tribes' Self-Determination Contract Support Costs Claims (WI – Court Cases)
Holland & Knight (February 2, 2016) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States that a tribe has six years from the time a claim for self-determination contract support costs (CSC) first arises to present the claim to a governmental agency allegedly owing it reimbursement for those costs.
Wampanoag Tribe Moves Forward With Community Center, Gaming Appeal (MA – Tribal Gaming)
MV Times (February 3, 2016) The Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), fresh on the heels of a tribal council vote to complete its long-unfinished community center for its original intended purpose — a community center and not an electronic gaming hall — took the first legal step to appeal a judge’s decision barring it from gaming in Aquinnah.