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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, June 02, 2016

"We're putting legislation forward saying DFS is legal, that it is a game of skill. And now you're going to put it in a gaming facility and bet on sports? That's clearly a violation of the (Federal) Wire Act and some of the other federal legislation,” John Bonacic, NY Chairman of the Senate Racing and Wagering Committee., in the Blood Horse. --- “Under this particular legislation, there will be more strict monitoring, and there will be more consumer protection. And there will be money to pay for the monitoring and the consumer protection.” John Bonacic, NY Chairman of the Senate Racing and Wagering Committee., in the Legal Sports Report.


Viejas Partners With REACH Air To Provide Medical Transport Services To San Diego County (CA—Tribal News)
Business Wire (June 1, 2016) The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties.
Hoopa Valley Tribe Slams San Luis Settlement Agreement (CA—Tribal News)
Intercontinental Cry (June 1, 2016) On May 24, the Hoopa Valley Tribe from Northern California filed its objection to two bills proposed in the House of Representatives to implement the controversial San Luis Settlement Agreement, saying the agreement would “forever condemn the Tribe to poverty.”
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Begins Vastly Scaled-Down Expansion In Tampa (FL—Tribal Casino)
Tampa Bay News (June 1, 2016) The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino said today it is expanding its Orient Road facility, but the project represents a fraction of what the casino had announced in February, when the Seminole Tribe said passage of a gambling deal by the Legislature would bring $1.8 billion worth of projects in Tampa and Hollywood.
Aquinnah Tribe Won't Give Up Fight For Island Gaming (US—Tribal Casino)
Cape Cod Times (June 1, 2016) But the tribe will once again argue that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, approved a little more than a year after the tribe’s deal with the town and state was approved by Congress, supersedes that earlier agreement.
Gilbane Completes Wa She Shu Casino Project In Nevada (NV—Tribal Casino)
Benzinga (June 1, 2016) Gilbane Building Company, a global leader in construction services, is happy to announce that construction has been completed on the Wa She Shu Casino Project in Gardnerville, Nevada.
Indigo Sky Casino To Undergo $34 Million Expansion (OK—Tribal Casino)
Jopin Globe (June 1, 2016) The Eastern Shawnee tribe will build a seven-story, $34 million addition to its Indigo Sky Casino that is to open next year, officials said. The expansion is expected to add more than 125 hotel rooms and a ballroom, according to a news release from the tribe.
Online Gambling to be Reconsidered Next Week in Pennsylvania (PA—Online Gaming)
4Flush (June 1, 2016) The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be back in session on June 6th with online gambling tentatively on the schedule to be reconsidered. In May, online gambling legislation was voted against in the House, despite needing options for income based on the current state budget crisis.
Online Gambling Would Be A Bad Bet For Pennsylvania (PA—Online Gaming)
Philly (June 1, 2016) Without a third party to call a timeout on the partisan war, the Legislature and the governor will remain at loggerheads. At best, that would mean a continued budget stalemate.
Florida Regulators Fight Over Legality Of Player-Banked Card Games (FL—Gaming Dispute)
World Casino Directory (June 1, 2016) Gambling regulators in Miami, Florida are facing off against the Jacksonville Kennel Club, Inc., fighting over the legality of player-banked card games. The operator of pari-mutuel gaming is blaming the conflict with regulators on the attempt by the Seminole tribe and the Governor of the state, Rick Scott, to sign a $3 billion gambling compact.
New York Fantasy Sports Bill Clears First Hurdle, But Opposition On Display (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (June 1, 2016) A bill legalizing and regulating daily fantasy sports made it past its first committee hearing in New York, but it was also clear the legislation does not have across-the-board support.
New York Racinos Aim To Offer Daily Fantasy (NY—Racinos)
Blood Horse (June 1, 2016) New York's racetrack-based casinos are under fire from two key legislators for trying to get the industry included in a measure under consideration at the state Capitol to legalize fantasy sports wagering.
NYRA Board Awaits Action On Legislation (NY—Horse Racing)
Blood Horse (June 1, 2016) As it waits for a decision on the future of the New York Racing Association, the organization's board of directors May 25 spent less than five minutes discussing rumors of a proposal that would keep the association under state control.