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CTBA Political e-Brief Thursday, June 30, 2016

“You either go with gaming or you go with broad-based taxes and broad-based taxes just aren’t on the menu,” Nick Kotik, PA Representative, in the Times Online.---“We are taking this great New Jersey tradition and making it even better … This legislation will increase the profile of New Jersey’s diverse horse racing industry and steeplechase racing to a broader national audience.” Ron Dancer, NJ Assemblymember, in My Central Jersey.


Judge Narrows Focus Of Suit Brought By Casino Foes (MS—Tribal Casino)
Cape Cod Times (June 29, 2016) Arguments over dismissing parts of the federal lawsuit brought by East Taunton neighbors against the U.S. Department of the Interior are on hold and, instead, a federal judge will narrow his focus to one key issue that paved the way for a Mashpee Wampanoag casino.
Proposed Legislation Would Waive Entrance Fee At Lady Luck Casino (PA—Casino Regulation)
Herald Standard (June 29, 2016) Along with a spending plan that stole much of the spotlight on Tuesday, the state House also approved a sweeping gambling expansion bill that regulates fantasy sports and allows online gaming by casinos and slots at airport
House Gambling Expansion Bill Could Have Casinos Offer Online Gaming, Slots At Airports (PA—Gaming Expansion)
Times Online (June 29, 2016) Along with a spending plan that stole much of the spotlight Tuesday, the state House of Representatives approved a sweeping gambling expansion bill that regulates fantasy sports, allowing online gaming by casinos and permits slot machines at airports.
Judge Denies MGM Expansion Lawsuit, Sides With State (CT—Gaming Expansion)
Casino cam It’s been over a year since the state of Connecticut and MGM Resorts International has been in a bickering feud. MGM filed suit in 2015, and a federal judge just announced his ruling in favor of the state.
Airport Rules Out Tribal Casino At 1 Site, Open To Others (CT—Gaming Expansion)
Fox  61 (June 29, 2016) The Connecticut Airport Authority says its new transportation center at Bradley International Airport will not include a proposed tribal casino. Kevin Dillon, the authority’s executive director, said Wednesday that it’s become clear that the timeline of any potential development of the casino would not be compatible with the $225 million transportation center’s construction schedule.
Slot Referendum Approved By Jacksonville City Council (FL—Gaming Regulation)
World Casino Directory (June 29, 2016) The inclusion of the referendum on the next presidential election ballot was approved yesterday by a vote of 18 to one without any discussions and its passage would see Duval County join five other Florida counties in authorizing slots pending the outcome of a case currently going through the Florida Supreme Court.
Court Says Slots Parlor Question Properly Certified For 2016 Ballot (MS—Gaming Regulation)
Gloucester Times (June 29, 2016) A ballot question authorizing a slots parlor with up to 1,250 machines at the former Suffolk Downs horse racing track was properly certified for this November’s ballot, according to the Supreme Judicial Court, which on Tuesday rejected the claims of plaintiffs who sought to have the question disqualified.
Highlights Of Gambling Legislation In The Pennsylvania House (PA—Gaming Regulation)
Philly (June 29, 2016) The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday to expand legalized casino-style gambling to websites, airports and mobile applications. The measure passed, 114-85, and was sent to the Senate. Here is a look at the highlights:
Pennsylvania Online Gambling Legislation Passes House Vote (PA—Online Gaming)
World Casino Directory (June 29, 2016) Yesterday saw the Pennsylvania House of Representatives pass a piece of proposed legislation that would legalize online gambling and daily fantasy sports in hopes of raising up to $250 million a year in tax for the state.
Pennsylvania’s Online Poker Legislation Clears House, Regulation Has Real Chance (PA—Online Gaming)
Cards Chat (June 29, 2016) Pennsylvania’s online poker legislation was passed by a full vote in the State House of Representatives yesterday by a margin of 114 to 85. The legislation, which would also legalize and regulate online casino games and daily fantasy sports, will now pass to the Senate for consideration.
Assembly Passes Bill For Far Hills Race Meeting Betting (NJ—Horse Racing)
My Central Jersey (June 29, 2016) The state Assembly has unanimously passed a bill to allow pari-mutuel wagering at the annual Far Hills Race Meeting, but the Senate version of the bill is still in committee. The Assembly bill (A1697) would allow the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant one special two-day permit each year to allow wagering on steeplechase races.
Governor Brown Signs Tribal Compacts (CA—Tribal News)
Imperial Valley News (June 29, 2016) Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed tribal-state gaming compacts between the State of California and the Barona Band of Mission Indians, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, as well as an amendment to the current tribal-state gaming compact with the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians.