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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, March 10, 2016

“Although we continue to be very concerned about the CFPB's reluctance to consult in a productive manner with Native American tribes, today Mr. Silberman has lent credence to what we have been telling you all this time, and that is tribes are perfectly capable of regulating our own online financial services industry. Our financial products are designed to be very straightforward, more affordable, and easier to pay off.” Chairperson Sherry Treppa of Native American Tribe Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake in PR Newswire --- “The land is currently outside of the city boundaries of Galt. This limits the amount of direct control the council has. If it was in the city limits, both the citizens and the council would have much more direct input on the project. As it is, the city can still mitigate the potential effects of the casino on the city of Galt.” Mayor Mark Crews said of the Wilton Rancheria Proposal in Galt Herald Online


The Next Steps For Adam Gray’s Online Poker Bill In California (CA – Internet Poker)
California Online Poker (March 9, 2016) With the introduction of a new online poker bill on February 19, just squeaking in ahead of the legislative deadline to introduce bills for 2016, California Assemblyman Adam Gray insured that online poker will remain a hot topic in the Golden State for a large part of 2016.
Significant Progress In Getting Online Poker In California, But Major Hurdles Remain (CA – Internet Poker)
News 10 (March 9, 2016) A series of recent events have led to big steps forward in the effort to legalize online poker in California. While significant hurdles remain, it appears the odds of success have increased from almost zero at the beginning of 2016 to possible by the end of the year.
Supervisors Vote To Block Chumash Parcel From Entering Federal Trust (CA – Tribal Land)
Santa Maria Sun (March 9, 2016) Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted last week to oppose the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians taking 2.13 acres of land into federal trust.
A Potentially Taxing Situation: Wilton Rancheria Land Trust (CA – Tribal Land)
The Galt Herald Online (March 9, 2016) A Wilton Rancheria casino project in Sacramento County would remove that property from the county rolls, meaning the tribe wouldn’t pay sales tax that help fund government operations. The tribe’s preferred site is 282 acres just north of Galt as the site for a potential casino complex.
Deputy Director of CFPC Tells Congress: Tribal Installment Loans Easier To Pay Off Than Payday Loans (DC – Tribal Lending)
PR Newswire (March 9, 2016) David Silberman, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Deputy Director, recently testified before Congress' House Financial Services Committee that tribal installment loans are in fact easier to repay than the two-week payday loans being widely advertised.
Connecticut Lawmakers Look To Regulate Fantasy Sports Sites (CT – Fantasy Sports)
WTNH News 8 (March 10, 2016) While you may be gearing up to wager a few bucks in your March Madness brackets, a different kind of sports betting is going on year round. Now Connecticut lawmakers at looking at regulating fantasy sports websites.
DraftKings Seeks Total Halt Of NY AG Action Pending Appeal (NY – Fantasy Sports)
Law360 (March 9, 2016) DraftKings and FanDuel on Wednesday urged a New York judge to halt all lower court proceedings in the New York attorney general’s enforcement action claiming the companies’ operations constitute illegal gambling while an interlocutory appeal plays out, saying the appeals court ruling will offer crucial guidance on how to proceed.
Virginia Becomes First US State To Formally Legalize Fantasy Sports (VA – Fantasy Sports)
iGaming Business (March 9, 2016) State Governor Terry McAuliffe this week signed the ‘Fantasy Contests Act’ that puts into place a series of protections for Virginia residents that take part in such activities.
Crucial Federal Trial Over Seminole Gambling Could Be Pushed Back (FL – Court Cases)
CBS Tampa Bay (March 9, 2016) A crucial trial over the future of gambling in Florida could be pushed back until the fall. Attorneys for both the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state on Wednesday asked a federal judge to push back a two-week trial until October. The trial now scheduled for July will determine whether or not the Seminoles can continue to have blackjack tables at their casinos.
New Jersey Judge Dismisses Lawsuit To Recognize American Indian Tribes (NJ – Tribal Recognition)
CBS Philly (March 9, 2016) In dismissing a lawsuit filed by the Lenape Indians, today a judge reaffirmed New Jersey’s position that there are no recognized American Indian Tribes in the state.
Del Lago Pays $50 Million Casino License Fee; Seneca County, Tyre Will Get $5M (NY – Tribal Gaming)
AuburnPub.com (March 10, 2016) Seneca County and the town of Tyre will share 10 percent of a $50 million fee paid Wednesday by del Lago Resort & Casino. The payment, which was submitted to the state Gaming Commission, is for del Lago's casino license.
Las Vegas Utilities Really Don’t Want The Strip To Go Solar (NV – Casino Business)
Wired.com (March 9, 2016) The glittering Las Vegas strip is not an obvious model for energy conservation. Yet hidden above the glowing Eiffel Tower, neon resort awnings and a black pyramid that shines a beam of light into space, is one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the country.