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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, March 3, 2016

“We have seen consistent growth in tribal contributions for more than a year now, giving us further optimism for the future of state regulated gaming in Arizona. This sustained growth is a positive sign not only for our state’s economy, but most importantly for the crucial programs this funding supports.” Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming Daniel Bergin said in ParkerPioneer.net --- “Some of the biggest swaths of invalid signatures were people who weren’t registered to vote. Some of the technical problems that were fairly serious, in our view, were around the circulators’ oaths. It was clear just by looking at the documents that somebody had a stack of petitions and somebody was just notarizing them.” Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said of two of the state’s disqualified ballot campaigns – one to legalize marijuana and one to give a Las Vegas promoter exclusive right to build a casino – and the potential forgery of signatures, in Portland Press Herald


Chumash Casino Resort To Hire 200 New Employees Due To Gaming Expansion (CA – Casino Employment)
World Casino News (March 2, 2016) A gaming expansion with a price tag of $160 million is taking place at the venue with construction to be completed around the middle of May 2016. The tribe must hire individuals to fill positions for servers, culinary staff, guest service, housekeeping, bartenders, custodial and transportation services.
Florida Legislators Fail To Push Gaming Bills Across Finish Line (FL – State Compacts)
Calvin Ayre (March 2, 2016) Florida legislators appear to have failed in their latest effort to approve gambling measures – including the Seminole Tribe’s new $3 billion gaming compact – after a key Senate committee decided not to bring the matters up for a vote.
Arizona Indian Gaming Revenue Supports State Programs (AZ – Gaming Revenues)
ParkerPioneer.net (March 2, 2016) For the sixth consecutive quarter, the Arizona Department of Gaming has announced an increase in tribal contributions. The quarter ended Dec. 31, 2015 with approximate revenue of $15.2 million.
Amended Daily Fantasy Bill Could Be Passed Thursday In Indiana (IN – Fantasy Sports)
Courier & Press (March 2, 2016) A bill regulating online daily fantasy sites in Indiana has been changed to make the policing of the sites similar to gambling, while still maintaining that daily fantasy games are skill-based.
Online Fantasy Sports Contests Could Be Legalized In Illinois (IL – Fantasy Sports)
Daily Journal (March 2, 2016) A state lawmaker says his bill to formally legalize online sports fantasy contests would protect as many 2 million Illinoisans who play, as well as small businesses that offer the games or related services.
Nevada Gaming Policy Committee To Meet In Las Vegas (NV – Gaming Regulations)
Las Vegas Sun (March 2, 2016) The recently revived Nevada Gaming Policy Committee, headed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, will meet next week in Las Vegas to discuss new forms of gambling and ways to keep ahead of other states.
Maine Petition Flaws May Doom Pot, Casino Referendums (ME – Casino Referendums)
Portland Press Herald (March 3, 2016) Unless a judge overturns the secretary of state's ruling, proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and open a York County casino won't make November's ballot. Widespread irregularities, including the potential forgery of signatures, have prompted the secretary of state to disqualify separate ballot campaigns to legalize marijuana and give a Las Vegas gambling promoter the exclusive right to build a casino in York County.
Big Dollars On The Line As R.I. And Massachusetts Vie For Gamblers (RI – Gambling Clientele)
The Herald News (March 2, 2016) Twenty-one million dollars of state gambling revenue in a single year. That's how much money is up for grabs depending on where, when and if casinos are approved in Southeastern Massachusetts — and Rhode Island counters with a new gambling hall in Tiverton less than a mile from the Bay State border.
A Safe Casino Bet: Icahn’s Tropicana Entertainment (NJ – Casino Revenue)
Barron’s (March 2, 2016) Tropicana Entertainment could be the most undervalued casino company in the U.S. Shares of the thinly traded Las Vegas-based company (ticker: TPCA ), which operates the Tropicana AC property in Atlantic City and six other regional gaming properties, fetch $16 a share.
Heinrich Statement On Adding Gold King Mine Spill Site To Superfund National Priorities List (DC – Environmental Action)
Native News Online (March 2, 2016) U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, issued the following statement in support of adding the site of the Gold King Mine spill that polluted the Four Corners region last summer to the Superfund National Priorities List.
EPA Encourages More Tribes To Develop Water Quality Standards (DC – Environmental Action)
Indianz.com (March 2, 2016) Another tribe won approval to develop its own water quality standards on Wednesday as the Obama administration works to help Indian Country exercise more sovereignty over their natural resources.
Native Filmmakers Struggling For Inclusiveness, Too (CA – Tribal Images)
The Desert Sun (March 1, 2016) On the heels of an Academy Awards ceremony focused on a lack of minority inclusiveness, the Agua Caliente Cultural Center’s 15th annual Native FilmFest opened Tuesday with Native filmmakers saying they can’t even imagine one of their people getting to host the Oscars anytime soon.