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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, May 19, 2016

“This legislation should require DFS betting to be held to the same standards, consumer protections and regulations that all other gaming licensees’ betting products are currently required to meet. If the Illinois General Assembly is serious about opening up Internet gaming beyond the lottery, then it must be done in a comprehensive manner with a level playing field, rather than a carve out that gives preference and special treatment to DFS.” Tom Swolk, Illinois Casino Gaming Association, in Legal Sports Reports. --- "(money availabe) does not provide enough to consolidate all fractional interests across Indian Country." Michael Conner, US Interior Deputy Secretary, in the Missoulian


Fifth Meeting To Discuss Proposed Ridgecrest Casino (CA—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (May 18, 2016) Officials in Kern County, California, are today holding their fifth meeting in as many weeks to discuss a proposal from the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to build a new $29 million casino at a site near the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.
California Sued By Group Over Chumash Casino’s Water Usage (CA—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (May 18, 2016) The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ massive $160 million expansion of its Chumash Casino and Resort located in California’s Santa Ynez Valley is facing a court challenge from a group of landowners who say that too much extra water will be used.
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Opens Naskila Entertainment Near Livingston Texas (AL—Tribal Gaming)
World Casino Directory (May 18, 2016) The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe has returned to gambling in Texas with the soft opening of their Naskila Entertainment center near Livingston, Texas at noon Tuesday. The Tribe plans to hold a Grand Opening for the casino, offering 365 Class II slot machines (electronic bingo) on June 2, 2016 after a 13 year hiatus.
Casino-Style Gaming Begins On East Texas Reservation (TX—Tribal Gaming)
Star-Telegram (May 18, 2016) Called Naskila Entertainment, the newly revamped facility — which comes 14 years after a previous tribal casino-like venue had to close — offers a restaurant and 365 devices that look, act and sound like slot machines but are actually electronic bingo machines.
Iowa Tribe Launches First Phase Of Online Poker Site (IA—Online Poker)
Card Player (May 18, 2016) The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma said that the “first phase” of its platform, which includes peer-to-peer poker, bingo and pull-tabs, is now available to U.S. residents (except Oklahoma) and in international markets. The games are free-play, but the Iowa Tribe plans to eventually roll out a real-money site, which could come as soon as August.
Illinois Senate Panel Approves Fantasy Sports Regulations (IL—Fantasy Sports)
Seattle Pi (May 18, 2016) An Illinois Senate panel has approved regulations for daily fantasy sports websites to address concerns stemming from a state opinion which calls such betting illegal. Under the plan approved by a committee Wednesday, the Illinois Gaming Board would oversee the contests, and operators violating the law would face fines. The proposal would forbid anyone under 21 from participating, among other things.
Illinois Legislature Calls An Audible On Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Before Deadline (IL—Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (May 18, 2016) An effort to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports in Illinois is trying to get to the finish line before the legislature adjourns this month. Illinois is a battleground state where DraftKings and FanDuel have active cases regarding their legality. A failure to get legislation passed would mean the sites’ status could be up to the courts.
Michigan Online Gambling Bill (MI—Fantasy Sports)
Online Poker Report (May 18, 2016) All eyes were on California, Pennsylvania, and to a lesser extent New York at the start of 2016. Following the surprise introduction of an online gambling bill in mid-April, Michigan has waded right into the thick of the online gaming conversation.
Fantasy Sports Means New Jobs For New York — Unless Lawmakers Fumble (NY—Fantasy Sports)
NY Post (May 18, 2016) For once, can New York lawmakers get it together to tell a growing industry they’d like it to stay? The Legislature needs to pass a law to OK (and regulate) fantasy-sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings before it knocks off in June. Otherwise, it’s putting jobs at risk.
More Tribes Added To Land Program, But Money Running Out (US—Tribal News)
Missoulian (May 18, 2016) Dozens of American Indian communities on Tuesday joined an initiative to return millions of acres of reservation land to the control of tribal governments as U.S. officials warned the $1.9 billion program will run out of money before the task is completed.
First Nation Band Has No Faith In New Kinder Morgan Review Panel (US—Tribal News)
CBC (May 18, 2016) On Tuesday, Ottawa appointed a special three-person panel to conduct an environmental review of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain proposal and "meaningfully consult" with Indigenous peoples along the pipeline route.
Gray’s Legislation Will Help Clarify Complicated Relationship Between Horse Racing And Gaming (CA—Online Gaming)
Mod Bee (May 18, 2016) The Modesto Bee’s editorial “Gray’s deal a sure winner for casinos, tracks” criticizing legislation introduced by Assemblymember Adam Gray, D-Merced, seeking to regulate internet poker misses several important points.