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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, May 26, 2016

“And the most important thing is they came to Maine, they didn’t ask for anything, they just do what they do best. And now they’re going to invest more money.” Paul LePage, ME Governor, in World Casino Directory. --- "Our cities and towns benefit from that. The state benefits from that. But we cannot be left behind. We really need to start to look forward, and the amendment allows the Lottery to begin that process.” Jennifer Flanagan, MA Senator, in Sentinel & Enterprise News.


Oxford Casino Breaks Ground On Expansion Of Hotel And Casino (ME—Casino Expansion)
World Casino Directory (May 25, 2016) Governor Paul LePage, along with lawmakers and casino owners broke ground on a $25 million expansion at the Oxford Casino Tuesday on a new hotel slated to open next year.
Coquille Indian Tribe Making Progress On Planned Oregon Casino (OR—Tribal Casino)
World Cason Directory (May 25, 2016) In southern Oregon, the federally-recognized Coquille Indian Tribe is making progress on its plan to open a new casino in the city of Medford after the Bureau Of Indian Affairs completed an “administrative draft environmental study” for the envisioned development.
County Council Reopens Communication With Cowlitz Tribe (NV—Tribal Casino)
Columbian (May 25, 2016) Doing so would have enabled the tribe to connect the casino to the city of La Center’s sewer system, but tribal officials said the injection wells and water reclamation plant are already more than a third complete.
Online Lottery To Get Boost? (MA—Online Gaming)
Sentinel & Enterprise News (May 25, 2016) If the Massachusetts State Lottery is to continue to thrive and return hundreds of millions of dollars to cities and towns, it must have the ability to move online in some fashion, its executive director said, but it first needs permission from the Legislature to test the World Wide Web's waters.
Pennsylvania House Rejects Gambling Expansion Measures (PA—Gaming Regulation)
Casino News Daily (May 25, 2016) Proposals for the potential expansion of Pennsylvania’s gambling industry, including the legalization and regulation of online gaming options, were rejected by the state House on Tuesday.
State House Rejects Then Saves Gambling Expansion Measures (PA—Gaming Regulation)
The Times (May 25, 2016) It looked like the effort to expand gambling in Pennsylvania was dead, but then the state House turned around and breathed some life into it. Two measures championed by legislators from southwest Pennsylvania were rejected as amendments Tuesday.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Approves $40,500 In Fines (PA—Gaming Regulation)
PR Newswire (May 25, 2016) The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines totaling $40,500 against two casino operators and two other licensees for various violations. The fines were the result of Board approvals of consent agreements.
11 States Could Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports By Year’s End (US—Fantasy Sports)
The Seattle Times (May 25, 2016) An analyst says as many as 11 states may adopt regulations permitting and regulating daily fantasy sports by the end of this year. Chris Grove of Narus Advisors says six states have passed bills to regulate daily fantasy sports so far, and five more may do so soon.
Oklahoma Tribal Chief Impeached Over Financial Improprieties (OK—Tribal News)
ABC (May 25, 2016) An Oklahoma tribal chief has been impeached after he faced questions regarding the use of his tribe's finances. The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians' Tribal Council voted 8-3 to impeach Principal Chief George Wickliffe on Tuesday, the Tulsa World reported.
State, Tribes Reach Agreement Over Salmon Fishing (OR—Tribal News)
NWCN (May 25, 2016) After a limited chinook season last year, coho returns are predicted at historic lows. With so few fish, state and tribal authorities could not agree on how to split the available catch and with it the rules for a salmon fishing season. With no deal, there are no permits.
Judge Dismisses Tribal Lawsuit Over Industrial Hemp (WI—Tribal News)
Wisconsin Gazette (May 25, 2016) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Menominee Indian Tribe which sought protection for industrial hemp. The tribe filed a lawsuit last November against the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice after the agencies destroyed its hemp crop grown on its reservation in northeastern Wisconsin.
DES Names New Tribal Nations Instructor Liaison (US—Tribal News)
WMI Central (May 25, 2016) The Department of Economic Security announced the hiring of Archie Mariano as the new tribal nations instructor liaison within the Office of Professional Development.