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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, February 23, 2016

“The Florida Constitution prohibits any ‘lottery’ statewide, ‘other than the types of pari-mutuel pools authorized by law as of’ its effective date.’ As of the Constitution’s effective date, slot machines were not authorized by law in Florida. Under the plain meaning of the word ‘lottery,’ a slot machine is a lottery.” U.S. Senator Bob Graham wrote regarding Florida’s Gretna Racing court case, which is trying to get a slots permit in a rural community, in the Miami Herald --- “Assemblyman Adam Gray’s AB 2863 calls for race tracks in California to receive up to $60 million in revenue sharing per year from online poker operators, in exchange for the horse racing industry not being in the space. Under the proposal, only tribal casinos and card rooms could be online poker operators. Service providers, like a PokerStars, would also be allowed in thanks to partnerships with operators.” CardPlayer.com on the new California online poker bill, which would legalize real-money online poker


New California Online Poker Bill Introduced (CA – iPoker Legislation)
Card Player (February 22, 2016) California will have another chance to legalize real-money online poker this year with a new bill introduced Friday by two Golden State lawmakers. Assemblyman Adam Gray and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer put forth the state’s latest attempt at regulating the card games, AB 2863.
Dissecting California’s New Online Poker Bill AB 2863 (CA – iPoker Legislation)
California Online Poker (February 22, 2016) Just hours before a legislative deadline on Friday afternoon, California Assemblyman Adam Gray, along with Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, introduced the state’s latest online poker proposal, AB 2863.
Calif. Mulls High Court Push In $36.2M Gaming Compact Row (CA – Court Cases)
Law360 (February 23, 2016) California said Friday it will consider asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its gaming compact dispute with the Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians after a split Ninth Circuit panel decided the state owed the tribe $36.2 million and declined to rehear the suit.
Atlantic City Casino Revenues Down While Online Casinos Are Flourishing (NJ – Gaming Revenues)
NJ Gambling Sites (February 21, 2016) A nasty storm was one factor which kept would-be patrons of Atlantic City at home last month. As a result, Atlantic City saw a 3.8 percent decrease in overall revenues this January. However, that didn’t stop New Jerseyans from gambling online.
Native American Tribe Eyes Casino North Of Dayton (OH – Tribal Land)
Dayton Business Journal (February 22, 2016) The project could help draw more visitors to the region, as well as Shawnee residents. With the help of a retired Ohio lawyer, the Eastern Band of the Shawnee discovered an old treaty document that entitles them to 168 acres of land.
Graham Argues To Court That State Constitution Requires Statewide Referendum To Approve Slots Anywhere (FL – Gaming Referendums)
Tampa Bay (February 22, 2015) As a member of the state House when Florida rewrote its constitution in 1968, former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham believes a lot of people are missing the point in the current gaming debate.
Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham Turns To History Books To Oppose Slot Machines (FL – Gaming Referendums)
Miami Herald (February 22, 2015) Graham filed a friend of the court brief Monday in the case involving Gretna Racing LLC, arguing that the Legislature, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration and the company that is trying to get a slots permit in the rural community, have misread the Florida Constitution.
Bill Would Make Sports Fantasy Contests Legal In Miss. (MS – Fantasy Sports)
The Clarion-Ledger (February 22, 2016) A bill passed out of a Senate committee would make sports fantasy betting legal in Mississippi. Senate Judiciary A Chairman Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport, filed Senate Bill 2541. It says a fantasy contest doesn't constitute gaming or gambling under Mississippi laws.
Fantasy Sports Legislation To Be Discussed At Illinois Capitol On Thursday (IL – Fantasy Sports)
WAND 17 (February 22, 2016) Fantasy sports remain popular among fans in Illinois. State representative Michael Zalewski, D-Riverside, will be addressing legislation regarding online fantasy sporting websites in the state later this week.
National Congress Of American Indians Opens Meeting In D.C. (DC – Tribal Politics)
Indianz.com (February 22, 2016) The National Congress of American Indians opens its executive council winter session on Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of tribal leaders are in town for the meeting and will be discussed a wide range of issues, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the 2016 presidential race and Native youth.
Mine Spill Long-Term Impact Review Team Outlining Efforts To Maintain Safe Drinking Water (NM – Water Rights)
KOB 4 (February 22, 2016) New Mexico Environment Department Bureau Chief Stephanie Stringer of the Drinking Water Bureau will present on the continuing activities and safeguards to ensure clean, safe drinking water in San Juan County in light of heavy metal residues which remain throughout the watershed resulting from the August 5, 2015 toxic spill.