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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, February 9, 2016

“Existing law requires government entities including the U.S. Postal service and law enforcement to allow members of ONAC to possess, use and transport sacred medicines for spiritual and healing use regardless of whether or not those medicines and sacraments are otherwise controlled substances.” The Oklevueha Native American Church posted on its Facebook page regarding the U.S. Post Office’s recent confiscation of the church’s sacramental cannabis --- “Nevada has always been the epicenter for global gaming entertainment, regulation, and innovation. There is no better place in the world to host this important conversation than Nevada, and I look forward to working with this Committee and its stakeholders to continue to set the pace and standards for the global gaming industry.” Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on his decision to convene the Gaming Policy Committee to discuss daily fantasy sports, among other issues, in Las Vegas Review Journal

Legislative And Policy Veteran To Join San Manuel As Legislative Director (CA – Tribal Politics)
Pechanga.net (February 8, 2016) The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is pleased to announce that Mr. Alva Johnson, a veteran California legislative and policy staffer with more than a decade of experience in Indian affairs and policy has joined the tribe as legislative director.
California Communities Go Without As Casino Revenue Fund Dries Up (CA – Gaming Revenue)
Indianz.com (February 8, 2016) Since 2004 the City of Porterville, Tulare County, Sierra View Medical Center and others have benefitted greatly from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund (GSDF) with more than $4 million distributed locally.
Oklevueha Native American Church Is Fighting For The Right To Use Weed As A ‘Sacrament’ (CA – Tribal Culture)
Metro (February 8, 2016) The Oklevueha Native American Church says that cannabis and the powerful hallucinogen peyote are ‘sacred medicines’.
Shinnecock Indian Nation Votes In Support Of Plans To Cultivate, Dispense Medical Marijuana On Southhampton Land (NY – Tribal Enterprises)
Southhampton Patch (February 8, 2016) In a historic vote among its members this weekend, the Shinnecock Indian Nation voted in support of plans to construct a medical cannabis cultivation facility and dispensary on tribal land near Southampton.
Seminole Tribe Releases Emotional Ad Urging Compact Passage (FL – State Compacts)
Florida Politics (February 8, 2016) A new television advertisement for the Seminole Compact ratchets up the drama, highlighting the current casino workers that the Seminole Tribe of Florida is threatening to lay off if lawmakers don’t OK the new gambling deal.
Navajo Nation Fund Gets $1.5M In Gaming Revenue (AZ – Gaming Revenues)
Farmington Daily Times (February 8, 2016) The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise has issued $1.5 million to the Navajo Gaming Net Revenue Distribution Fund. Officials from the gaming enterprise presented the check to the tribe on Jan. 25 during the Navajo Nation Council's winter session in Window Rock, Ariz., according to a press release from the enterprise.
DraftKings On Why The UK Is Ready For Fantasy Sports (Int. – Fantasy Sports)
Wired (February 5, 2016) Fantasy sports platform DraftKings might be about to change how the UK watches sport. Available in the UK from 5 February, the service lets fans compete with each other across 11 sports, including NFL, NBA and golf. And, yes, Premier League soccer.
Whole New Game For DraftKings (Int. – Fantasy Sports)
Boston Herald (February 7, 2016) DraftKings officially launched in the U.K. on Friday, its third country after the United States and Canada. The partnerships include events and promotions with the teams, along with advertisements in stadiums.
NFL Season Is Over; Now What For Daily Fantasy Sports? (US – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (February 8, 2016) The football season officially came to an end on Sunday with Super Bowl 50, and it also brought to a close the most lucrative time of the year for the daily fantasy sports industry. Now the DFS industry must make it through the next seven months without football.
Virginia Progress: Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Passes Senate (VA – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (February 8, 2016) Virginia’s Senate passed a daily fantasy sports regulatory bill on Monday — the third state where legislation has gotten a positive vote in front of a full chamber. No state has voted down a DFS bill in either a committee vote or a vote in a general assembly in 2016.
Bill Regulates Daily Fantasy Sports; Doesn’t Call It Gambling (IN – Fantasy Sports)
WFYI Indianapolis (February 8, 2016) Senate lawmakers took steps to regulate daily fantasy sports, and chose not to classify them as gambling. The legislation imposed some regulation on the multi-million dollar industry, including bans on insider information and prohibiting professional athletes and officials from playing.
Opinion: Nevada Should Lead Way On Daily Fantasy Sports Conversation (NV – Fantasy Sports)
Las Vegas Review Journal (February 5, 2016) Gov. Brian Sandoval's decision to convene the Gaming Policy Committee to discuss daily fantasy sports, among other issues, is a welcome development for an industry that's recently come under a great deal more scrutiny.
Record Number Of Visitors In Las Vegas In 2015 But Gambling Loses Its Luster (NV – Casino Clientele)
World Casino News (February 8, 2016) Despite the fact that the number of visitors in Las Vegas increased 2.5 percent last year compared to 2014, the gambling revenue remained almost the same. A whooping total of 42.3 million tourists visited Sin City in 2015, 1.2 million more tourists than in 2014.
Pennsylvania Online Gambling Expansion Bill Still Hot Topic in Legislature (PN – Online Gaming)
Casino News Daily (February 9, 2016) The legalization of online gambling has been a hot topic in several states over the past year and is likely to be broadly discussed by legislators in 2016 as well.