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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, March 1, 2016

“This portion of the project means a lot to the tribe because it’s providing more job opportunities for members of the community. Our tribe takes pride in being one of the largest employers in Santa Barbara County, and the growth of our enterprise brings significant benefits to the community.” Chumash Tribal Chairman Vincent Armenta in The Santa Barbara Independent --- “Nobody gets anything if there is not mutual accord and consent and agreement. I imagine that … you would very likely see a negotiation between the tribe and the pari-mutuel facilities who benefit under the bill. And, if there is an inequity … that inequity can be cured by contract.” Florida Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach), who is also the Chairman of the House Finance and Tax Committee, said of a Florida gambling bill that would ratify the $3B agreement with the Seminole Tribe and allow pari-mutuels in at least five counties to add slot machines, in Palm Beach Post


Fantasy Springs Casino Sign Will Light Up Interstate 10 (CA – Tribal Casinos)
The Desert Sun (February 29, 2016) Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is ready to make a big statement with the debut of a new sign that will light up Interstate 10. Set to be unveiled on March 16, casino representatives said the landmark sign will be visible for miles as it lights up the nighttime sky in front of the resort. They noted that it will be one of the tallest signs in the Coachella Valley and a dramatic presence on the highway.
Chumash Casino Resort Looks To Fill More Than 200 Jobs (CA – Tribal Casinos)
Santa Barbara Independent (February 29, 2016) With its casino-hotel expansion nearing completion, the Chumash Casino Resort will look to fill more than 200 new positions during its Spring Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 at the Chumash Employee Resource Center in Buellton.
National Indian Gaming Commission Lowers Gaming Operations Fee Rate (DC – Gaming Commission)
Pechanga.net (February 29, 2016) The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) announced today that it will again lower the preliminary annual fee rate for Indian gaming operations.
Payday Lending Supporters Attack Consumer Financial Protection Bureau While Top Industry Lenders Face RICO Charges (DC – Payday Lending)
The Louisiana Weekly (February 29, 2016) For years deceptive and predatory lenders have bilked millions of trusting consumers from their hard-earned monies, while consumer advocates have fought back for fair and transparent lending. On February 11, another contentious round of exchanges on debt-trap lending occurred on Capitol Hill.
Las Vegas Paiutes Announce Plans To Build Medical Pot Dispensaries (NV – Tribal Enterprise)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (February 29, 2016) The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe is primed to open the state’s first medical marijuana facility on Native American lands. Right next to Downtown Las Vegas. Tribal Chairman Benny Tso on Monday announced the tribe’s plans to jump into the Southern Nevada medical marijuana industry full-bore this year.
House Gambling Plan To Expand Slots Unacceptable To Seminoles (FL – State Compacts)
Palm Beach Post (February 29, 2016) Calling it a “love note” to the Senate, a key House committee Monday signed off on a sweeping gambling bill that would ratify a $3 billion agreement with the Seminole Tribe and allow pari-mutuels in at least five counties to add slot machines.
Vermont Senate Passes Bill To Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports (VT – Fantasy Sports)
North County Public Radio (February 29, 2016) It's on to the Vermont House for legislation that would legalize daily fantasy sports in the state. The Senate passed a bill Friday.
Indiana Legislators Make Big Changes To Daily Fantasy Sports Bill (IN – Fantasy Sports)
Indiana Public Radio (February 29, 2016) The House Ways and Means Committee Monday scaled back a bill regulating daily fantasy sports. Changes include a dramatic cut in daily license fees for fantasy operators.
Labor Union Seeks Review That Could Block $4.75 Billion Merger (NV – Labor Relations)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (February 29, 2016) A national labor union is seeking an administrative review that could block casino operator Pinnacle Entertainment’s $4.75 billion merger with real estate investment trust Gaming and Leisure Properties.
Bingo Becomes Increasingly Tough Gamble For Texas Charities (TX – Charity Bingo)
KPRC 2 (February 29, 2016) The Texas Lottery Commission is stepping up its efforts to yank the licenses of bingo operators that don't make money for their charities. So far, fewer than a dozen operators have lost their licenses, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Georgia Gambling Measures Stall For The 2016 Session (GE – Gambling Legislation)
AJC.com (February 29, 2016) Efforts to legalize casinos in Georgia have likely failed this year since the state House speaker postponed a vote on the issue Monday, a key deadline for bills to stay alive for the 2016 session.
Casino Expansion Is Best Fit For Hudson County. Here's Why (NJ – Casino Expansion)
NJ.com (February 29, 2016) If a public question on casino gambling expansion appears on the ballot in November, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) hopes voters will see the issue his way.
Public Lands Battle Escalates In Utah (UT – Tribal Land)
Roll Call (February 29, 2016) As President Barack Obama considers expanding on his already record-breaking use of the Antiquities Act to protect federal lands as national monuments, pushback is coming from states such as Utah, where the latest battle is unfolding.