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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, May 24, 2016

“We have emergency rule-making authority as well as formal rule-making authority…So we anticipate proposing emergency rules in September, and then we also anticipate starting the formal rule-making process probably about that same time.” Sara Tait, IN Gaming Commission Executive Director, in Indiana Public Media. --- “With any bills that come anywhere close to gaming, everybody has their parochial interests that they pile on,” Kwame Raoul, IL Senator, in The Card Player.

 

Ahead Of Antioch Vote, A Local Casino Spends Big — To Limit Gambling (CA—Card Rooms)
KQED (May 23, 2016) A casino in the East Bay has poured more than $300,000 of support into a ballot measure that would limit the number of card rooms in the city of Antioch. Right now, Antioch has only one operating card room, called the 19th Hole. If Measure E is passed, it would stay that way
Work Continues On New Gray Wolf Peak Casino (MT—Casino Expansion)
NJg Gambling Sites (May 23, 2016) The Confederated Salish And Kootenai Tribe in Montana is continuing the $21.1 million project to open a new casino near its KwaTaqNuk Resort and expects to inaugurate the facility by the end of the year.
Sugarhouse Casino In Philadelphia Grows Bigger (PA—Casino Expansion)
Metro (May 23, 2016) At dusk on a recent Monday, Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House – a white linen chain steakhouse with roots in Chicago – soft-opened in its new home at Fishtown's SugarHouse Casino to a crowd of an invited guests.
Florida Economists Unclear On Effects Of Proposed Gambling Amendment (FL—Gambling Regulation)
World Casino Directory (May 23, 2016) A group of economists in Florida have admitted that they are unsure about the potential effects of passing a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in the southern state.
Fantasy Sports Sites Have Until Aug 1 To Apply For Licensure (ID—Fantasy Sports)
Indiana Public Media (May 23, 2016) Daily fantasy sports companies have until August to declare they want to keep doing business in Indiana. In March, Indiana became the second state to formally affirm daily fantasy games are legal — four states have followed since.
Desire For Online Casino Gambling Delays Illinois Daily Fantasy Sports Bill: Report (IL—Fantasy Sports)
Card Player (May 23, 2016) A piece of legislation backed by DraftKings and FanDuel that could set up fantasy sports operations at Illinois commercial casinos has been put on hold, despite passing the Illinois Senate last week by a 32-22 vote.
Rep. Pallone Takes Spotlight At Daily Fantasy Sports Hearing In Congress (US—Fantasy Sports)
NJ Gambling Sites (May 23, 2016) Rep. Frank Pallone from New Jersey made his voice heard recently at Congressional hearings about daily fantasy sports. Pallone participated in a U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade hearing titled,
The Bitcoin Gambling Industry Is Growing At Full Steam (US—Bitcoin)
News BTC (May 23, 2016) Since the first Bitcoin transaction in 2010, when a Pizza was bought by 10.000 Bitcoins, Digital currency has seen a significant interest from many online businesses. Industry scouts and entrepreneurs saw this new technology as a tool that could potentially revolutionize the way how payments were made through the Internet.
Yurok Tribe Sues Resighini Rancheria Over Fishing Dispute (CA—Tribal Dispute)
Triplicate (May 23, 2016) After a years of disputed fishing rights on the lower Klamath River, the Yurok Tribe has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California seeking to halt what they say is illegal gillnet fishing by members of the Resighini Tribe in the Lower Klamath River.
Opportunity’s Knocking: Bill May Allow Narragansett Indians To Grow Hemp (RI—Tribal News)
The Cannabist (May 23, 2016) The bill says the tribe historically used hemp products for clothing and housing and wants to use it again as a business opportunity. The bill would also allow universities to grow hemp for research or educational purposes.
Suquamish Tribe Now Part Of Federal Land Buyback Program (WA—Tribal News)
East Oregonian (May 23, 2016) The Suquamish Tribe's Port Madison Reservation in Kitsap County is one of more than 60 reservations selected to join a $1.9 billion federal initiative to return land to the control of tribal governments.
Court Dismisses Menominee Tribe’s Lawsuit For Destruction Of Hemp Crops (WI—Tribal News)
WBAY (May 23, 2016) The Menominee Indian tribe’s lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Justice was dismissed in a federal court in Green Bay.