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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, May 31, 2016

“I am very interested in the issue, but I don’t think we can get it done in the next two weeks,” Gary Pretlow, NY Assemblymember, in Online Poker Report. --- "Participants (in the online fantasy leagues) must pay an entry fee or buy-in amount in order to win a prize. Consequently, the act of playing daily fantasy sports contests in Illinois constitutes illegal gambling," Lisa Madigan, Attorney General, in the Daily Herald.

 

Tuolumne Band Celebrates 15th Birthday With Casino Expansion (CA—Casino Expansion)
Indianz (May 30, 2016) The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians in California is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its casino with an expansion project. The Black Oak Casino Resort will be seeing a 5,000 square-foot addition, according to news reports. A recreational vehicle park is also coming to the facility.
Motions Filed To Block Taunton Casino Project (MS—Tribal Casino)
Tauton Gazette (May 30, 2016) The onetime Middleboro selectman said two motions he filed Friday with the U.S. District Court in Boston are part of his strategy to stop the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe from moving forward with a purported $1 billion resort-gambling facility off of Stevens Street in East Taunton.
Coushatta Tribe Offers Gaming Options Closer To Home (AL—Tribal Gaming)
Indianz (May 30, 2016) The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas rejoined the Indian gaming industry last week and is hoping to recapture dollars that might otherwise be going to neighboring Louisiana. Naskila Entertainment is located in Livingston, less than 100 miles from the nearest non-Indian facility in Louisiana.
9th Circuit Won't Rehear Tohono O'odham Nation Gaming Case (US—Tribal Gaming)
Indianz (May 30, 2016) In March, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Tohono O'odham Nation can use newly acquired lands for a casino. The unanimous decision came after the tribe opened the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino and Resort in Glendale, Arizona, in December.
With Deadline Looming, New York Online Poker Bill Still Looks Like A Longshot (NY—Online Poker)
Online Poker Report (May 30, 2016) Online poker legislation in New York made a lot of progress — or at least more than it had in previous years — but its chances are waning with the legislature’s adjournment looming.
Will Fantasy Sports Prevail Where Casinos, Horse Racing Have Not? (IL—Fantasy Sports)
Daily Herald (May 30, 2016) In their effort to ensure their future in Illinois, DraftKings, FanDuel and other daily fantasy sports companies have enemies in casinos and the horse racing industry, two gambling interests that have been either fighting off competition or tryin to expand here for years.
Illinois Daily Fantasy Sports Betting Bill Shelved (IL—Fantasy Sports)
NBC Chicago (May 30, 2016) Democratic Rep. Michael Zalewski, one of the bill's sponsors, told colleagues in a House committee Sunday that he would not put the proposal up to a vote before the Legislature adjourns its spring session Tuesday.
Fantasy Sports Bill Delayed (IL—Fantasy Sports)
Herald & Review (May 30, 2016) Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders made no progress Sunday on settling an 11-month budget standoff during their latest meeting to try to reach a compromise. Rauner is asking Democrats who control the Legislature to pass pro-business legislation and curb the power of unions as a condition of a tax increase to address a $5 billion deficit.
Esports: Global Revenue Expected To Smash $1 Billion By 2019 (US—Fantasy Sports)
Edition CNN (May 30, 2016) According to Newzoo, global revenue in the eSports industry rose from $194 million to $463 million in the same period -- a 239% increase -- and is expected to smash $1 billion by 2019.
Lottery Expansion Faces Hurdles Despite State Money Woes (WY—Lottery Expansion)
The Herald (May 30, 2016) As the state loses millions of dollars in revenue from its declining minerals extraction industry, the new Wyoming Lottery has started paying off by distributing some of its profits to cash-strapped cities and towns.
State, Tribal Co-Managers Reach Deal On Strait Of Juan De Fuca, Puget Sound Salmon Seasons (WA—Tribal News)
Peninsula Daily News (May 30, 2016) A late agreement Thursday between the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and treaty tribe co-managers is expected to salvage the summer salmon season on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. The co-managers agreed on this year's salmon seasons after several weeks of extended negotiations.
Cannabis On Tribal Land A '50/50' Gamble For Native Americans In Washington (WA—Tribal News)
The Guardian (May 30, 2016) Among the lofty pines of timber country across the street from the Little Creek Casino on State Highway 108, the first tribal-owned-and-operated recreational cannabis store in the US is open for business.