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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“Cross-border Internet gaming operations have caused uncertainty with gaming regulators regarding the legality of Internet gaming operations of their licensees in foreign jurisdictions and how those activities should be considered when evaluating suitability for licensure.” New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) Director David Rebuck in PokerSites.com --- “A few years ago some may have thought this resort would be an eyesore. What we have built has become the Taj Mahal of Rohnert Park, while providing jobs and utilizing the skilled craftsmanship of nearly 100 California-based companies. Hotel construction started in September of 2015, so we are about half way to the grand opening.” Greg Sarris, tribal chair of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and owner of the resort, in The North Bay Business Journal


Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe Of The Enterprise Rancheria Get Mediator For Gaming Compact Talks (CA – State Compacts)
Law360 (April 25, 2016) The state of California and a Native American tribe said they were unable to negotiate a new gaming compact within the time frame recently ordered by a federal judge who found the state hadn't shown it acted in good faith when it let the tribe's original deal expire, resulting in the appointment of a mediator Monday.
‘Taj Mahal Of Rohnert Park’ Casino Expansion Project Reaches Milestone (CA – Casino Expansion)
The North Bay Business Journal (April 26, 2016) With well-orchestrated fanfare, workers on the $175 million expansion of Graton Resort & Casino on April 26 placed the last steel beam atop the new six-story, 200-room hotel scheduled to open this fall.
Proposed Casino: Wilton Rancheria Expands Community Outreach On Project (CA – Tribal Casinos)
Elk Grove Citizen Online (April 26, 2016) The Wilton Rancheria tribe is still considering Elk Grove as a possible spot for Sacramento County’s first Indian casino. They recently hired a public relations firm to hold community meetings on the project.
Pit River Tribe Scores Court Victory In Battle For Medicine Lake (CA – Court Cases)
Indian Country Today Media Network (April 25, 2016) Since the early ‘80s, many Pit River people have fought to protect the Medicine Lake Highlands from plans by the Bureau of Land Management and energy corporations to develop geothermal power there, which would industrialize the pristine volcanic landscape and risk contaminating the lake with hydraulic fracturing.
Colorado Casino Market Up 5% To $790M In 2015 (CO – Gaming Revenue)
OnlinePoker.net (April 26, 2016) In 2015, Colorado’s casino market generated $790.1 million in revenues, representing a 5.9% improvement on the previous year.
Tohono O’odham Nation Continues Battle On Capitol Hill For Arizona Casino (AZ – Tribal Casinos)
World Casino News (April 26, 2016) It took a great deal of effort for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino and Resort to open in December of 2015, after the Tohono O’odham Nation faced opposition, both of the political and legal sense.
Oglala Sioux Tribe Approved For New Class III Gaming Compact (SD – Gaming Compacts)
World Casino News (April 26, 2016) The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has a new Class III gaming compact, the first awarded since voters approved gaming expansion in the state.
New Jersey Online Poker Boss Says Licensing Gray Market Operators Is Gray Process (NJ – Internet Poker)
PokerSites.com (April 26, 2016) New Jersey online poker is experiencing its first-ever renaissance largely thanks to welcoming PokerStars to the confined Internet gambling territory.
How Michigan Could Lead A Change In Online Gambling (MI – Online Gambling)
Inc. (April 25, 2016) Earlier this month, Michigan State Senator Mike Kowall introduced "The Lawful Internet Gaming Act." It recognizes that Internet wagering on games of chance and skill is a form of entertainment for millions of individuals, and argues that it is in the best interest of Michigan to regulate such activity by authorizing it.
Hawaii Is 27th Most Gambling-Addicted State Despite No Legal Gambling Options (HI – Gambling Addiction)
CalvinAyre.com (April 26, 2016) A new study has ranked US states by their levels of problem gambling prevalence, with casino-heavy states Nevada and South Dakota leading the pack.
Kate Brown Fires Oregon Lottery Director Over 'Management Problems' (OR – State Lotteries)
The Oregonian (April 26, 2016) Gov. Kate Brown abruptly fired Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts on Tuesday, adding to a list of state agency leaders who've moved on since Brown took office last year.
McCain Demands Criminal Probe Of EPA For Gold King Mine Spill On Navajo Land (AZ – Environmental Action)
Indian Country Today Media Network (April 26, 2016) Arizona Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., are accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of neglect for the agency’s response to Navajo communities after a Colorado mine spill polluted the San Juan River last August.