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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, February 17, 2016

“The big question is this: Is there an additional casino market in the Bay Area that hasn’t been fully tapped by existing casinos? If the answer is ‘yes,’ then it would certainly be a net plus for Sacramento and the Central Valley economy, which needs jobs and growth. For a casino to provide economic uplift to its surrounding area, it must pull in new customers and not simply siphon business from nearby casinos. Otherwise, you’re not creating new wealth. You’re just moving money around.” Alan Mallach, who studied the effects of casinos on communities as a fellow with the Brookings Institution, said of the Wilton Rancheria proposal, in The Sacramento Bee --- “What we're doing is taking calculated steps forward. We're working with the state Legislature and trying to go to the federal level. We're working on both avenues to try to get stronger support and it's still a strong priority of the tribe to make this a viable economic opportunity.” South Dakota Flandreau Santee Sioux tribal attorney Seth Pearman said of the tribe’s attempt to re-open its shuttered marijuana grow facilities, in Argus Leader

 

Opinion: Horse Racing Would Be Foolish to Decline A Yearly Payment For California Online Poker Concession (CA – Horse Racing)
US Poker (February 16, 2016) Recent reports coming out of California indicate online poker legalization may have a better chance of becoming a reality in 2016than many people expected, thanks to a newly proposed $60 million annual payment for the state’s horse racing industry with the stipulation that the tracks forfeit their ability to operate online poker sites.
Wilton Rancheria Casino Proposed For Southern Sacramento County Prompts Hopes, Concerns (CA – Casino Proposals)
The Sacramento Bee (February 16, 2016) A proposal to build Sacramento County’s first tribal casino is stirring up a debate that started when the state’s first American Indian bingo parlors opened in the 1980s: Will a new casino benefit the larger community or mainly enrich the tribe that runs it?
Antioch Council OKs Election On Card Room Ordinance (CA – Card Rooms)
Contra Costa Times (February 16, 2016) Council members here reluctantly have agreed to hold an election that could make it harder for businesses to open or enlarge a card room. The Antioch City Council voted unanimously on Feb. 9 to place a measure on the June ballot in response to a petition that thousands of residents signed last fall asking the city to tighten its rules for card room operators.
Activists Say $360M Jamul Casino Not On Reservation Land (CA – Tribal Land)
Law360 (February 16, 2016) An activist group challenging the construction of a $360 million Native American casino hotel near San Diego has told a California federal court that the land on which the casino is being built is not a reservation under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino Celebrates Renovation Project (CA – Casino Expansion)
Gaming Today (February 16, 2016) On Friday San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in San Bernardino, California, celebrated the completion of its $50 million renovation project with the unveiling of a spectacular waterfall show.
Paskenta Tribal Leader, Advisers Want Out Of Embezzlement Row (CA – Court Cases)
Law360 (February 16, 2016) The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians chairman and two tribal business advisers continued to fightMonday in California federal court to shake efforts by former tribal leaders to hold them partially responsible for the ex-leaders’ alleged embezzlement, efforts they called “overreaching.”
Fantasy Sports Industry Mounts Lobbying Blitz (US – Fantasy Sports)
The Wall Street Journal (February 15, 2016) The lobbying effort is being coordinated by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc., the industry's two biggest players. It involves 78 lobbyists in 34 states, up from four lobbyists a year ago, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Fantasy Sports Legislation Activity Across The Country Remains Positive (US – Fantasy Sports)
Digital Journal (February 16, 2016) Fantasy sports fans are continuing to see incredible momentum across the nation with State legislatures advancing positive regulation of fantasy sports.
Legal Sports Betting Push Goes On (US – Fantasy Sports)
Gaming Today (February 16, 2016) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has become a good friend of legal sports betting and, by extension, an ally of those anxious to see the business legally extended beyond Nevada’s borders.
Maryland Moves To Tighten Fantasy Sports Regulations With New Bills (MD – Fantasy Sports)
Gaming Intelligence (February 16, 2016) Maryland lawmakers have moved to strengthen the state’s fantasy sports regulations with new bills introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives making a number of major changes to the current regulatory framework.
Hawaii Bills Would Legalize Fantasy Sports Sites, Lottery (HI – Fantasy Sports)
CBS47 (February 16, 2016) Hawaii is one of two states, along with Utah, with no legal gambling. The Aloha State has some of the strictest anti-gambling laws in the country, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said. But state legislators have introduced a bill in both the House and Senate that would legalize online fantasy sports contests in light of Hawaii's growing appetite for legal gaming.
Existing Maine Casinos Mobilize To Block New Competition (ME – Casino Proposals)
The Boston Globe (February 16, 2016) For years, dreams of opening lucrative new casinos here have run into opposition from the state’s two existing casinos and the cadre of well-connected lobbyists bent on protecting them from competition.
Amaya To Combine PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker Into Single Site (US – Internet Poker)
Online Poker Report (February 16, 2016) Amaya will merge liquidity between PokerStars and Full Tilt in the spring of 2016, OPR has confirmed. The Full Tilt brand itself will likely continue to be marketed. PokerTube was first to report that significant change are underway at Full Tilt.
Tribe To Move Forward On Marijuana Facility After Failed Bill (SD – Tribal Enterprise)
Argus Leader (February 16, 2016) After failing to gain the support of a legislative panel Tuesday, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe will turn its gazes to the federal level in an attempt to re-open its shuttered marijuana grow facilities.
Tribe In Limbo As NJ Does Double Take On Recognition (NJ – Tribal Recognition)
Law360 (February 16, 2016) A suit by a New Jersey tribe claiming the state has reneged on its official acknowledgment of the group illustrates the confusion that can crop up around state recognition as tribes navigate a state's particular process to achieve and maintain that status for the sake of potentially uncertain benefits.
First Native American Woman Appointed Judge In U.S. District Court (AZ – Court Appointments)
UPI.com (February 16, 2016) The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of the first Native American woman as judge of a U.S. District Court. Diane Humetewa, a Hopi, was one of a confirmation of six judges to the federal court bench in Arizona on Monday.