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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, February 24, 2016

“To us, this is a community project. We want to reach out to community organizations, citizens and businesses in Elk Grove to get their input and feedback before we can make a final decision on (a) location.” Raymond Hitchcock, Wilton Rancheria tribal chair, said of the various location options for the tribe’s proposed casino, in Elk Grove Citizen Online --- “As far as the economic aspect of it, it’s big. So, then the question is what is the social impact to the community? That’s one I’m not so sure on yet. I like the community center, I like the outdoor concert venue, I don’t mind the hotel, but do we want gaming? Is that true to a sort of Elk Grove traditional value? Other than a societal impact, as far as people’s opinion of gaming, the benefits to me far outweigh, because most of the physical impacts, traffic and these types of things, they will have to pay mitigation for.” Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume said that he has received varying opinions regarding a casino being located in Elk Grove, in Elk Grove Citizen
Gambling Insider (February 23, 2016) Another step towards the attempted regulation of real-money online poker in California was taken last week with the introduction of AB 2863 by assembly members Adam Gray and Reginald Jones-Sawyer.
Graton Rancheria: Letter To G.O. Chairman Adam Gray (CA – iPoker Legislation)
Pechanga.net (February 23, 2016) The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is strenuously opposed to AB 2863, your recently introduced internet gaming bill, as currently written. This bill would unfairly and unconstitutionally exclude Graton from entry into the internet poker market.
Elk Grove Remains An Option For Proposed Indian Casino Site (CA – Casino Proposals)
Elk Grove Citizen Online (February 23, 2016) The Wilton Rancheria continues to evaluate where it might establish Sacramento County’s first Indian casino. One option for the location of the project is a 28-acre site, along Highway 99, adjacent to the future mall, The Outlet Collection at Elk Grove, in the south part of Elk Grove.
California AG Reviewing Player-Banked Games In Card Rooms (CA – Card Rooms)
California Online Poker (February 23, 2016) According to a letter obtained by California Online Poker, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and her office are currently reviewing the player-dealer games that are currently being spread in licensed card rooms.
Enterprise Rancheria 'Gratified' By Judge's Casino Ruling (CA – Court Cases)
Appeal Democrat (February 23, 2016) Enterprise Rancheria officials wouldn't claim victory this week after a federal judge ruled the Legislature acted in bad faith in not approving a compact for the planned Yuba County casino.
Calif. Tribe Says High Court Ruling Doesn't End Land Claims (CA – Court Cases)
Law360 (February 23, 2016) The Mishewal Wappo Tribe told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling was irrelevant to its claim that the U.S. illegally terminated its land holdings more than 50 years ago, arguing that different laws are involved and that the Mishewal, unlike the tribe in the high court case, is alleging the government tricked it to avoid litigation.
Tribe Immune From Ex-Dealer’s Arbitration Bid, 9th Circ. Says (CA – Court Cases)
Law360 (February 23, 2016) The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that tribal sovereignty blocks an arbitration bid from a former table games dealer who says he was fired from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians’ casino in retaliation for acting as an informant in a criminal investigation.
FHA Says Tribes Can't Sue Feds Over Calif. Highway (CA – Court Cases)
Law360 (February 23, 2016) The Federal Highway Administration on Monday urged a California federal court to drop it from a lawsuit by Native American tribes seeking to intervene in a highway project so they can protect cultural sites, saying federal law requires that the tribes sue only the state.
U.S. Court Backs Native American Families In ACLU Suit (SD – Court Cases)
Wisconsin Gazette (February 23, 2016) A federal court has dealt another blow to defendants in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit over the rights of Native American families in South Dakota.
Ainsworth Prepares To Launch In Tribal Casino Markets (AZ – Tribal Gaming)
World Casino News (February 23, 2016) Ainsworth Game Technology’s intro into Indian gaming will happen at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention at the Phoenix Convention Center March 13-16 where it will display more than 50 slot machine titles.
Mississippi State Sen. Tindell’s Sports Fantasy Betting Bill Heads To Full Senate (MS – Fantasy Sports)
Y’All Politics (February 22, 2016) A bill passed out of a Senate committee would make sports fantasy betting legal in Mississippi. Senate Judiciary A Chairman Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport, filed Senate Bill 2541. It says a fantasy contest doesn't constitute gaming or gambling under Mississippi laws.
Virginia Poised To Be First State To Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports (VA – Fantasy Sports)
WAMU American University Radio (February 23, 2016) Lawmakers in the Virginia General Assembly are poised to make the Old Dominion the first state to legalize daily fantasy sports — online gaming where players assemble imaginary teams and put money on how they compete based on statistical performance.
Have Casinos Unlocked The Millennial Secret? (NV – Gaming Demographics)
NPR State of Nevada (February 23, 2016) A video game arena could be coming to the Strip. And the regional finals for World of Tanks – yes, another video game – is coming to the Downtown Grand. And then there’s the drone racing at Zappos.
Scott Tucker And Lawyer Plead Not Guilty In Payday Loan Case (NY – Payday Lending)
The Kansas City (February 23, 2016) Race car driver and payday loan mogul Scott Tucker pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges stemming from a federal crackdown on lenders that prey on poor people by charging interest rates that sometimes exceed 700 percent.
Yesterday's eBrief included an articled that mischaracterized California's plans regarding the Pauma Compact Case; that article has been updated.