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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, February 3, 2016

“We’re all realists here; people gamble everywhere. So if we can regulate it properly and benefit from it; get some of the proceeds to help our most needy; then at the end of the day it’s a win-win.” Hawaii Representative and Vice Speaker John Mizuno has proposed a bill that would regulate and license daily fantasy sports and a state lottery, in Casino.org --- “My first inclination is to not regulate the industry. I’m a free-market person, and I don’t see value in the regulation of occupations and businesses unless there’s a need to protect the public. However, the industry, through some of its leading brands and its trade association, wants to see a minimum of regulation in Oklahoma. It makes me uncomfortable to carry a regulatory bill, but a cross-section of the industry wants to see this happen.” Oklahoma State Senator David Holt, who is sponsoring consumer protection bill HR 2278, in Non Doc

A disagreement between the city of Galt and the Wilton Rancheria Miwok Tribe over a proposed casino, shown in this rendering, is making an alternate site in Elk Grove look more attractive.

Spat With Galt Could Drive Wilton Rancheria To Seek Location In Elk Grove (CA – Casino Proposals)

Sacramento Business Journal (February 2, 2016) Recent moves by the city of Galt are making Elk Grove look like a better spot for the proposed $500 million Wilton Rancheria Miwok casino project, said tribal chairman Raymond Hitchcock.

Sonoma County Officials Defend Windsor Deal With Lytton Tribe (CA – Tribal Relations)

The Press Democrat (February 1, 2016) The Lytton Rancheria’s proposed housing development on the outskirts of Windsor was the topic of more heated debate Monday night, as Sonoma County officials defended an agreement they struck with the tribe in exchange for a number of concessions, including a pledge not to build a casino.

Deal Struck On Klamath Dam Removal (CA – Water Rights)

Record Searchlight (February 2, 2016) Federal and state officials, along with the owner of four dams on the Klamath River, have agreed to move forward with a plan to remove the dams.

Pechanga Resort & Casino And Ruby Seven Studios Pen Social Casino Content Agreement (CA – Online Gaming)

Casino News Daily (February 2, 2016) Pechanga Resort & Casino owners and social casino gaming developer Ruby Seven Studios announced a joint project for the creation, launch, and promotion of new online social casino content.

Amaya Inc. Said It Received A Non-Binding Proposal From Chief Executive David Baazov (Int. – Online Gaming)

Inside Trade (February 2, 2016) Montreal-based Amaya warned in November that its 2015 profit would be hurt by a strong U.S. dollar and the delay in the launch of its sportsbook.

Online Gambling Potential In Cuba (Int. – Online Gaming)

Online-Casinos.com (February 2, 2016) The use of the internet in some countries has grown exponentially in recent years and the trend to gamble online has grown along with the introduction of broadband.

If The “Party” Is Over For Borgata, What Does It Mean For NJ Online Poker? (NJ – Internet Poker

Online Poker Report (February 2, 2016) A shakeup could be afoot in the New Jersey online gaming market. A shakeup, that if it occurs, would be the largest the industry has experienced to date.

High Stakes Gambling Battle Headed To Florida Capitol (FL – State Compacts)

Local 10 (February 2, 2016) Florida Gov. Rick Scott, flanked by Seminole Chief Jim Billie and other tribal leaders, was in HollywoodMonday to unveil a $1.8 billion hotel plan for the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, that included a visually stunning 36-story guitar-shaped hotel and $100 million worth of swimming pools.

Hawaii Proposes Lottery And DFS As Old Gambling Attitudes Thaw (HI – State Lotteries)

Casino.org (February 2, 2016) Could Hawaii, rivaled only by Utah as America’s least gambling-friendly state, be on the verge of legalizing lottery and DFS contests?

Industry, Legislators Seek Daily Fantasy Sports Regulation (OK – Fantasy Sports)

Non Doc (February 2, 2016) As states like New York and Texas weigh in over the legality of daily fantasy sports, some Oklahoma legislators are supporting a bill that provides basic regulation of the burgeoning industry.

Wagner Sees Lawmakers “Eventually” Wading Into Fantasy Sports (MA – Fantasy Sports)

Gloucester Times (February 2, 2016) Since daily fantasy sports (DFS) erupted into the public consciousness at the beginning of the NFL football season, legislative leaders have expressed interest in regulating and possibly taxing fantasy sports wagering, but so far no lawmaker has filed legislation to address the topic.

Indiana Considers DFS Regulation Bills Progress (IN – Fantasy Sports)

iGaming Business (February 2, 2016) Indiana has joined the expanding list of US states considering regulating daily fantasy sports (DFS) games, with a number of bills having been put forward.