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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, June 01, 2016

"Our goal is for gaming revenues to be part of the final budget package … We wanted to kind of test it out in May, but obviously when we come back in June it will be full guns a-blazing trying to get a budget done, and that will be part of that process." Dave Reed, PA House Majority Leader, in the Philly Inquirer. --- "This is a casino game (Keno) … The lottery argues this is a lottery game, but it's in casinos all over the country." Robert Steele, Former CT Congressman, in the Courant.


Legal Issues Remain Unresolved In Sioux City Casino Dispute (IA—Tribal Casino)
Fairfield Citizen (May 31, 2016) Legal issues remain unresolved following the Iowa Supreme Court's decision not to rule on the closure of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino. Last week the high court rejected the Belle of Sioux City's request to review an Iowa Appeals Court decision.
Washoe Tribe And Poarch Band Celebrate Opening Of Unique Casino (NV—Tribal Casino)
Indianz (May 31, 2016) The Wa She Shu Casino officially opened for business on Thursday. The facility -- located at the tribe's travel plaza near Garnerville, Nevada -- is the result of a unique partnership with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from Alabama.
Connecticut Rolls Out Keno (CT—Gambling Dispute)
Courtant (May 31, 2016) The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has begun rolling out keno gambling in bars, restaurants and retailers across the state. And so far the launch has been far less contentious than the debate that rankled legislators.
State Complaints On Card Games Spur Legal Fight (FL—Gambling Dispute)
CBS (May 31, 2016) Gambling regulators and a pari-mutuel operator at odds over the legality of popular card games, first authorized by the state more than four years ago, pitched their cases to an administrative law judge on Tuesday.
Alabama Legislature Ends Session at Impasse Over Gaming (AL—Gaming Regulation)
Nat Law Review (May 31, 2016) The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on May 4, 2016, without adopting gaming measures which could have shored up its beleaguered budgets. The Legislature failed to act on two lottery bills, both proposing to amend Alabama’s anti-lottery law.
New York’s State Of Mind On Fantasy Sports, Online Poker In Legislature (NY—Gaming Regulation)
US Poker (May 31, 2016) New York has just over two weeks left on its legislative calendar before calling it quits for the summer. This year has seen unprecedented action on online gambling, including bills that would regulate online poker and daily fantasy sports.
Fate Of Pennsylvania Online Gambling Amendments Likely To Be Decided Next Week (PA—Gaming Regulation)
Online Poker Report (May 31, 2016) The do-over will take place after lawmakers asked that both amendments be reconsidered, pointing out the bafflement surrounding the votes. Both motions to reconsider passed by wide margins, and are tentatively scheduled to be reconsidered on June 6, the first day the Pennsylvania legislature is back in session.
Expanded Gaming On The Table For Budget Talks (PA—Gaming Expansion)
Philly Inquirer (May 31, 2016) If proponents of expanded gambling have their way, Pennsylvania may fill part of its looming budget gap with income from round-the-clock cocktails in casinos, slots machine in airports, and wagers made legally on phones and laptops.
Mississippi Governor Signs Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Passed by Legislature (MS—Fantasy Sports)
Nat Law Review (May 31, 2016) In a somewhat surprising move, the 2016 Mississippi Legislature approved a bill legalizing daily fantasy sports in the state. On May 12, 2016, Governor Phil Bryant signed the legislation with the bill becoming law effective from and after its passage.
DFS Bills Introduced In New York (NY—Fantasy Sports)
Compatible Poker (May 31, 2016) Despite a strongly worded opinion by the New York Attorney General that daily fantasy sports are considered illegal in the state, two pro-DFS politicians are pushing for laws to introduce regulation bills in the Assembly and Senate.
Native American leaders say fight to change Washington Redskins mascot continues (US—Tribal Mascots)
WRVO (May 31, 2016) A recent poll from the Washington Post found that 90 percent of 504 Native Americans whom were surveyed are not bothered by the use of the term redskin, but that is not stopping an effort to change the Washington NFL team's name.
Iowa Pulls Pipeline Permit Amid Tribal Land Conflict (IA—Tribal News)
Midwest Energy News (May 31, 2016) Federal and state authorities withdraw a construction permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Iowa to investigate reports it crosses sacred tribal burial grounds. The Dakota Access developer seeks to dismiss lawsuits from Iowa landowners over the company's use of eminent domain.