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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, March 2, 2016

“The disappointing thing for me is that these decisions regarding gaming should be made here, in the Legislature amongst elected officials, not in a courtroom, not in an administrative hearing.” Florida Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) said of Senate Appropriation Committee’s move to table Florida’s compact with the Seminole Tribe, in The Tampa Bay Times --- “There are a lot of different factions in the Legislature, ranging from those who oppose gambling to those who want a massive, historically large expansion of gambling in Florida. There aren’t enough votes to pass the gambling bill, given all the infighting. While I can’t say the gambling bill is officially dead, other committee members say its return was unlikely.” Florida Senate Appropriations Chair tom Lee (R-Brandon) said of Florida’s stalled compact with the Seminole Tribe, in The Sun Sentinel
Chumash Tribe, County Return To Bargaining Table Thursday (CA – Tribal Land)
Lompoc Record (March 1, 2016) Talks between the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and an ad hoc subcommittee of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will continue Thursday. The discussion is expected to include a county compensation request for the tribe's 1,400-acre Camp 4 property, that asks the tribe pay 38 percent of the 1-percent market valuation for services, like fire protection.
Mark Pincus Is Out As CEO Of Zynga After Less Than A Year — And A Turnaround Expert Is In (CA – Online Gaming)
Business Insider (March 1, 2016) Mark Pincus has stepped down from his role as CEO of publicly-traded social game developer Zynga, less than a year after taking the reins in April 2015. He's staying with the company in a new role of executive chairman.
A Seminole Gambling Deal Could Be Dead After Postponement In Senate Committee (FL – State Compacts)
Sun Sentinel (March 1, 2016) A gambling deal is probably dead this session. Senate Appropriations Chair Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said the bill addressing the deal with the Seminoles was being postponed. He gave no reason why but in all likelihood it lacked the votes to pass.
Effort To Appease Pari-Mutuels Is Killing Seminole Compact (FL – State Compacts)
Florida Politics (March 1, 2016) If the Seminole Compact and related legislation doesn’t pass this session, lawmakers will have no one to blame but themselves, the tribe’s Tallahassee-based attorney said Tuesday.
Gambling Expansion All But Dead In Florida Legislature As Senate Postpones Action (FL – State Compacts)
Tampa Bay Times (March 1, 2016) Mired down by the prospect of uncertain court rulings and constant infighting by an aggressive industry, the Florida Senate signaled Tuesdaythat efforts to rewrite the state's gambling bills and ratify a gaming agreement with the Seminole Tribe may be dead for the legislative session.
DraftKings, FanDuel Collected $3b In Entry Fees Last Year, Analyst Says (MA – Fantasy Sports)
The Boston Globe (March 1, 2016) The country’s top daily fantasy sports companies attracted nearly $3 billion in player entry fees in 2015, more than triple from the previous year, even as pressure from regulators put the industry’s future in question.
Atlantic City Backers Decry North Jersey Casino Plan (NJ – Casino Expansion)
Philly.com (march 1, 2016) Pleas from Atlantic City business, political and community leaders that allowing casinos in northern New Jersey would devastate the already struggling seaside gambling resort failed Monday to stop New Jersey lawmakers from moving forward with plans for a statewide vote on the issue.
Lack Of Crossover 'Effectively Kills' HOPE-Funding Casino Bill In Georgia House (GE – Gambling Legislation)
The Red & Black (March 1, 2016) A bill pushing to expand gambling in Georgia in an attempt to increase funding for the HOPE Scholarship Program failed to cross from the Georgia House of Representatives to the Senate by the end of Crossover Day on Feb. 29.
Las Vegas Paiutes’ Newest Venture: Medical Marijuana (NV – Tribal Sovereignty)
Las Vegas Sun (March 1, 2016) The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe already runs a smoke shop downtown and a golf course in the northwest valley. Now a third business venture — in medical marijuana — is on the horizon.
Utah Bill To Replace Columbus Day With ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ Dies In Senate (UT – Tribal Images)
Fox 13 Now (March 1, 2016) After a fiery debate, the Utah State Senate defeated a bill that would have renamed Columbus Day as “Indigenous People’s Day.” “Our history did not start with Pioneer Day and the celebration we had there,” Senate Bill 170 sponsor Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, said.
Utah School District Cites ‘Supportive Relationship’ With Paiute Tribe After Backlash Over Native American-Themed Halftime Dance (UT – Tribal Images)
The Salt Lake Tribune (March 1, 2016) A recent halftime performance by the Cedar High School drill team is generating accusations of insensitivity for its depiction of Native American dress and culture.