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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, May 4, 2016

“The 68th Student Senate does not condone the wearing of headdresses because it inaccurately depicts the culture of the Seminole Tribe and we request that the wearing of headdresses no longer be permitted in any arena or FSU sanctioned event, FSU Student Senate, In the Miami Herald --- "All we're seeking is for the citizens of Rosebud to get what they've been promised here. We're not suing because the emergency room was shut down. We're suing because [the federal government] under law is required to deliver an open emergency room that provides reasonable medical care. The emergency room has been closed for five months — how long has the standard of care been below the acceptable standard and therefore below the promises that have been made to the tribe?" Timothy Purdon, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Attorney, in AllGov
Legislature Needs To Protect Online Poker Players (CA—Online Gaming)
SacBee (May 3, 2016) The Sacramento Bee’s editorial opposing a bill to legalize online poker in California (“Legislators, casino interests smell money,” April 29) demonstrates a lack of understanding and dangerously ignores the one issue the state’s poker players want and deserve the most – basic consumer protections.
Michigan Continues Sprint To Online Gambling With May 4th Committee Hearing (MI—Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (May 3, 2016) The Regulatory Reform Committee in the Michigan Senate will hold a hearing on May 4 to discuss two gambling bills submitted by Senator Mike Kowall (R).
SB 889 creates a Lawful Internet Gaming Act which will allow state to offer regulated online poker and casino games.
Massachusetts Gaming Update: Commission Rejects Application For Resort Casino In Brockton (MA—Tribal Casino)
JDSupra (May 3, 2016) The wait is over and the decision is in. On Thursday, April 28, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4-1 against awarding a commercial license to Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC to build a resort casino in Brockton.
Cowlitz Tribe To Hire From Within Local Community As Construction Continues With Casino (WA—Tribal Casino)
World Casino Directory (May 3, 2016) The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington will be hiring approximately 1,000 people to work at its up and coming $510 million casino resort in Clark County. The Columbian was told by tribal leaders that while they plan to hire many residents from the local community to fill positions at the facility, members of the tribe would get first priority.
Sioux Tribe Accuses Government of Underfunding Native American Health Care (US—Tribal Dispute)
AllGov (May 3, 2016) The Rosebud Sioux Tribe blames Washington for a health care crisis that led to the recent shuttering of an emergency room on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. The tribe sued (pdf) the Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs on April 28, citing the Dec. 5, 2015, closing of the Rosebud Hospital's emergency room.
Federal Schools for Native American Students Are Crumbling. Here’s How to Fix Them. (US—Tribal Schools)
Huffington Post (May 3, 2016) Classrooms and hallways so cold children wear coats all day. Ceilings that leak year round. Buckled floors and broken doorways. A science classroom so poorly ventilated it can’t be used for chemistry experiments.
FSU Student Government Votes To Ban Headdresses (FL—Tribal Mascots)
MiamiHerald (May 3, 2016) Florida State University fans who don feathered headgear in support of their school mascot no longer have the backing of the student government. Last month, the university’s student senate voted on a resolution banning the gear — not native to Seminoles — from school events.
Backlash Against Strange’s Crackdown On Fantasy Sports Begins (AL—Fantasy Sports)
Yellow Hammer News (May 2, 2016) Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced last week that FanDuel and DraftKings had reached a settlement to cease all operations in the state starting May 2. Both companies are now required to block access from any Alabama-based IP address and must process requests to withdraw account balances within seven business days.
Another State Bans Fantasy Sports Sites For Violating Gambling Laws (ID—Fantasy Sports)
ABA Journal (May 3, 2016) The agreement leaves open the possibility that the Idaho legislature may change its existing laws to allow and regulate online fantasy betting sites. Currently, the Idaho constitution does permit a state lottery, bingo, raffles and pari-mutuel betting, a common example of which would be horse races.
Some States Seek Payday In Daily Fantasy Sports Sites (US—Fantasy Sports)
Sun Herald (May 3, 2016) At a time when state taxes from traditional gambling like lotteries and casinos are flat or declining, a majority of states are now seeking to regulate -- and possibly raise revenue from -- daily fantasy sports sites.