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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, December 18, 2015

“There are so many questions surrounding fantasy sports, which have grown in popularity. We just need to give the proper regulating ability here in New York to protect the consumers and make sure that people aren't being taken advantage of, and the Gaming Commission is the appropriate place to do it.” New York Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Signed On To A Bill Thursday That Would Give The State Gaming Commission Jurisdiction Over Fantasy Sports, Which Will Allow It To Regulate Them As It Does Horse Racing Or The State Lottery, In The Journal News --- “I’d like to apologize to the players for my complete failure to be able to help in any way with the recent PokerStars VIP changes. With @RealKidPoker eventually failing as well I no longer feel I can represent the company and I have now left Team Pro Online. Thanks for the messages of support, I would reply individually but don’t want to act like this is a celebration when it’s really a failure.” High Stakes Poker Player Alex Millar Tweeted On December 15, 2015 As He Resigned From PokerStars, In Calvinayre.Com

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, December 17, 2015

“We want to work with you to ensure that fantasy contests are legal, safe for consumers and continue to provide the same great entertainment value that has driven our growth over the past few years.” Cory Fox, FanDuel’s Counsel For Policy And Government Affairs, In The Sacramento Bee --- “We’re not saying don’t do something. We’re just saying take it in a reasonable, careful way to make sure you understand the business. What are the things you’re concerned about? And that’s where you should regulate.” Martha Coakley, The Former Massachusetts Attorney General Who Is Now Working As Legal Counsel For DraftKings, In The Sacramento Bee

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, December 16, 2015

“It’s just wrong to continue to require racing at facilities so they can lose a substantial sum of money doing it. It’s like you have two franchises for McDonald’s and one is losing money and the other isn’t, but they say you have to keep both of them open.” Gulfstream Park And Calder Race Course Lobbyist Wilbur Brewton On Deoupling Of Dog And Horse Races In Florida, In New Service Of Florida --- “Especially during this holiday season, our number one priority right now is to get the card room reopened so that our 300+ employees can get back to work and providing for their families.” Dan Hom, A Public Relations Consultant For Seven Mile Casino, Which Was Raided By FBI Agents Last Week, In ABC 7 San Diego

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, December 15, 2015

“This compact represents an unprecedented level of cooperation between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, including the largest revenue share guarantee in history at $3 billion … I have executed this compact after months of collaboration, negotiations, and discussion.” Florida Governor Rick Scott Said Of The Recently Signed 20-Year Compact With The Seminole Tribe, In GGB News --- “Currently the tribes and the state have a number of significant gaming-related issues on the table. I look forward to bringing the expertise and good will of the tribes to resolve these issues in a manner that is likewise fair for all concerned, and respectful of the public interest." Recently-Elected CNIGA Chairman Steve Stallings, Councilmember Of The Rincon Band Of Luiseño Indians, In Pechanga.net

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, December 14, 2015

“Levine wants to outlaw daily fantasy sports in California. We can’t let that happen, but it will take fans like you speaking up to protect the game we love.” DraftKings Emailed Its Followers In Reaction To CA Assemblyman Levine’s Letter To California AG Kamala Harris, In The Sacramento Bee --- “I’m not interested in telling people what they can and can’t do. It is clear that people are doing this and people like to do it. We need to make sure there are protections.” CA Assemblyman Adam Gray, Chair Of The Governmental Organization Committee, Who Introduced A Bill To Regulate Fantasy Sports Betting, In The Sacramento Bee

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, December 11, 2015

“The result is now anything connected to the Internet — desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones — no matter your age, potentially becoming a casino. I've got a problem with that. I think the country's got a problem with that, and it certainly needs vetting and discussion.” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Who Chairs The House Oversight And Government Reform Committee, In Poker News --- “We wanted to provide a fantasy game that was accessible to all sports fans. Fantasy sports has lost its way by allowing gameplay that caters to professionals instead of sports fans. We think this makes for a poor experience.” John Levy, Founder And CEO Of TheScore, In Forbes

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, December 10, 2015

“I do want to get into the Attorney General’s allegations… He offers no facts… He offers no statistical evidence.” DraftKings Counsel Jonathan Schiller Criticizing New York Attorney General Schneiderman’s Fantasy Sports Ban, In Fortune --- “It strengthens the government-to-government relationship between the tribe and the state government. We worked to negotiate a compact with the state that was an official government-to-government relationship, and to look at making sure we got to keep the tax revenue because we’re operating here and the tax revenue should come to us. It’s more money that goes into essential government services for us.” Robin Sigo, A Member Of The Suquamish Tribal Council, In The Stranger

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, December 9, 2015

“In addition to concerns related to the political process, it is essential to recognize that the United States Congress and numerous courts have repeatedly acknowledged the Secretary of the Interior’s authority to extend recognition to tribal nations.” President Of The United South And Eastern Tribes Brian Patterson Said Of The Tribal Recognition Act, An Attempt To Demolish The Authority Of The BIA, In The CT Mirror --- “We're not here to litigate the legality of fantasy sports. That is in the courts right now, and regardless of the outcome of that case, what we're interested in … is in regulations, licensure, consumer protection.” Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, Chairman Of The Assembly's Racing And Wagering Committee, In Politico New York "I believe we have the talent to bring a revolutionary process to the fantasy sports industry." Sports Book Pioneer Vic Salerno, Who Applied For A Nevada Gaming License To Manage A Daily Fantasy Sports Business Through Nevada Casinos, In Las Vegas Review-Journal

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, December 8, 2015

“There was no notice, no letter, no nothing. Never in our whole time did anyone tell us we needed to be fingerprinted.” Gwendolyn Westbrook, CEO Of United Council Of Human Services, A Nonprofit That Operated A Bingo Hall Under The Radar For More Than Four Years Until It Was Shut Down In Late November, In San Jose Mercury News --- “If it’s not authorized, we’re kind of handcuffed to do any kind of consumer protection or demand any information until the Legislature decides what it wants to do. If it’s not defined as a game of skill and not specifically mentioned in the code, it is therefore gambling and illegal. It’s a very gray area of the law.” Senator Curtis Hertel Jr., D-East Lansing, Said Of Michigan’s Decision To Review The Legality Of Daily Fantasy Sports Sites, in The Detroit News

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, December 7, 2015

“This is an election for delegates to a private convention, among a community of indigenous people for purposes of exploring self-determination, that will not — and cannot — result in any federal, state or local laws or obligations by itself.” U.S. District Court Judge Michael Seabright’s Decision In October That Allowed The Hawaii Election To Proceed; He Ruled That The Election Is Private, And Private Elections Are Permitted To Limit Voter Eligibility By Race, In Aljazeera America --- "DraftKings customers do not place bets on events outside of their control; rather, they pay entry fees to participate in contests in which they each compete against other contestants by carefully crafting lineups, and their skill in doing so determines the contest's winners and losers." DraftKings Wrote In A Letter To The Georgia Lottery, Assuring That The Company Is Legal Under State Law, In NBC 11 Alive

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, December 4, 2015

“We considered building a big-box retail store, an industrial park, and even a corporate headquarters. At the end of the day, we are looking for a regional destination, as well as an opportunity to share the Ho-Chunk’s unique heritage as the original inhabitants of the Madison area. We aren’t just a casino on the outskirts of town. This is our homeland, and we have a bigger story to tell.” Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison Executive Manager Dan Brown, Who Hired Urban Assets, A Local Planning And Community Development Firm, To Conduct A High-Level Study On What Type Of Development Made The Most Sense For Both The Ho-Chunk Nation And The City Of Madison, In Madison Magazine --- “Today's order only continues the existing hold on counting and certifying votes until the Ninth Circuit appeal is concluded. The State has consistently supported Native Hawaiian self-governance. This is an independent election that may help chart the path toward a Native Hawaiian government.” Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, In Star Tribune “Na'i Aupuni stands by its commitment to provide a legal process for Native Hawaiians to elect leaders to convene to reorganize a government. We believe the process aligns with the U.S. Constitution and that the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ultimately will let the election process proceed.” Na’I Aupuni Leaders Said In A Statement, In Star Tribune

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, December 3, 2015

“The uptick in state examination of the issue coincided with the beginning of football season when the ads became nonstop. I expect this [coming] year we’re going to see a significant number of states that are going to try to regulate [daily fantasy sports], which is directly related to the fact that they have become so well-known in the past months.” Jonathan Griffin, A Gambling Specialist For The National Conference Of State Legislatures, In USA Today --- “I cannot adequately express how proud I feel today, when big plans and big dreams have finally come to fruition. The brick and mortar before us is certainly a milestone for the Poarch Creek Indians, but it also represents a team of people – both Tribal and non-Tribal – who worked together hand-in-hand to reach a common goal.” Stephanie Bryan, Tribal Chair/CEO Of The Poarch Band Of Creek Indians, Which Owns Wind Creek Montgomery, Wind Creek Wetumpka And Wind Creek Atmore, In North Escambia

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, December 2, 2015

“The alternative view, which would restructure the statute and change its meaning to allow slot machines to be deployed on a statewide basis without any clear authority to do so, is inconsistent with principles of statutory and constitutional construction, legislative intent, and the history of laws prohibiting slot machines in the state of Florida.” Judge Scott Makar, Who Wrote A Scathing Dissent Of A Florida Supreme Court’s Ruling That Racetracks Cannot Have Slot Machines Without Authorization From The Legislature, In CBS Miami “The counterclaim pertains to an issue, the status of the Nation’s reservation, that this court almost certainly will never decide. The Nation will receive the full measure of the practical relief it seeks by virtue of this court’s sovereign immunity holding, which the Second Circuit affirmed. That holding has nothing to do with reservation status. All that remains is to enter a permanent injunction. The court needs not decide any issue concerning the Nation’s reservation.” Cayugas’ Lawyers, Daniel French And Lee Alcott, Wrote In A Motion To Dismiss The Counterclaim Filed By County Legal Counsel Brian Laudadio, Who Is Seeking A Ruling That The Cayuga’s 64,027-Acre Reservation In Seneca And Cayuga Counties Has Been Disestablished And No Longer Exists, In Finger Lakes Times

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"[Amaya is] playing for different stakes. There's little reason for them to push the envelope legally in the United States, especially over daily fantasy sports, which would represent a drag on their bottom line at this stage." Editor Of Legal Sports Report Chris Grove Said Of Amaya, One Of The World’s Biggest Online Gambling Companies, And Fantasy Sports Legality, In The Associated Press --- “We are interested in making investments in downtown Palm Springs to ensure the continued vitality of an international destination. We are considering building this parking structure to enhance our guest experience and contribute to the local economy. It would create jobs in the near-term during construction, and it would ultimately create new opportunities for more visitors to travel to and enjoy our unique destination." Agua Caliente Band Of Cahuilla Indians Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe, In KESQ

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, November 30, 2015

“I really want to emphasize how much this project means to our community and to those who work at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino. This project isn’t just about making the Bike better, it’s about making Bell Gardens better as well. The city manager, council members and Mayor are just as passionate about the project as we are and it was a really good partnership. They understand what the hotel means to the community.” Bicycle Hotel & Casino CEO Hashem Minaiy In Card Player --- "Because the 63-acre parcel was already dedicated to tribal housing (in accord with the purpose of the federal funds allocated for its purchase), it was unavailable for economic development. The Department (of the Interior) was not required to spell out this obvious fact in the (record of decision), and it certainly was not required to second guess the tribe's choice of which land it wanted placed in trust." Government Lawyer Peter Kryn Kykema On The Colusa Casino Tribe’s Bid To Overturn A Decision Allowing Enterprise Rancheria To Open A Yuba County Casino, In Appeal Democrat

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