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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, February 24, 2016

“To us, this is a community project. We want to reach out to community organizations, citizens and businesses in Elk Grove to get their input and feedback before we can make a final decision on (a) location.” Raymond Hitchcock, Wilton Rancheria tribal chair, said of the various location options for the tribe’s proposed casino, in Elk Grove Citizen Online --- “As far as the economic aspect of it, it’s big. So, then the question is what is the social impact to the community? That’s one I’m not so sure on yet. I like the community center, I like the outdoor concert venue, I don’t mind the hotel, but do we want gaming? Is that true to a sort of Elk Grove traditional value? Other than a societal impact, as far as people’s opinion of gaming, the benefits to me far outweigh, because most of the physical impacts, traffic and these types of things, they will have to pay mitigation for.” Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume said that he has received varying opinions regarding a casino being located in Elk Grove, in Elk Grove Citizen

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, February 23, 2016

“The Florida Constitution prohibits any ‘lottery’ statewide, ‘other than the types of pari-mutuel pools authorized by law as of’ its effective date.’ As of the Constitution’s effective date, slot machines were not authorized by law in Florida. Under the plain meaning of the word ‘lottery,’ a slot machine is a lottery.” U.S. Senator Bob Graham wrote regarding Florida’s Gretna Racing court case, which is trying to get a slots permit in a rural community, in the Miami Herald --- “Assemblyman Adam Gray’s AB 2863 calls for race tracks in California to receive up to $60 million in revenue sharing per year from online poker operators, in exchange for the horse racing industry not being in the space. Under the proposal, only tribal casinos and card rooms could be online poker operators. Service providers, like a PokerStars, would also be allowed in thanks to partnerships with operators.” CardPlayer.com on the new California online poker bill, which would legalize real-money online poker

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, February 22, 2016

“I wanted there to be an understanding of what’s at stake. There hasn’t been a lot of discussion and this is complicated. We have a lot of strong personalities on this committee, so the fact we were able to get a bill out says a lot.” Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee Chairman James Bradley said of the Seminole Compact with Florida in GGB News

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, February 19, 2016

“I was led to believe that the Legislature was not interested in taking action on such compacts, which is relevant to whether (the state) has negotiated in good faith. However, (the state) has not offered any information on the result of the working group referenced in Senator de Leòn's letter.” U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley ordered California state and the Enterprise Rancheria tribe to conclude a compact within 60 days, in Appeal Democrat --- “My tribe agrees that consumer protection should be a primary concern of this industry, because responding to consumer demand in a regulated, compliant, and helpful manner is the essence of consumer protection—and that is what we do. Efforts to impose additional regulations would significantly obstruct access to credit and reduce or eliminate consumer choices for meeting unexpected financial obligations.” Sherry Treppa, chairperson of Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, discussed proposed payday lending regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in The Washington Free Beacon

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, February 18, 2016

“We either craft the future of gaming here, amongst the elected officials, or we leave it to the arguments ... that courts will consider and litigation will work out.” Florida State Senator Rob Bradley R-Fleming Island, chair of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, which approved Seminole’s compact with Florida on a 8-4 vote, in Sun Sentinel --- “As we've seen in other states, there are judges, attorney generals, and governors that are weighing in – and instead of having one person unilaterally decide for an entire state, for millions of people who are enjoying themselves with daily fantasy sports. I think it's great that in Indiana, [the legislature is] taking the step where there's going to be 150 of us make that decision.” Indiana Rep. Alan Morrision (R - Terre Haute) on regulating the daily fantasy sports industry, in WNDU 16

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, February 17, 2016

“The big question is this: Is there an additional casino market in the Bay Area that hasn’t been fully tapped by existing casinos? If the answer is ‘yes,’ then it would certainly be a net plus for Sacramento and the Central Valley economy, which needs jobs and growth. For a casino to provide economic uplift to its surrounding area, it must pull in new customers and not simply siphon business from nearby casinos. Otherwise, you’re not creating new wealth. You’re just moving money around.” Alan Mallach, who studied the effects of casinos on communities as a fellow with the Brookings Institution, said of the Wilton Rancheria proposal, in The Sacramento Bee --- “What we're doing is taking calculated steps forward. We're working with the state Legislature and trying to go to the federal level. We're working on both avenues to try to get stronger support and it's still a strong priority of the tribe to make this a viable economic opportunity.” South Dakota Flandreau Santee Sioux tribal attorney Seth Pearman said of the tribe’s attempt to re-open its shuttered marijuana grow facilities, in Argus Leader

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, February 16, 2016

“Every shift (in the proposal) is going to lose a vote and gain a vote. I believed the House package could prevail on the floor but it would be a very close vote. The proposed numbers are indeed staggering -- it’s money that can go to education and health care and critical infrastructure.” Florida Rep. Jose Diaz (R-Miami), one of two lawmakers charged with the task of crafting a mega gambling deal with the Seminole tribe that can win favor in the House and Senate, in Herald Tribune --- “Chinese gaming powerhouse Ourgame is in the early stages of developing a permanent eSports arena that would likely be housed within a Las Vegas Strip casino. If one came to the Strip, it would probably function similar to the company’s Beijing version, where a 200-seat arena also comprises a broadcast studio, hundreds of gaming stations, and more. That sort of permanent presence would go a long way toward increasing engagement of millennials in Las Vegas.” Chris Grove on the possibility of an eSports arena coming to the Las Vegas Strip, in Legal Sports Report

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, February 12, 2016

“There are a lot of egos involved in this issue, both in the legislature and outside, There's also a lot of people who, if they truly wanted to get a bill passed, I think would have a more collaborative attitude toward it ... For whatever reason, people inside the legislature and outside seem to be too focused on their own power politics or egos to come together." California Assemblyman Mike Gatto in Poker News --- “I remain concerned that the CFPB is developing its proposed action in a vacuum without consulting with tribes to learn about the innumerable tools that we have developed to ensure that we conduct business in a manner that is fair, responsible, compliant and benefits our tribal members and the American consumer.” Sherry Treppa, Chairperson of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, in PR Newswire

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, February 11, 2016

“As IHS responds to an expanded mission -- from an increasing patient population to new requirements for health information technology to the federal government's commitment to honor the sovereign rights of tribes by fully funding contract support costs -- these resources are necessary to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.” Robert McSwain, the principal deputy director at the IHS, said of President Obama’s budget request to increase IHS funds 6.5 percent above the current level, in Indianz.com --- “I know it is a tough conversation in the community. It has been a tradition for such a long time, but it is the law. It is a tough law. No matter what the change, in our memories they’ll always be Redskins.” Former Tulare County Supervisor and former CA Assemblywoman Connie Conway said of the Tulare Union High School’s mascot change, Visalia Times-Delta

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, February 10, 2016

“No one wants to play a game where the rules of the game change state by state. Prohibition doesn’t work. It didn’t work in poker. It didn’t work with alcohol. It doesn’t work with a host of other ranges of industry. Prohibition with daily fantasy sports is not the answer.” Steven Miller, who has organized the Daily Fantasy Sports Players Alliance to represent players across the country, said Reason.com --- “The Florida House Regulatory Affairs Committee approved the [proposed Seminole compact] agreement by a 12-6 vote, with a mix of Democrats and Republicans on either side. That mixed vote illustrates why the deal has had such a hard time in the Legislature — competing interests between anti-gambling groups, pari-mutuel casinos, horse and dog breeders, the Seminole tribe, and many more have put lawmakers into a variety of camps that support parts of, or none of, the agreement.” Florida Sun Sentinel on the new, proposed Seminole compact with Florida, which passed from the House Regulator Affairs Committee this weekbbgfc v

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, February 9, 2016

“Existing law requires government entities including the U.S. Postal service and law enforcement to allow members of ONAC to possess, use and transport sacred medicines for spiritual and healing use regardless of whether or not those medicines and sacraments are otherwise controlled substances.” The Oklevueha Native American Church posted on its Facebook page regarding the U.S. Post Office’s recent confiscation of the church’s sacramental cannabis --- “Nevada has always been the epicenter for global gaming entertainment, regulation, and innovation. There is no better place in the world to host this important conversation than Nevada, and I look forward to working with this Committee and its stakeholders to continue to set the pace and standards for the global gaming industry.” Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on his decision to convene the Gaming Policy Committee to discuss daily fantasy sports, among other issues, in Las Vegas Review Journal

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, February 8, 2016

“They don’t like the fact that there would be this sovereign land right in their backyard that would not be subject to all the same rules — taxation and other things that they are — they think that’s unfair and maybe it is. But the reality is that the Lyttons almost certainly qualify for trust status, based on everything we know.” California Representative Jared Huffman said of his bill that would create a homeland for the Lytton tribe adjacent to Windsor, in The Press Democrat --- “The court held that any agreement that rejects the application of federal law can’t be enforced. At the margin, this decision may actually reduce Indian tribes’ sovereignty. Whether it will help protect consumers from predatory lenders will depend on how other courts cite it.” Noah Feldman on a federal ruling of Hayes v. Delbert, which addresses tribal payday lending and arbitration rights of borrowers, in Bloomberg View

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, February 5, 2016

“It’s not like going to the casino and slapping down money on the roulette table. You study the players. You look at who they’re playing. You make decisions. I would consider it more like the stock market than going to the casino. For our purposes, we’re talking about considering it a game of skill as opposed to a game of chance.” Missouri State Representative Scott Fitzpatrick, in Missouri Net --- “We are very excited about this partnership that will help us extend our brand beyond Southern California while giving our players the opportunity to engage with Pechanga anytime on any device and from anywhere in the world.” Patrick Murphy, President of the Pechanga Development Corporation, in a press release

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, February 4, 2016

“Tribal leaders have been pursuing the Twin Cities Road land for years, but part of the federally required environmental process includes looking at alternative sites. The tribe’s first preferred alternative site is near its rancheria on Wilton Road by the Cosumnes River. That site is outside of Sacramento County’s urban services boundary, meaning it's not served by county water, sewer or drainage services. The next alternative site outlined in the draft environmental study is Elk Grove's unfinished mall at the northwest corner of Highway 99 and Kammerer Road.” Sacramento Business Journal on the proposed Wilton Rancheria Miwok casino project land sites --- “We have had discussions with the Wilton Rancheria Tribal Council regarding a possible sale of the northern parcel. Should an agreement be reached, the Wilton Rancheria Tribe and The Howard Hughes Corporation will work to deliver two unique development projects side-by-side that will generate jobs, provide revenue to the City of Elk Grove and create a premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination for people in the region to enjoy.” A statement from the Howard Hughes Corporation on the Wilton Rancheria Miwok casino project’s possibility of moving from Galt to Elk Grove, in Sacramento Business Journal

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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

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