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NC Legislative Update: May 2017 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Following the passage of the Senate budget proposal last week, the Senate had a fairly light calendar this week. The House continued to work while House budget writers draft their own budget proposal. The...more

Battle Over Controversial Student Art in U.S. Capitol Lands in Court—First Amendment in Focus Again

by Sullivan & Worcester on

For several weeks earlier this year, an odd battle was waged in the halls of the U.S. Capitol over a controversial work of art by a high school student placed there after an art competition in St. Louis. At issue is whether...more

New Challenge to Daily Fantasy Sports in New York

A group of New York citizens backed by the anti-gambling group Stop Predatory Gambling has filed a lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo challenging the constitutionality of the bill that legalized daily fantasy...more

Oh, What Schemes of Glory This Business of Gambling Gives Birth To

by PretiFlaherty on

Article 48, an amendment to the Massachusetts constitution adopted in 1918, states that “the people reserve to themselves the popular initiative, which is the power of a specified number of voters to submit constitutional...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 57-61

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is the second post in our California Ballot 2016 series – providing the “nutshell” versions of each of the 17 state-wide measures voters must decide in November. Please refer to our first post in the series: Props 51-56,...more

Appeals Court Says “No” to Sports Betting in New Jersey

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling denying New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports betting in the State. The ongoing league battle has pitted several professional sports associations against the...more

Third Circuit: Federal Law Did Not Commandeer States To Act in Violation of Constitution

Can the federal government at times and, in all places, commandeer the states to act in a certain way? “Commandeering” refers to a federal requirement that state officials enact, administer, or enforce a federal regulatory...more

Texas Film Commission Permitted to Slice and Dice Financial Incentives to Machete Films

It’s been a disappointing few months for Machete, Danny Trejo’s “Mexploitation” character created by Robert Rodriguez. After making powerful enemies in Mexico, former Federale Machete found himself a day laborer and...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Delays Passage of a Tax Conformity Bill - The Appropriations Committee worked on...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update

by Dentons on

The Georgia General Assembly closed out the second week of the legislature’s two-year session Friday, busying itself with the governor’s budget recommendations and consideration of a host of controversial religious liberty...more

Another Bill to Expand the Wire Act: Bad Law Clothed in a Lie

by Ifrah PLLC on

This past week’s focus on the presence of the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol (and elsewhere) brought back to the fore the specter of “states’ rights” – the seemingly high-minded excuse...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 9

by Dickinson Wright on

SHOULD THERE BE A “LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION” TO DISPUTED INDIAN TRUST APPLICATIONS? Recent actions in Arizona and Indiana suggest that there is a new approach to local government opposition to Indian tribal applications for...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 5: North Fork Tribe Sues State For Compact In Latest Chapter Of Gaming Saga

by Dickinson Wright on

By the summer of 2014, it appeared that the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California had finally made it over the last hurdle to begin construction of a Class III casino with 2,000 slot machines and 40 gaming tables...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 4

by Dickinson Wright on

IS GAMING IN THE CARDS FOR THE VOLUNTEER STATE? Dickinson Wright has learned that Tennessee House Representative Jason Powell has submitted a proposed constitutional amendment that could permit casino gaming in...more

Gaming Legal News - Volume 8 Number 1: Idaho Tribes And Community Leaders Seek To Limit "Instant Racing" Gaming Machines

by Dickinson Wright on

A popular and profitable form of gaming has sparked a controversy in Idaho between the state’s Indian tribes and horse racetracks. "Instant Racing" video slot machines replay the last seconds of horse races run in the past,...more

Governor Brown Is Not CEQA “Public Agency,” Holds Third District In Indian Casino Case

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a published decision filed September 24, 2014, the Third District Court of Appeal (per Justice Robie) held that CEQA’s definition of a “public agency” that is subject to its requirements (see Pub. Resources Code, § 21063)...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Denies Boston Mayor’s Request For Delay

by Goodwin on

The Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners unanimously agreed that the competition for the only Boston-area casino license will push on. On July 2, 2014, the Commission held a public hearing to discuss a request by Boston Mayor...more

Court Ruling Puts Massachusetts Casinos At Risk

by Goodwin on

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Abdow v. Attorney General rejected challenges to a ballot initiative seeking the effective repeal of Massachusetts’s 2011 gaming law, directing the measure to be included...more

Tribe Files Suit to Block California Compact Referendum

by Dickinson Wright on

The landmark ballot referendum proposing to reverse the California Legislature’s ratification of two off-reservation tribal casinos is being challenged in state court litigation seeking to block the referendum from appearing...more

Hold Your Bets: Third Circuit Rejects Sports Betting Law

The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA (the leagues) scored a significant victory in September in their ongoing lawsuit to prevent legalized gambling in the state of New Jersey. In a 2–1 decision, the U.S....more

Third Circuit Rejects New Jersey's Effort to Sanction Sports Wagering

Tony Soprano’s business is safe, for now — the Third Circuit recently invalidated New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports wagering because it violated a federal law that prohibits most states from licensing such activities....more

Divided Appeals Court Overturns N.J. Sports Betting Law: Is Supreme Court Next Stop?

by Ifrah PLLC on

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a district court decision from New Jersey invalidating New Jersey’s sports betting law. The decision marks a setback in New Jersey’s efforts to implement sports...more

Constitutional Amendments and the Role of the New York City Voter Guide

by Genova Burns LLC on

Six constitutional amendments have been certified for the New York statewide ballot in 2013....more

Appeals Court Hears Argument on N.J. Sports Betting Law, With Uncertain Outcome

by Ifrah PLLC on

Very lively oral arguments were held today, June 26, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on the New Jersey sports betting law, in a case that will have an enormous impact on the future of sports betting in the...more

Contributions and Casinos, Perfect Together?

by Genova Burns LLC on

Long ago, New Jersey said no. As for New York, a Constitutional amendment will be on the ballot this year to authorize casino gambling....more

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