California First Nations People announce Daily Fantasy Sports legislation concerns

California First Nations People announce Daily Fantasy Sports legislation concerns

Two powerful Californian First Nations tribes have gone public with their fears over proposed daily fantasy sports legislation.

Leaders of the Morongo Band and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have written to California Assemblyman Adam Grey expressing their worries over the speed with which Gray’s DFS bill is preceding through the state legislature.

Gray is the author of AB 1437 which seeks to regulate, license and tax DFS activity in the state. The bill rushed through the California Assembly last month by a margin of 62-1.

In expressing his fears to Gray, Morongo chairman Robert Martin explained that his tribe was, “very concerned that a retrospective approval of a form of gaming that is otherwise illegal, simply because it is popular, is a very dangerous precedent.”

Meanwhile, San Manuel chairwoman Lynn Valbuena noted that the apparent rush to regulate DFS stood in contradiction to the glacial approach that California has adopted with regard to online poker legislation.

Both the San Manuel and Morongo bands have aligned with Amay Gaming’s PokerStars brand to press legislators to approve online poker in California.

It remains to be seen what happens when AB1437 comes up for discussion in the state Senate later in the year.

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