Friday, June 19, 2020

Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro Says SCA 6 "Putting Mascara on.." a Lipsticked Pig


Mark Macarro, tyrannical chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, participated in a webinar Wednesday discussing the tribal perspective on SCA 6.
He dismissed the proposed changes to the bill sent to tribal leaders by Dodd the previous day.
“You’ve heard the expression lipstick on a pig? This adds the mascara on the same pig. It just got worse, is what happened. It talks about enforcement language, which is really enforcing the games the cardrooms will play, but after they get to legalize the illegal things they’re doing now.”
The proposed changes are intended to address two main tribal concerns through additional cardroom restrictions and a phasing-in of online sports betting. But the authors did not involve the concerned party in their drafting.
“The argument right now is the bill needs to stay in suspense; let’s just let it die a procedural death on hold,” Macarro said. “And maybe the legislature will engage tribes proactively before they put words to the page next year, if that’s the case.”

California tribes get their day in court

The Superior Court of California in Sacramento will hold an ex parte hearing Friday morning for the lawsuit filed by the tribal coalition behind a sports betting initiative effort.
Tribes are seeking an extension on collecting signatures for their ballot initiative.
Ballot efforts typically have 180 days to get the necessary signatures. According to the lawsuit, the tribal initiative collected 971,373 unverified signatures in less than two months when stay-at-home orders related to the coronavirus pandemic stopped petition circulation on March 19.
Without an extension, those signatures would expire if the tribes can’t submit 997,131 verified signatures by July 20. The petitioners say they spent $7 million collecting those signatures.

Ex parte means only one party is required for the hearing. The judge will determine if the case will move forward on an expedited basis. The coalition filed the legal challenge on June 9.

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