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Four stakeholders in Indian gaming will present when the Committee on Casinos convenes in New Orleans to discuss the feasibility of tribes to offer sports betting and the continued growth of tribal gaming. The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) Winter Meeting will take place January 4-6 in New Orleans; registration for the three-day conference is now open to the public. Among the keynote speakers will be Chris Christie, former Governor for the State of New Jersey and current ABC news contributor.

Nearly half of the 1,000 casinos in the United States are operated by tribal nations, and their revenue growth has outpaced that of commercial casinos over the last decade. As many tribal operators seek to add sports betting to their offerings, the Committee on Casinos is considering the role that state governments have – and don’t have – in oversight, in fostering growth, and in providing services.

Four presenters from different perspectives will provide answers, including:

  • Kenneth George Jr, Chairman, Forest County Potawatomi Gaming Commission
  • Dan Little, Vice President of Government Relations, Aristocrat, former NIGC Commissioner
  • Sheila Morago, Executive Director, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association
  • Valerie Spicer, Founding Partner, Trilogy Group

“As a Florida legislator, I know how Indian gaming can be a dynamic economic force for tribal members, communities and states,” said Committee Chair Perry Thurston, a Senator from Florida. “This committee – and this excellent roster of speakers – is committed to making sure that sovereign tribal and state governments continue working together for mutual benefit.”

More than 200 attendees, including dozens of state legislators, are expected to attend the three-day NCLGS Winter Meeting. The conference agenda includes:

  • Keynote Luncheon Address from former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose arguments before the Supreme Court resulted in overturning the federal prohibition on sports betting
  • Six legislative committee sessions: Casinos, Emerging Forms of Gaming, Lotteries, Pari-Mutuels, Sports Betting/iGaming, and State-Federal Relations
  • The Big Picture: Focus on Freshman Class of Legislators – an introduction to gaming
  • Two Masterclasses presented by the International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Thursday evening and Friday evening welcome receptions
  • Saturday afternoon back-of-house tours of Harrah’s New Orleans
  • Sunday general session focusing on the relationship between gaming and tourism

NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming. Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the regulation and economic and social impacts of the industry. The NCLGS Foundation is the educational and research arm of NCLGS. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is a source of non-partisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation.

To view the NCLGS Winter Meeting agenda, register, and book hotel rooms at the host hotel at special attendee rates, visit http://www.nclgs.org/meetings.html.

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