LAS VEGAS – Sen. Keith Pickard, president of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS), announces a new leadership slate for 2021 to advance the critical goal of promoting best practices in gaming policy.
Two new board members are:
- Connecticut State Representative Christie Carpino was first elected to the Connecticut Legislature in 2010 and was recently re-elected for her 6th term. She is the House Republican Caucus Chair in the Connecticut General Assembly, and serves on the Government Administration and Elections, Public Health, Legislative Management and Regulations Review Committees.
- Representative Georgene Louis of New Mexico chairs the New Mexico House State Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee and serves on the House Judiciary and Rules & Order of Business Committees. First elected in 2012, she is the first Pueblo woman to serve in the New Mexico Legislature, and would be the first Native American lawmaker to serve as an Officer of NCLGS.
Additionally, Florida Senator Perry E. Thurston Jr., who has long served as Treasurer of NCLGS, will become the organization’s Vice President.
Other state legislators who will continue to serve as officers are:
- Senator Jon Ford of Indiana
- Delegate Shawn Fluharty of West Virginia
Former Sen. William Coley of Ohio, who served for two years as president of NCLGS, and Rep. Brandt Iden of Michigan, who served as an officer of NCLGS, have been term-limited in their respective states and will no longer serve as officers.
“Bill Coley and Brandt Iden served with distinction as leaders in their states and as reasoned voices on the national stage to promote best practices in gaming legislation and regulation. All of us thank them for their hard work and successful efforts,” Pickard said. “Christie Carpino and Georgene Louis have already made their view on gaming known to us at NCLGS, and we know them to be thoughtful leaders who will work hard on a national level to ensure legal gaming reaches its potential throughout the United States.”
The new slate of officers will be sworn in during a virtual NCLGS session to be scheduled later this month, and will assume leadership roles at the NCLGS 2021 Summer Meeting, July 12-13 2021, to be held at the InterContinental Magnificent Mile in Chicago.
NCLGS Is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets regularly 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.
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