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NCLGS Winter Meeting - Scottsdale 2017

January 6-8, 2017 — Hotel Valley Ho

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Friday, January 6

7:00 a.m.�5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m.�8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:45 a.m.�8:15 a.m. NCLGS Officers & Committee Chairs Meeting
Invitation Only
8:20 a.m.�8:30 a.m. Welcome Address
8:30 a.m. � 10:30 a.m. Gaming 101

An Introduction and overview of key aspects of regulated gaming. Special presentations on the following topics:

Moderator: Representative Helene Keeley, Delaware
  • Casino Landscape and Performance
    - Joseph Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Taxation
    - Randhir Jha, Chief Economist, Indiana Legislative Services
  • Public Policy, Regulation
    - Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Legislative Overview
    - Bill Pascrell, Princeton Public Affairs Group
  • Economic Impacts
    - Rod Motamedi, Research Manager, UMass Donahue Institute
  • Future Trends
    - Adam Steinberg, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Capital

10:30 a.m. � 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. NCLGS Committee on Casinos
Expansion opportunities � geographically and demographically

Identifying the remaining untapped casino markets and the characteristics that make them viable. Sizing a casino (or casinos) to a market. Games and attractions that will appeal to the next generation of casino patrons. Potential to attract out-of-state tourists.

Chair: Senator Becky Harris, Nevada
Presenters: Marcus Prater, Executive Director, Association Of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM)
William Noonan, Sr. Vice President, Industry & Governmental Affairs, Boyd Gaming Corp
Jan Jones-Blackhurst, EVP, Government Relations & Corp. Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment
Ed Bowers, Senior Vice President Global Gaming Development, MGM Resorts International
12:00 p.m. � 1:30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
Mark Brnovich, Attorney General, State of Arizona

Mark Brnovich
Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich was inaugurated as Arizona�s Attorney General in January of 2015. He has also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona and as the state�s Assistant Attorney General. He is currently the co-chairman of the National Association of Attorney Generals� Gambling Committee the 2nd Vice Chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General.

Prior to taking office, Brnovich served as Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, a law enforcement agency that coordinates with tribal regulators to ensure the integrity of Indian gaming and investigates illegal gambling occurring off-reservation. During his tenure, the Department seized hundreds of illegal gambling devices and vigorously assisted in the prosecution of unlawful gambling operations.

As Attorney General, Brnovich is widely credited with restoring public confidence in the office of �Arizona�s Top Cop� and is known for enforcing the rule of law, protecting the vulnerable and assembling some of the most talented public servants in the country for his administration. Most recently, he argued at the United States Supreme Court regarding voter redistricting, was featured on the CBS talk show 60 Minutes in defense of capital punishment, and appeared on Times Squares� largest billboards to combat human sex trafficking.

1:30 p.m. � 2:15 p.m. NCLGS Committee on Lotteries
Convergence or Collision?

As land-based casinos, video gaming companies and Internet gaming operators all seek to expand their offerings through technology, does this represent an opportunity or a threat to state lotteries that also seek expansion of online platforms?

Chair: State Senator William Coley, Ohio
Presenters: Dennis Berg, Executive Director, Ohio Lottery
Paul Sternburg, Senior Lottery Associate, Spectrum Gaming Group
Andrew Crowe, Vice President � Emerging Markets, Vantiv
Kurt Freedlund, Former General Counsel and COO, Georgia Lottery
Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery
Tom Nieman, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, JCM Global
2:15 p.m. � 3:00 p.m. NCLGS Committee on Pari-Mutuels
Status and Outlook

State of horse racing industry. Racetracks with gaming vs. racetracks without gaming. Status of historical racing machines. Profitability of tracks, industry. Future of greyhound racing. State attitudes toward industry.

Chair: Representative John Viola, Delaware
Presenters: Steve Geller, Shareholder, Geller Law Firm
Jack Jeziorski, Executive Vice President, Monarch Content Management
Keith Johnson, President, AmTote International
Steve Keech, Executive Vice President, AmTote International
Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing, Penn National Gaming
Doug Reed, Principal, RG&E LLC
3:00 p.m. � 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. � 4:15 p.m. NCGLS Committee on State-Federal Relations
Jurisdiction, Legality over Emerging forms of Gambling

Sports betting, daily fantasy sports, Internet gaming on tribal lands � what is the federal government�s role vs. the states� role in authorizing, regulating and taxing these and potentially other forms of new or emerging gambling?

Chair: Senator Perry Thurston, Florida
Presenters: Frank Chesky, Vice President, General Counsel, Sportech Inc.
Donn Mitchell, Chief Administrative Officer, Isle of Capri Casinos
Kevin Mullally, General Counsel, Dir. Government Affairs, Gaming Laboratories International
Val Spicer, President, Arizona Indian Gaming Association
Steve Bodmer, General Counsel, Pechanga Tribal Government
Whit Askew, Vice President, American Gaming Association
4:15 p.m. � 5:00 p.m. NCLGS Committee on Responsible Gaming
Technology Impacts

Assessing potential impacts of new forms of gaming, such as online, mobile, daily fantasy, skill games. Uses of technology to monitor activity and assist players. Government�s role, including Massachusetts vanguard program. Findings from latest studies.

Chair: Senator Jennifer Flanagan, Massachusetts
Presenters: Les Bernal, National Director, Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation Alan Feldman, EVP of Global Government and Industry Affairs, MGM Resorts International
Lance George, General Manager, Plainridge Park Casino
Russell Sanna, Executive Director, National Center for Responsible Gaming
Marlene Warner, Executive Director, Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
5:30 p.m. � 6:00 p.m. VIP Reception for Sponsors and Donors
Invitation Only
6:00 p.m. � 7:30 p.m. Attendee Welcome Reception

Saturday, January 7

8:00 a.m. � 11:00 a.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. � 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. � 10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
Role of the Regulator

Rarely is the role of the regulator clearly defined by statute. Instead it is often left to the regulator itself to define whether it will advocate for the industry's growth and development or will instead act as a strict, and sometimes harsh, enforcer against the industry. This panel will discuss the ways in which industry can work with regulators and lawmakers to find a sweet spot that allows for increased revenues while protecting state interests.

Moderator: Representative Marvin Abney, Rhode Island
Speakers: Marc Ellinger, Member, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC
Tiffany Conklin, Commissioner, California Gambling Control Commission
John Barron, General Counsel, Ohio Casino Control Commission
Jed Nosal, Counsel, Government Law & Strategies, Brown Rudnick LLP
Marie Jones, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
John Maloney, Principal, Law Offices of John K. Maloney
10:00 a.m. � 11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
Tribal Gaming Legal Issues with States

An update and discussion of the currently pending cases involving the roles of the tribes and the states vis-�-vis gaming, including recent cases and new compacts from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Florida.

Moderator: Senator Lou D�Allesandro, New Hampshire
Speakers: Stephen Hart, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Phoenix, AZ
Kerry Patterson, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Dennis Whittlesey, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC
Joginder Dhillon, Senior Advisor for Tribal Negotiations, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr
Jeremiah Ritchie, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Susana Martinez
11:00 a.m. � 12:30 p.m. Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable
Invitation only

Sunday, January 8

8:00 a.m. � 10:00 a.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. � 9:00 a.m. Refreshments
9:00 a.m. � 10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: eSports
Gaming Taxation, Regulation: What is Right Approach?

Electronic sports are quickly becoming mainstream, with new professional leagues and television contracts. They are also becoming an activity for casinos, whether as entertainment for patrons, a sponsorship opportunity, or a potential activity on which patrons could wager.

Chair: State Senator William P. Coley II, Ohio
Speakers: Mike Zatezalo, Director, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
Dennis M.P. Ehling, Partner, Blank Rome
Kevin Mullally, General Counsel, Dir. Government Affairs, Gaming Laboratories International
Adam Steinberg, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Capital
Dan Kelly, eSports consultant
11:00 a.m. NCLGS Winter Meeting 2017 Concludes

NCLGS Winter 2017 Scottsdale Meeting Registration Fees

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Legislator, Staff: Contributing Member State $300
Legislator, Staff: General Member State $375
Other State / Federal Official $375
Tribal Official $375
Industry $500
Spouse/Immediate Family Member $50


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