NCLGS Winter Meeting - Miami 2018

January 5-7, 2018 — Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel

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Friday, January 5

7:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:15 a.m. — 8:25 a.m. NCLGS Officers & Committee Chairs Meeting
Invitation Only
7:15 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. — 8:50 a.m. Keynote Address:
Geoff Freeman, President and CEO, American Gaming Association
8:50 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Welcome Address
Committee Meetings
9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Committee on State-Federal Relations - Tribal and State: How do compacts need to evolve in the face of rapid technological change? Can tribes offer Internet gambling and, if so, what are the legal or regulatory steps to implementation?

  • Senator Bill Coley, Ohio
  • Jonodev Chaudhuri, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Kathryn Isom-Clause, Vice Chair, National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Sheila Morago, President, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association
  • E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, Associate Commissioner, National Indian Gaming Commission
10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Special Committee Session on Responsible Gaming: As we move toward a cashless world, are there particular risks with convenience payment methods being used for gambling? Or, is this simply a reflection of technology replacing older, less efficient means of transacting business? Are there any societal indications that convenience payments are causing problems for consumers? What responsible gambling features, if any, would be appropriate in the context of convenience payment methods? Breaks in play? Player ability to set deposit/staking limits? Operator ability to monitor playing/spending patterns for high risk activity? Player ability to block payment method? How do convenience payment methods interact with existing responsible gaming programs? What can the land-based industry learn from the online industry, which is almost entirely reliant upon convenience payment methods? What should operators be doing proactively to ensure that inappropriate restrictions are not placed by government/regulators on the use of convenience payment methods in the gambling industry?

  • Senator Becky Harris, Nevada
  • Brett Abarbanel, Director of Research, International Gaming Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Jennifer Kruse, Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling
  • Lori Rugle, Responsible Gambling Specialist, National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
  • Russell Sanna, Executive Director, National Center for Responsible Gaming
  • Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling
11:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. Networking Break
11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Committee on Pari-Mutuel: Exploring trends and issues in the racing industry, including how potential pari-mutuel wagering on different sports such as e-sports, daily fantasy sports auto racing may be an opportunity or threat for the operators of traditional pari-mutuel wagering on horses and dogs.

  • Representative John Viola, Delaware
  • Brad Cummings, CEO, Equilottery
  • Bill Fasy, President, Casino at Delaware Park
  • Steve Geller, Esquire, Geller Law Firm
  • Laura (D'Angelo) Holoubek, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
12:30 p.m. — 1:45 p.m. Keynote Luncheon:
Special Discussion: Women in Gaming: How can more women break the glass ceiling, and what can states do to assist those efforts?
  • Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment
  • Holly Gagnon, President and CEO, Seneca Gaming Corp.
1:45 p.m. — 2:45 p.m.

Committee on Lotteries: Will lotteries and casinos converge as both seek online presence? Can lotteries effectively serve as regulatory agencies? How do lotteries need to evolve as technology changes?

  • Representative Jennifer Benson, Massachusetts
  • Gordon Medenica, Director, Maryland Lottery
  • Aric Nesbitt, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery
  • Thomas Nieman, VP Global Marketing, JCM Global
  • Peter Sullivan, CEO, Jackpocket
2:45 p.m. — 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.

Committee on Casinos: From New Mexico to Ohio to Connecticut, states have wrestled with the tax treatment of promotional slot credits, a critical industry marketing tool also known as “free play” — how, or should, it be taxed? Also, now that the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear Christie, Gov. of NJ, et al. v. NCAA, et al. and NJ Thoroughbred Horsemen v. NCAA, et al., what can — or should — states be doing to prepare for what many observers believe will be the eventual legalization of sports betting?

  • Representative Helene Keeley, Delaware
  • Matt Bell, President and CEO, Casino Association of Indiana
  • Richard Carter, CEO, SBTech
  • Bill Coley, Senator, State of Ohio
  • Laila Mintas Ph.D, Deputy President, Sportradar US
4:15 p.m. — 5:15 p.m.

Committee on State-Federal Relations - Internet: Inter-state and inter-country compacting: How would it work? What benefits would it provide? What challenges does it raise? Also, the true potential of sports betting in the United States will be realized when players can wager via the internet/mobile devices. How does the internet aspect of sports betting impact the legal and regulatory planning for states?

  • Senator Bill Coley, Ohio
  • Kevin Braig, Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
  • Richard Schwartz, President, Rush Street Interactive
  • Adam Steinberg, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Daniel Wallach, Shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff
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 6

7:30 a.m. Registration Open, Continental Breakfast
General Sessions: International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclasses
8:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.

Regulators Roundtable: Regulators from agencies in multiple states discuss desired changes in gaming laws, funding, industry issues, best practices, the scope of their respective commissions, the feasibility of umbrella agency for all forms of gambling in a state, cooperation among states, and other timely issues.

  • Representative Georgene Louis, New Mexico
  • Gordon Dickie, Executive Director, Seminole Tribal Gaming Commission
  • Ronnie Jones, Chairman, Louisiana Gaming Control Board
  • Dan Russell, former General Counsel, Florida Lottery; Special Counsel, Jones Walker LLP
  • Sara Tait, Executive Director, Indiana Gaming Commission
  • David Trujillo, Executive Director, Washington State Gambling Commission
9:45 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.

The Mounting Fiscal Challenge: With some newly opened commercial casinos not performing to expectations and statewide gaming revenues flattening in other jurisdictions, how do mature casino states adjust to the reality that they cannot count on continually growing gaming tax receipts? Some states, such as Pennsylvania, have offered a smorgasbord of expansion and new forms of gaming to compensate, including satellite casinos, airport slots, online gaming, and retail gaming. Legislators and industry leaders debate the issues and potential solutions.

  • Rick Anthony, Director of Operations, Ohio Casino Control Commission
  • William Bogot, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Don McGehee, Chief, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, Michigan Department of Attorney General
  • Carl Sottosanti, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary General Counsel, Penn National Gaming
11:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable
2:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Gulfstream Park tour and live racing
Shuttle departs Hyatt Regency lobby at 2 p.m. sharp. Please register in advance

Sunday, January 7

8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. Registration Open, Continental Breakfast
General Session
9:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.

Legislative Carrots or Sticks? Many states place limits on the number of gaming facilities and then are later frustrated when gaming operators fail to upgrade or modernize their property because of a lack of competition or threat of new market entrants. What can — or should — legislators and regulators do to encourage capital investment in technology and facilities? The options may range from imposing strict requirements that facilities be equipped with state-of-the-art technology in various areas, to encouraging investments in both technology and amenities using tax or other incentives. This panel will discuss strategies for allowing states to gain maximum value from an important government asset – the issuance of gaming licenses - and how to facilitate reinvestment in high quality gaming properties.

  • Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, New Jersey
  • Bo Bernhard, Executive Director, International Gaming Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Uri Clinton, Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel, MGM Resorts International
  • Stephen Crosby, Chairman, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
  • Kevin Mullally, General Counsel and Vice President Government Affairs, Gaming Laboratories International, Inc.
  • William J. Pascrell, III, Partner, Princeton Public Affairs Group
  • Joel H. Simkins, Head of Gaming & Leisure Investment Banking, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
10:30 a.m. NCLGS Winter Meeting Concludes

NCLGS Winter 2018 Miami Meeting Registration Fees

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Legislator, Staff: NCLGS Dues Paying State $300
Legislator, Staff: General Member State $375
Other State / Federal Official $375
General Industry and Public $550

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