NCLGS Winter Meeting now approved for 10.0 credit hours by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education.

Due to high conference turnout, the host Marriott has sold out. Below are eight first-class hotel options (some priced lower than the host Marriott) that are within easy walking distance of the Winter Meeting:

Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Omni San Diego Hotel

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel

Embassy Suites By Hilton San Diego Bayside

Courtyard by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Thursday, January 9  
5:30 p.m.  7:00 p.m. Attendee Reception Marina Ballroom Foyer
Friday, January 10  
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open Marina Ballroom Foyer
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast Marina Ballroom Foyer
7:30 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. NCLGS Officers & Committee Chairs Meeting (Invitation Only) Cardiff Room
8:30 a.m.  8:50 a.m.

Keynote Addressrobert zahradnik

Robert Zahradnik, Principal Officer, State and Local Fiscal Health, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Robert Zahradnik leads outreach efforts for Pew’s state and local fiscal health work and provides technical assistance and policy development to state leaders seeking to improve their budget practices.

Before joining Pew, Zahradnik worked for the chief financial officer of the District of Columbia as a manager in the Office of Budget and Planning and then as director of research in the Office of Revenue Analysis, where he managed a research agenda that covered tax, budget, and economic policies and practices. He also served as a senior policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Zahradnik holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s in public administration from George Washington University.

Marina Ballroom D & E
8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome Address: NCLGS President Elect Keith Pickard, Senator, Nevada Marina Ballroom D & E
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Responsible Gaming

Learning from Best Practices – Problem-gambling programs, funding, structure and research varies widely from state to state. In this session, experts discuss what they consider to be the best practices in areas such as self-exclusion, funding mechanisms, treatment, awareness, and technology applications such as spending notifications and facial recognition.

Senator Keith Pickard, Nevada

  • Robert Jacobson, Executive Director, California Council on Problem Gambling
  • Rachel Volberg, Research Professor, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Brianne Doura-Schawohl, Legislative Director, National Council on Problem Gambling
Marina Ballroom D & E
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Committee on Emerging Forms of Gaming

Sports’ Role in Sports Betting – While state governments and industry focus on what the legalization, regulation and revenue generation of sports betting, to what extent should stakeholders who deliver the content – such as the sports leagues, the television networks and the athletes themselves – be considered? Officials from these groups discuss how what roles they should play in the rollout of sports betting.

Senator Jon Ford, Indiana

  • Joe Briggs, Staff Counsel, Public Policy Counsel, National Football League Players Association
  • Marquest Meeks, Senior Counsel, Sports Betting & Investigations, Major League Baseball
  • Naima Stevenson Starks, VP of Hearing Operations, National Collegiate Athletic Association
Marina Ballroom D & E
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Networking Break Marina Ballroom Foyer
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Committee on Indian Gaming

Compacts and Impacts: What You Need to Know – As Native American tribes and nations seek to establish their first Class III casino or renew existing compacts, they and the host state government must negotiate agreements that will have lasting economic, fiscal and social impacts on the tribe, the local area, and the state. In this session, learn what to expect in the compacting process, the key elements to be debated, and what impacts can be expected among the host tribes and stakeholders.

Senator Perry Thurston, Florida

  • Susan Jensen, Executive Director, California Nations Indian Gaming Association
  • Cody Martinez, Chairman, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
  • Dr. Katherine Spilde, Professor, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, San Diego State University
Marina Ballroom D & E
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Keynote Luncheonbill miller

Bill Miller, President & CEO, American Gaming Association

State of the Industry – The gaming industry is in a period of rapid expansion and growth, facing new political challenges and opportunities every day. Bill Miller will provide an update on the state of the industry and his priorities for the AGA heading into 2020.

Bill Miller has more than three decades of experience on Capitol Hill and representing business interests in Washington. Prior to joining the association in January 2019, Miller served as Senior Vice President at Business Roundtable, overseeing all outreach to Capitol Hill and the Administration on behalf of the association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations.

Before his six-year stint at the Roundtable, Miller was a Partner at international corporate communications firm Brunswick. While at Brunswick, Miller’s focus included financial/investor communications, crisis work, stakeholder engagement, and global positioning on behalf a number of U.S. and international corporations. He also assisted several global investment firms on potential and actual crisis situations.

A veteran lobbyist, Miller previously led the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Political Affairs & Federal Relations efforts and served as National Political Director, advising the business association’s CEO and overseeing its legislative, advocacy and lobbying tactics. He coordinated and executed political and grassroots operations and implemented lobbying campaigns on many of the top issues facing the business community during his 12 years at the Chamber. He regularly appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, FOX, ABC World News and PBS.

Miller also served as Chief of Staff to Representative Constance A. Morella where he oversaw her legislative and political agenda from 1994 to 1999.

A successful entrepreneur, Miller has started several businesses including a bank, restaurants, and a television pilot, and financed several technology start-ups. Miller holds a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from American University. He resides in Washington, D.C.

Coronado Terrace
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Committee on Lotteries

Growing Revenues: What’s Working, What’s Next – State lottery directors must continually find ways to increase revenues at a time when consumers have more gambling options than ever – from casinos to sports betting to electronic gaming devices in retail locations. US lottery sales in FY 2018 grew 7%, helped by new products, new sales channels, and effective marketing. State lottery directors and consultants discuss how – or if – such growth can be sustained.

Representative Kevin Ryan, Connecticut

  • Howard Glaser, Global Head of Government Affairs and Special Initiatives, Scientific Games
  • Stefano Monterosso, Senior Vice-President, Global Lottery Product and Same Store Sales, IGT
  • May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery
Marina Ballroom D & E
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Networking Break Marina Ballroom Foyer
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Committee on Casinos

Law Enforcement, Security and Cheating: Keeping Casinos Square – As businesses that process millions of dollars of customer transactions monthly or even daily, casinos are subject to strict regulatory control, are patrolled by their own security, are overseen by special state law enforcement personnel, and are frequently the target of bad actors. With state tax receipts and industry gaming licenses on the line every day, learn how both government agencies and the industry itself ensure safety, protect cash, and guard against cheating.

Representative Brandt Iden, Michigan

  • Tyler Burtis, Special Agent in Charge, Southern California,California Bureau of Gambling Control
  • Frank Donaghue, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Chief Compliance Officer, Penn National
  • Dave Trujillo, Director, Washington State Gambling Commission
Marina Ballroom D & E
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Committee on Pari-Mutuel

Focus on Safety and Growth – US pari-mutuel handle has grown in each of the last five years after more than a decade of yearly declines, perhaps changing the perception of being a “dying industry.” While the pari-mutuel industry endeavors to sustain growth, it also seeks to ensure that the safety of its equine athletes, including the use of proper racing surfaces and effective drug-testing programs. Experts from different perspectives discuss the path forward in pari-mutuel racing.

Senator William Coley, Ohio

  • F. Douglas Reed, Senior Pari-Mutuel Associate, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Eric Hamelback, CEO, The National HBPA
  • Virgil Morgan Jr, Trainer, Member, Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association
  • Gregory Simpson, Commissioner, Ohio State Racing Commission
Marina Ballroom D & E
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. VIP Reception for Sponsors and Donors (Invitation Only) Bayside Room
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Opening-Night Welcome Reception Bayside Room
Saturday, January 11  
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Registration Open, Continental Breakfast Marina Ballroom Foyer
8:00 a.m.  8:45 a.m.

Special Presentation
Unifying Stakeholders to Drive Responsible Gambling Effectiveness – The Responsible Gambling Collaborative (RGC), established in 2018, is charged with charting a new course on the complex issue of responsible gambling and identify the programs and policies that best address responsible gambling, the prevention of problem gambling, and hold government accountable for supporting proven, effective solutions. This panel, with representatives from the RGC, will discuss the release of the “Responsible Gambling Effectiveness Principles” and new research exploring the appropriation of industry contributions designed to advance responsible gambling initiatives and problem gambling prevention.

Senator Keith Pickard, Nevada
Moderator: Alan Feldman, Distinguished Fellow, Responsible Gaming, University of Nevada, Las Vegas – International Gaming Institute

  • Brianne Doura-Schawohl, Legislative Director, National Council on Problem Gambling
  • Connie Jones, Director of Responsible Gaming, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers
  • Russell Sanna, Chairman of the Board, National Center for Responsible Gaming
  • Kahlil Philander, Assistant Professor-Hospitality Business Management, Washington State University
  • James Whelan, Professor (Clinical Health), Director of Psychological Services Center, University of Memphis
Marina Ballroom D & E

General Sessions: International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclasses

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Tribal-State Gaming Compacts: Legal and Regulatory Trends and Topics – Tribal gaming industry experts, regulators, and legislative leaders will discuss the legal framework of Indian gaming and negotiation of tribal-state gaming compacts and explore the complex interplay between state, local, federal, and tribal law and the respective governments and agencies. Panelists will review significant recent trends in compacting across the country and explore how compacts impact the effective and efficient state and tribal gaming regulation of the industry.

Representative Joe Verrengia, Connecticut

  • Jonodev O. Chaudhuri, Partner, Quarles & Brady
  • Stephen Hart, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
  • Thomas Springer, Partner, Quarles & Brady
  • Jane Zerbi, Principal, Law Office of Jane Zerbi
Marina Ballroom D & E
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break Marina Ballroom Foyer
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Sports Betting: Learning from Best Practices – As sports betting is spreading across the country, legislative bodies in many are making important decisions on how to move forward with legalization or expansion. With sports betting now available in 14 states, legislators must answer critical questions, such as: Who should regulate this industry? Are state lotteries the right answer? Mobile or not? How will problem-gambling issues be addressed? Are there special compliance and KYC issues? Entity wagering? This panel will address these cutting-edge issues and more.

Senator Keith Pickard, Nevada

  • Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Member, Dickinson Wright
  • John Maloney, Principal Attorney, John K. Maloney Law
  • Dan Reaser, Director, Fennemore Craig
  • Sue Schneider, Vice President, Growth & Strategy/Americas, Sports Betting Community
Marina Ballroom D & E
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable Marina Ballroom D & E
1:15 p.m. Optional Off-Site Tour of Pechanga Resort Casino in nearby Temecula (Sign up at registration desk; participants to meet in hotel lobby at 1 p.m.)  
Sunday, January 12  
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration Open, Continental Breakfast Marina Ballroom Foyer
General Session  
9:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m.

Attracting Capital Investment and Generating Employment – What can state and local governments do to fully capture the economic benefits of gaming in their communities? What policies should existing and potential gaming jurisdictions pursue or not pursue if they wish to create a regulatory environment that is investment-friendly and that would encourage their licensees to invest in their properties, thus retaining or increasing employment levels and the spinoff economic impacts? Gaming companies, regulators discuss and an investment professional discuss what works and what does not.

Senator William Coley, Ohio

  • Steve Geller, Principal, Geller Law Firm
  • Robert Heller, CEO, Spectrum Gaming Capital
  • Steve Norton, CEO, Norton Management
  • Brian Sandoval, President of Global Gaming Development, MGM Resorts International
Marina Ballroom D & E
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. General Session  

Addressing Problem Gambling Related to Sports Betting – As sports betting quickly expands throughout the United States, so, too, does the need for comprehensive, thoughtful and creative approaches to problem gambling. Experts on this panel examine the unique aspects of responsible gaming relevant to sports betting in different contexts, including in tribal gaming. Our speakers will offer their views to inform legislators and regulators.

Moderator: Senator Keith Pickard, Nevada

  • Neale Deeley, Vice-President of US Sales and Gaming, Sportradar
  • Jenny Lu, Director of New Business, Optimove
  • Martin Lycka, Director of Regulatory Affairs, GVC Holdings
  • Melissa Riahei, US President, SBTech
Marina Ballroom D & E
10:30 a.m. NCLGS Winter Meeting Concludes  

NCLGS Summer Meeting 2019

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