NCLGS Winter Meeting — New Orleans 2019

January 4-6, 2019 — Harrah's New Orleans Hotel

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Approved for 10.0 general credit hours by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education

Thursday, January 3

5:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. Attendee Welcome Reception

Friday, January 4

7:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. — 8:15 a.m. NCLGS Officers & Committee Chairs Meeting
(Invitation Only)
8:20 a.m. — 8:30 a.m. President's Address:
NCLGS President William P. Coley II, Senator, Ohio
8:30 a.m. — 8:50 a.m. Keynote Address:
Ronnie Jones, Chairman, Louisiana Gaming Control Board, and Senator Ronnie Johns, Louisiana

8:50 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Mayoral Welcome:
Honorable LaToya Cantrell, Mayor, City of New Orleans
The Big Picture: Focus on Freshman Class of Legislators

NCLGS welcomes the new legislators from across the country who want to learn the basics about regulated gaming, with one expert providing a quick-hitting session on these topics:

Chair: Senator William Coley, Ohio
9:00 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.

Economic Impacts, Tax Policy: Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group

9:15 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.

Commercial Casinos: Lynne Levin Kaufman, Partner, Cooper Levenson Law

9:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.

Sports Betting: Joe Asher, CEO, William Hill US

9:45 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Lotteries: Gordon Medenica, Director, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

10:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.

Responsible Gaming: Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling

10:45 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Indian Gaming: E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, Associate Commissioner, National Indian Gaming Commission

11:00 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.

Pari-Mutuels: F. Douglas Reed, Senior Pari-Mutuel Associate, Spectrum Gaming Group

Committee Sessions
11:15 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Committee on Casinos: Focus on Indian Gaming

Native American nations and tribes operate nearly half of the 1,000 casinos in the United States and generate nearly 45% of total gross gaming revenue - and their revenues have grown at a much faster rate than commercial casinos over the last decade. Native American gaming continues to grow, both in number of casinos and in types of gaming - including efforts in sports betting and igaming. In some states, such as Florida, Indiana and Massachusetts, policy issues arise when with the actual or desired presence of Indian casinos. What role do state governments have - and not have -- in oversight, in fostering growth, and in providing services?

  • Senator Perry Thurston, Florida
  • Kenneth George Jr, Chairman, Forest County Potawatomi Gaming Commission.
  • Sheila Morago, Executive Director, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association
  • Ali Bartlett Miranda, Attorney, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
  • Dan Little, Vice President of Government Relations, Aristocrat, former NIGC Commissioner
12:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon

Chris Christie, former Governor, State of New Jersey; current ABC News Contributor

Chris ChristieAs the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that in May 2018 forever changed the gambling landscape in the United States, Governor Christie shares his insights as to why he directed the State of New Jersey to vigorously pursue litigation despite continual setbacks in New Jersey and despite fierce opposition from the major sports leagues.

Governor Christie was inaugurated as the 55th Governor of the State of New Jersey on January 19, 2010. He was re-elected with 60% of the vote in November of 2013 and served two terms as Governor. He left office in January of 2018.

During his time in office, Governor Christie emphasized the issues of fiscal responsibility, pension and health benefit reform, education reform and the opioid crisis gripping his state and the nation. His March 2017 law restricting opioid prescriptions led to a 26% reduction in those prescriptions in its first year. He also devised the state's groundbreaking response to Superstorm Sandy, leading the rebuilding of the state's housing, infrastructure and public schools and setting a bi-partisan example for storm recovery.

Governor Christie was a leader among his colleagues as Governor. He was elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2014, leading the organization to a record fundraising effort and the election of 31 Republican Governors. This was after he served as Vice-Chairman of the RGA in 2012. He also was elected to the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association and served from 2010-2013.

On March 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump appointed Governor Christie as Chairman of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Governor Christie led the Commission on a seven-month investigation of this issue, holding hearings around the country. The Commission issued an interim report on July 31, 2017 and a final report on November 1, 2017. The reports contained more than 65 substantive recommendations, all of which were adopted by President Trump.

Prior to his service as Governor, he served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey from January 2002 to December 2008. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on December 7, 2001 and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on December 20, 2001. As the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey for seven years, he led the fight on terrorism in the post-9/11 period, increased resources to fight gang violence, gun crimes and political corruption. His office brought 130 cases prosecuting political corruption at all levels of New Jersey government and never lost a case. He served as one of seventeen U.S. Attorneys on the Attorney Generals Advisory Council in Washington, DC.

He was in the private practice of law from 1987-2001 specializing in corporate law, securities matters and appellate advocacy. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Political Science in 1984. He was awarded a Juris Doctor degree by Seton Hall University School of Law in 1987. He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court.

He is now a Senior Legal and Political Commentator for ABC News and the Managing Member of the Christie Law Firm and Christie 55 Solutions, LLC in Morristown, NJ.

Governor Christie married his wife Mary Pat in 1986. They have four children: Andrew, Sarah, Patrick and Bridget. They currently reside in Mendham and Bay Head, New Jersey.

1:30 p.m. — 2:15 p.m.

Committee on Pari-Mutuel Gaming: Focus on Historical Horse Racing

Historical horse racing (HHR) is promoted is a legitimate pari-mutuel activity but critics content it is simply a legal workaround to allow slot-like games at racetracks. HHR is operating in four states, with Kentucky leading the field by a large margin, and has been authorized in Virginia. Several other states are now, or have recently, considered allowing HHR at racetracks. Experts on this panel will examine HHR from legal, regulatory and operational perspectives.

  • Representative John Viola, Delaware
  • Corey Johnson, President, Kentucky Downs
  • Tamara Malvin, Partner, Akerman
  • Katherine M. Paisley, General Counsel & VP of Compliance, Exacta Systems
  • F. Douglas Reed, Senior Pari-Mutuel Associate, Spectrum Gaming Group
2:15 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Committee on Emerging Forms of Gaming: Focus on "Other" Gambling

Internet cafes ... loot boxes ... pre-reveal games ... sweepstakes gaming rooms ... amusements with prizes ... pull tabs ... games of skill. In virtually every state regulators, law-enforcement personnel and/or legislatures deal with forms of gambling that may not be explicitly illegal, but nor are they on the books as legal. Clever suppliers and operators routinely exploit the so-called gray area in states' gaming laws and regulations to find profitable niche markets. In some cases, the legal definition of "gambling" is at issue.

  • Representative Brandt Iden, Michigan
  • Allen Godfrey, Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission
  • Michael E. Legendre, Director, Louisiana Office of Charitable Gaming
  • Don McGehee, Division Chief, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, Michigan Department of Attorney General
  • James Sobota, Officer, Houston Police Department
3:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.

Committee on State-Federal Relations: Focus on Sports Betting

As regulated sports betting continues to roll out on a state-by-state basis, some US senators - supported by the National Football League and others - are considering federal regulatory action. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said such a bill would result in "improvements in monitoring and enforcement that will benefit all stakeholders, sportsbooks, regulators, governing bodies and consumers." Is such federal involvement needed - or even practical? Does the implementation of the online component change the debate?

  • Senator William Coley II, Ohio
  • Charles Cohen, Vice President, North American Sports Betting, IGT
  • Kevin Mullally, Vice President of Government Relations & General Counsel, Gaming Laboratories International
  • Sara Slane, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs , American Gaming Association
  • Dan Spillane, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, NBA
  • Jake Williams, Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Sportradar
4:15 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Committee on Lotteries: Focus on Convergence

Lotteries across the United States are confronting multiple, unprecedented issues ranging from ilotteries to sports betting to lottery courier services, and beyond. What are the solutions as lotteries and casinos converge in the online space?

  • Representative Joe Verrengia, Connecticut
  • Rose Hudson, President and CEO, Louisiana Lottery Corporation
  • Gordon Medenica, Director, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency
  • Bill Pascrell III, Lobbyist, Princeton Public Affairs Group
  • Peggy Daniel, US General Manager, The Lotter Group
5:00 p.m. — 5:45 p.m.

Committee on Sports Betting

Since the landmark Supreme Court ruling in May 2018, four states have joined Nevada in offering regulated sports betting - with several more state preparing to do likewise. What have these states learned? How have the performance expectations matched reality? Are there new or emerging issues that other states need to consider before legalization?

  • Representative Jennifer Benson, Massachusetts
  • David Briggs, CEO, GeoComply/GeoGuard
  • Kevin DeLucia, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Delaware Park Casino
  • Patrick McHugh, Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive-Lottery, Global Lottery Systems, Scientific Games
  • David Rebuck, Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Andrew Zarnett, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
5:45 p.m. — 6:15 p.m. VIP Reception for Sponsors and Donors
(Invitation Only)
6:15 p.m. — 7:45 p.m. Attendee Welcome Reception

Saturday, January 5

7:30 a.m. Registration Open, Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.

Keynote Address

General Sessions: International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclasses
8:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.

Sports Betting Laws and Regulations — What's Working, What's Not

With eight states having implemented sports betting and several more planning to do so in 2019, legislators and regulators have real-world examples to create new sports-betting schemes - or modify the ones they have. Regulators and gaming attorneys from across the country examine the current best practices and suggest how they may be improved.

  • Senator Keith Pickard, Nevada
  • Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker
  • Marc Ellinger, Partner, Ellinger and Associates, LLC
  • Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • Kevin O'Toole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
9:45 a.m. — 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Follow The Money

As new payment technologies take hold - and others such as blockchain hold great promise - are state laws, gaming regulations , operators and suppliers equipped to embrace and employ new forms payment of gaming at slot machines and table games? What are the implications for anti-money-laundering compliance? Regulators and attorneys discuss what the status of these new forms of payment and how they will impact the gaming industry.

  • Senator Jon Ford, Indiana
  • Rick Anthony, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Ohio Casino Control Commission
  • Mark Hemmerle, Vice President Legal & Compliance, Worldpay Gaming Solutions
  • Sean McGuinness, Attorney, Sean Butler Snow LLP
  • Donna More, Partner, Fox Rothschild
  • Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable
1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Optional Back-of-House Tour of Harrah's New Orleans Casino
(sign up at conference registration desk; tours start in hotel lobby)

Sunday, January 6

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

Gaming and Tourism: Still a Realistic Goal?

When developing gaming public policy, legislators often envision casino out-of-state patrons who will do more than gamble in the casino. But with more than 1,000 casinos in 42 states, and with new casinos generally being built to smaller scale due to their proliferation, is it realistic to expect them to be tourism magnets? Are there many markets remaining where destination resorts could be developed to attract tourists? In this panel, operators will provide insight into what states can realistically expect, and what they must do to meet the goal of tourism promotion.

  • Senator William Coley II, Ohio
  • Andy Abboud, VP, Government Relations & Community Development, Las Vegas Sands Corp.
  • Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International
  • Holly Gagnon, CEO, Seneca Gaming Corp.
  • Steve Geller, Principal, Geller Law Firm PA
  • Dan Real, Regional President - South, Caesars Entertainment
10:30 a.m. NCLGS Winter Meeting Concludes

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