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|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.||
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.
|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.
|11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||Networking Break|
|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.
|12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.||
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.
|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.
|2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.||Networking Break|
|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.
|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.
|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|
|Saturday, January 11|
|7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.||Registration Open, Continental Breakfast|
|8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
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.
|10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||Networking Break|
|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.
|11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable|
|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|
|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.
|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
|10:30 a.m.||NCLGS Winter Meeting Concludes|
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