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The NCLGS Winter Meeting 2021 will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, TX on December 12 - 14, 2021




2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Registration Open

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

IMGL Masterclass #1

Distributed Gaming – Threat, Opportunity or Conundrum?  

Video gaming or lottery terminals have been approved in a number of states, yet in other states these machines operate in a gray or even a black market.   The panel will discuss developments across the country, how the brick-and-mortar industry is responding and what the future may hold for these and other stakeholders, including legislators  

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

IMGL Masterclass #2

iGaming and the Intersection with Land Based Gaming

As US States expand into iGaming, a number of policy considerations confront their legislatures.  What is the right iGaming economic model for the state?  How does the state balance an iGaming market with a domestic casino market or a successful state lottery? Are the state regulators ready for the technology heavy virtual gaming marketplace?  This panel will tackle these issues and hope to offer lessons and best practices.


5:30 p.m.  7:00 p.m.

Attendee Welcome Reception                                                                                                                                                                                                             


7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.

NCLGS Officers & Committee Chairs Meeting (Invitation Only)

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

President’s Address: Senator Keith Pickard, NCLGS President

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Opening Address: TO BE ANNOUNCED


9:15 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Committee on Pari-Mutuel

Horseracing’s uncertain future – an industry at a crossroads:

As the horse-racing industry waits to see how the federal Horseracing Integrity Safety Act (HISA) is implemented nationwide, issues such as fixed-odds betting and decoupling are taking center stage as racetrack operators try to survive in a hyper-competitive sports-betting landscape. Will states follow New Jersey’s lead and approve new options such as fixed-odds betting? Will cash-strapped state governments continue to reduce or remove payments from casinos/racinos to the horsemen?


10:05 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Networking Break


10:35 a.m. – 11:25 p.m.

Committee on Responsible Gaming

Identifying, Adopting Best Practices:

The rapid growth in digital gaming, coupled with new technologies, creates new challenges for states, including challenges across state lines. Legislators need to consider practices that will protect the vulnerable and that will meet this growing array of challenges. The committee will hear from presenters and the public as NCLGS considers a resolution to help states address this issue more effectively


11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Committee on Indian Gaming

Finding a Level Playing Field in the Digital Future: 

As states continue to adopt new forms of digital gaming, what must tribal gaming commissions and operators do to ensure full participation in this future? This is especially important as many compacts were developed during a land-based era. What are the concerns and opportunities for states as they develop and maintain dialogue with states?


12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Keynote Luncheon:  TO BE ANNOUNCED


1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Committee on Emerging Forms of Gaming

Adopting New Technologies:

Cashless gaming is knocking at the door, and legislators and regulators must answer the call.  As operators of retail and digital gaming push to adopt cashless or digital payment solutions, questions need to be addressed.  What are the risks, rewards and responsibilities for providers, operators and regulators? How fast is the payment technology developing? How will this change the overall gaming landscape?  


2:20 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. 

Committee on Lotteries

Building a Digital Future for Lotteries:

Lotteries across the United States must often take on multiple roles as revenue generators and sometimes as regulators, while moving into the emerging realm of ilotteries. What will this mean for public policy, for the gaming landscape, for their retailers and other stakeholders? 


3:10 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. 

Networking Break


3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Committee on Casinos

The Future of Brick-and-Mortar Casinos in a Changing World:

With roughly 1,000 casinos of some type in 42 states, the retail casino industry is an integral part of the US economy, but this mature industry faces a range of daunting challenges: How will it address an aging customer base, as well as new challenges from digital operators? Are tax policies that were developed decades ago in need of reform? Do casinos need to broaden or change their business model? What can policymakers do to guide these changes into new directions?


4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

VIP Reception for Sponsors and Donors (Invitation Only)

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Opening-Night Welcome Reception


7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Registration Open, Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable – open to all legislators



9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Select Committee on Inclusion and Diversity 

Policymakers across the United States share a vital interest in promoting diversity and inclusion in gaming. How should the gaming industry best ensure representation of diverse talent in gaming? How does the industry focus on identifying and advancing diverse talent into technical, management, operational and executive roles? What role can legislators and regulators play in advancing this agenda?



10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

General Session

Sports Betting Retrospective: Expectations, Reality and Lessons Learned

Since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in May 2018 to overturn PASPA, numerous states have adopted sports betting based on their own fiscal and economic expectations. What were those expectations? Were they met? If not, why? What could have been done differently? Are there lessons learned from the adoption of sports betting and igaming that others need to consider?


NCLGS Winter Meeting Concludes






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