NCLGS Winter Meeting — New Orleans 2019

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

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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. — 8:25 a.m. NCLGS Officers & Committee Chairs Meeting
(Invitation Only)
8:30 a.m. — 8:50 a.m. Keynote Address:

8:50 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Welcome Address:
NCLGS President William P. Coley II, Senator, Ohio
The Big Picture: Focus on Freshman Class of Legislators
9:00 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.


9:15 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.

Sports Betting

9:45 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Economic Impacts, Tax Policy

10:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.

Responsible Gaming

10:45 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Bingo and Charitable Gaming

Committee Sessions
11:00 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 in oversight, in fostering growth, and in providing services?

12:00 p.m. — 1:15 p.m. Keynote Luncheon

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

Chris ChristieGovernor 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.

1:15 p.m. — 2:00 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 contend 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 examine HHR from legal, regulatory and operational perspectives.

2:00 p.m. — 2:45 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.

2:45 p.m. — 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 p.m. — 4:00 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?

4:00 p.m. — 4:45 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?

4:45 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Committee on Sports Betting: Focus on US Rollout

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?

5:30 p.m. — 6:00 a.m. VIP Reception for Sponsors and Donors
(Invitation Only)
6:00 p.m. — 7:30 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 four 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.

9:45 a.m. — 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable

Afternoon: Off-Site Event TBA

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? What factors must states, and their selected operators, consider when contemplating the tourism component?

10:30 a.m. NCLGS Winter Meeting Concludes

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