UK and US legislators to exchange views on gambling

UK and US legislators to exchange views on gambling

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Posted by Andy McCarron
NCLGS Winter Meeting will kick off discussions

Legislators from the United States and the United Kingdom will share their perspectives and ideas on the outlook of all aspects of legalised gaming in a unique, cross-continent exchange involving two prominent organisations of gaming lawmakers.

On 6-8 January 2017, the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will host its Winter Meeting at the Hotel Valley Ho. Lawmakers from around the world, including British Members of Parliament, are expected to attend to share their ideas, concerns and plans as it relates to all aspects of gaming.

One month later, the British All Party Parliamentary Betting & Gaming Group will host the International Legislator's Day in London. The meeting will gather international legislators, including NCLGS members, for a day of educational and networking activities.

NCLGS President Bill Galvano, a state senator from Florida, commented: "At NCLGS, we have long recognised that elected officials can best learn from each other as to what works and what doesn't when it comes to gaming policy. As gaming is a global industry, our members must expand our horizons, and learn from our counterparts overseas, and they in turn can learn much from our experience."

International Legislators' Day will be held 7 February, on the opening day of ICE Totally Gaming, the world's largest gaming exhibition, with 30,000 expected attendees. The day's activities will include a visit to ICE Totally Gaming; an international policy seminar; tours of a betting shop, bingo hall and London casino; and a reception at the historical Palace of Westminster.

Philip Davies MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary All-Party Betting & Gaming Group, added: "We believe that while each gambling jurisdiction's issues are unique, there are concerns such as preventing gambling addiction, protecting against crime, ensuring the integrity of sports and getting levels of taxation correct, that are common issues for all of us.”

NCLGS Winter Meeting registration is open to all legislators and the general public. In addition to legislators, other confirmed speakers include regulators, attorneys, casino operators, lottery and pari-mutuel experts, and suppliers. Access registration here


The following experts will address legislators in committee presentations and panels over the course of the three-day event:

  • Mark Brnovich, Attorney General for the State of Arizona
  • Whit Askew, American Gaming Association
  • John Barron, Ohio Casino Control Commission
  • Dennis Berg, Ohio Lottery
  • Les Bernal, Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation
  • Jan Jones Blackhurst, Caesars Entertainment
  • Steve Bodmer, Pechanga Tribal Government
  • Scott Bowen, Michigan Lottery
  • Ed Bowers, MGM Resorts International
  • Frank Chesky, Sportech Inc.
  • Tiffany Conklin, California Gambling Control Commission
  • Andrew Crowe, Vantiv
  • Joginder Dhillon, Office of CA Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr
  • Dennis M.P. Ehling, Blank Rome
  • Marc Ellinger, Blitz Bardgett & Deutsch, LC
  • Alan Feldman, MGM Resorts International
  • Kurt Freedlund, LottoInteractive
  • Steve Geller, Geller Law Firm
  • Lance George, Plainridge Park Casino
  • Stephen Hart, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
  • Jack Jeziorski, Monarch Content Management
  • Randhir Jha, Indiana Legislative Services
  • Keith Johnson, AmTote International
  • Marie Jones, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Steve Keech, AmTote International
  • John Maloney, Law Offices of John K. Maloney
  • Chris McErlean, Penn National Gaming
  • Donn Mitchell, Isle of Capri Casinos
  • Rod Motamedi, University of Massachusetts
  • Kevin Mullally, Gaming Laboratories International
  • Tom Nieman, JCM
  • William Noonan, Boyd Gaming Corp
  • Jed Nosal, Law Offices of John K. Maloney
  • Bill Pascrell, Princeton Public Affairs Group
  • Kerry Patterson, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP,
  • Michael Pollock, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Marcus Prater, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM)
  • Doug Reed, RG&E LLC
  • Jeremiah Ritchie, Office of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
  • Russell Sanna, National Center for Responsible Gaming
  • Val Spicer, Arizona Indian Gaming Association
  • Adam Steinberg, Spectrum Gaming Capital
  • Paul Sternburg, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Marlene Warner, Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
  • Joseph Weinert, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Dennis Whittlesey, Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • Mike Zatezalo, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
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