State Policymakers to Discuss New-Era Pari-Mutuel Issues, Other Gaming Topics at January 5-7 Winter Meeting in Miami

Dec. 19, 2017 – More than 40 legislators from 16 states will convene January 5-7, 2018, for the Winter Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Among the many topics at the conference, experts will discuss whether potential pari-mutuel wagering on different events such as esports, daily fantasy and sports auto racing is an opportunity or threat for the operators of traditional pari-mutuel facilities.

“As racetrack operators continue their efforts to appeal to new and younger demographics, they also may consider expanding their wagering options beyond horses and dogs,” said Delaware Representative John Viola, who chairs the NCLGS Committee on Pari-Mutuels. “Our panel of experts from varying vantage points will provide thought-provoking commentary on this important subject.”

Tying into the pari-mutuel discussion, nearby Gulfstream Park will host a Saturday afternoon property tour for Winter Meeting attendees.

The NCLGS Winter Meeting registration is open to the public at Special room rates are available at the host hotel for a limited time.

The NCLGS Winter Meeting agenda features:

  • Legislative committee sessions, including Casino, Lottery, State-Federal Relations, Responsible Gaming, and Pari-Mutuel
  • Three general sessions, including two Masterclasses from the International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Women in Gaming Keynote Luncheon
  • Kickoff Keynote from American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman
  • Friday evening Welcome Reception

The Winter Meeting is approved for Continuing Legal Education credits by the Florida Bar (14.0) and the Nevada Board (10.0).

NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming. Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the proper regulation of the industry. The NCLGS Foundation is the educational and research arm of NCLGS. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is a source of non-partisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation.

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