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Governor Sandoval Addresses Gaming Law Section at 2011 Conference

Governor Sandoval Addresses Gaming Law Section at 2011 Conference

Photo (L-R):  Jeff Rodefer, Chairman-Gaming Law Section; A.G. Burnett, Member-State Gaming Control Board; Governor Brian Sandoval; Pete Bernhard, Chairman-Nevada Gaming Commission; and Mark Lipparelli, Chairman-State Gaming Control Board. Photo taken by Beau Sterling.


On November 4, the Gaming Law Section hosted the 2011 Gaming Law Conference at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The 10th year of this annual conference drew nearly 100 participants to hear panel discussions on local licensing issues, compliance programs and online tournaments, contests and promotions. The presenters included a roundtable discussion by Pete Bernhard, Chairman of Nevada Gaming Commission, and Mark Lipparelli, Chairman of the State Gaming Control Board, regarding Nevada’s pending Regulation 5A to govern online poker and the American Gaming Association’s whitepaper on regulatory reform.

The luncheon was highlighted by Governor Brian Sandoval, who gave the keynote address and publicly announced his intention to reconstitute the long dormant Gaming Policy Committee. Governor Sandoval emphasized the need to keep Nevada the “gold standard” in leading not only the U.S. in gaming regulation and innovation, but also the world. To this end, the governor intends for the Gaming Policy Committee to advise the Legislature and the industry on important policy and regulatory matters, including technology and online gaming. The committee will be comprised of 11 members. The Governor stated he would serve as the Chairman, also serving on the committee will be Pete Bernhard and Mark Lipparelli. Two members will be appointed by the Legislature, two from Nevada Indian tribes and the Governor will appoint five members, including two representing the interests of nonrestricted licensees, one from the restricted licensees and two from the general public.

The 2012 Gaming Law Conference is scheduled for Friday, November 16, 2012.

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