Nevada Governor reconvenes Gaming Policy Committee

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has reconvened the state's Gaming Policy Committee to review a host of issues including online gaming and daily fantasy sports.

The committee has been reconvened under executive order and is comprised of the Governor, who serves as chair, alongside select members of the state legislature, gaming regulators, restricted and non-restricted licensees, a tribal representative, and members of the general public.

Sandoval’s order calls for the Gaming Policy Committee to take up issues related to the status of Nevada’s interactive gaming agreement, innovative gaming devices, daily fantasy sports, skill-based games and other industry innovations.

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests were effectively outlawed in Nevada in October 2015 when the Gaming Control Board - citing the opinion of the Attorney General - ruled that the activity is classed as gambling under the terms of the Nevada Gaming Control Act, with operators requiring a licence to offer DFS to Nevada players.

"Nevada has always been the epicenter for global gaming entertainment, regulation, and innovation. The industry is constantly changing as more states and countries enter into this increasingly competitive field, and I believe the changes we are witnessing demand the attention of Nevada’s policy leaders," said Sandoval.

"I am reconvening the Gaming Policy Committee in order to bring these Nevada leaders together to address recent gaming challenges and opportunities, in full view of the international gaming community. There is no better place in the world to host this important conversation than Nevada, and I look forward to working with this Committee and its stakeholders to continue to set the pace and standards for global gaming industry."

The Gaming Policy Committee was first established in 1961 and was last reconvened in 2012 to provide recommendations on how Nevada can best regulate interactive gaming. The committee's objective is to gather input from various constituencies on gaming policy issues, for possible future consideration by Nevada’s Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission. Its recommendations are advisory only.



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