New NCLGS President Sets Priorities, Expands Outreach to US Lawmakers 

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States is expanding its outreach to lawmakers across the United States to advance its goal of promoting best practices in gaming law and regulation.

That is a central policy goal for Sen. Jon Ford of Indiana, the recently installed president of this national organization, which convenes for its Winter Meeting, December 8-11 at Resorts World Las Vegas. In taking the helm of NCLGS, Ford is establishing several priorities, including:

  • Identifying best practices for legislators in promoting responsible gaming and addressing problem gambling

  • Combatting illegal gambling, as well as unregulated gaming

  • Working with states to effectively address the evolution of cashless wagering, both online and at brick-and-mortar casinos, including identifying effective controls to set limits on deposits and wagers.

  • Working with lotteries, gaming operators and other stakeholders that are considering the adoption or expansion of digital forms of gaming, including ilottery and igaming. The goals are to help such states establish effective regulatory and licensing practices.

  • Helping states understand the economic and social impacts of gaming

Ford will work with NCLGS officers as well as with Spectrum Gaming Group, which serves as Executive Director of NCLGS, to provide resources to state lawmakers as they consider issues related to gaming policy.

“NCLGS is neither pro-gaming nor anti-gaming, but we have long maintained a focus on helping states address concerns and identify best practices in gaming,” Ford said. “We have the resources to help, and we want states to join our organization and leverage those resources.”

Ford is encouraging lawmakers to attend the upcoming NCLGS event in Las Vegas, as well as future events that will be held in various locations across the United States. As the only gaming conferences that focuses on legislative decision-making, the NCLGS semiannual meetings attract dozens of lawmakers from across the country among the more than 300 expected attendees.

The four-day Winter Meeting will include six NCLGS Committee presentations, two general session panels, morning and luncheon keynote addresses, International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclasses, 2023 igaming legislative preview, two evening networking receptions, and off-site tours. The Sports Betting Regulators Association, a project of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, will once again co-locate with NCLGS, meeting on December 8.

Click here to view the Winter Meeting agenda and register to attend.

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 regulation and economic and social impacts 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. Learn more about NCLGS at

Spectrum Gaming Group, which has consulted for gaming operators, regulators, and legislatures in 40 U.S. states and territories and in 48 countries on six continents, serves as Executive Director of NCLGS. Discover more about Spectrum at
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