State legislators to debate gaming topics

Dec 14, 2004 6:23 AM

The impact of gaming on horse racing and the impact of the current poker craze are two hot topics to be explored by legislators at the annual Winter Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS), next month in Duck Key, Florida.

State legislators from across the country will meet at Hawk’s Cay Resort to focus on these public policy questions and learn from others’ experiences related to gaming.

The winter meeting of the NCLGS will be held Jan. 14-16.

"The NCLGS conference will help state legislators gear up for the many gaming agendas we will all face in the states as legislative seasons begin," said Florida State Senator Steven A. Geller, who serves as NCLGS president.

The conference will begin with a NCLGS first: the Thoroughbred Summit, a high-octane session in which horse racing leaders will share their views on the changing forces impacting racing.

Many states are debating the placement of slot machines at race tracks and the input of officials who have survived the process will be welcomed by members.

The unprecedented popularity of poker will be discussed in detail by experts in a session called, Poker: When to Hold and When to Fold. State legislators will hear about how this phenomenon impacts casino gaming, whether or not it presents a special danger for compulsive gamblers, and where poker accompanied by bets is permitted and not permitted.

Finally, in a specially-designed presentation timed for the beginning of the new legislative year, NCLGS has created a Gaming 101 presentation for newly-elected legislators.

The conference’s committee agendas will also include in-depth discussions including:

”¡ Internet gambling: federal plans and state responses

”¡ Racing and medication

”¡ Tribal and state relationships as Indian gaming expands.

More than 150 state legislators, gaming regulators and pari-mutuel officials are expected to participate in this year’s conference.