The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, a body of lawmakers from across the United States, has announced that members of the British Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming Group will join them to exchange ideas and information at the next annual gathering in January 2017 in Scottsville, Arizona.
Legislators from the two groups will share their perspectives on the outlook of all aspects of legalised gaming in a unique, cross-continent exchange.
One month later, the British All Party Parliamentary Betting and Gaming Group will host the International Legislator’s Day in London, England. The meeting will gather international legislators, including NCLGS members, for a day of educational and networking activities.
“At NCLGS, we have long recognized that elected officials can best learn from each other as to what works and what doesn’t when it comes to gaming policy,” said NCLGS President Bill Galvano, a state senator from Florida.
“As gaming is a global industry, our members must expand our horizons, and learn from our counterparts overseas, and they in turn can learn much from our experience.”
International Legislators’ Day will be held February 7 next year, on the opening day of ICE Totally Gaming, the world’s largest gaming exhibition, with 30,000 expected attendees. The day’s activities will include a visit to ICE Totally Gaming; an international policy seminar; tours of a betting shop, bingo hall and London casino; and a reception at the historical Palace of Westminster.
“We believe that while each gambling jurisdiction’s issues are unique, there are concerns such as preventing gambling addiction, protecting against crime, ensuring the integrity of sports and getting levels of taxation correct, that are common issues for all of us,” said Philip Davies MP, chairman of the Parliamentary All-Party Betting and Gaming Group, which is currently reviewing the use of FOBTs and responsible gambling in UK retail betting shops.