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MGCB APPOINTEE BARBARA SMITH TESTIFIES

The Senate Regulatory Reform committee held a hearing October 18, 2017, at which Governor Snyder’s appointee to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Barbara Smith, testified. 

Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-28thState Senate District) posed a series of questions asking Ms. Smith to detail her professional experience, disclose whether she or her family members had any interest in any casino or licensed supplier, what she felt the MGCB’s greatest challenges were moving forward, and finally whether she thought fantasy sports were illegal.  Ms. Smith replied that neither she nor her relatives had any interest in any licensed casino or supplier.  She then went on to detail her background, indicating that she went to Cooley law school.  She testified that she has always had an interest in volunteering for public service, noting that she had run for office a few times and most recently served six years on the Attorney Grievance Commission, the last three as chairperson.  Ms. Smith testified that roughly 80% of her law practice is advance dispute resolution such as mediation.  She noted that she has three adult children.  Ms. Smith indicated that her personal challenge was that she is brand new to the area of gaming and that she will have a steep learning curve.  Finally, she testified that she doesn’t play fantasy sports, but explained that that the MGCB appears to be well suited to the role of the regulator and that if the legislature passes a fantasy sports bill, then the MGCB (or whoever the regulator may be) will apply the law as passed.

Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-13thState Senate District) asked what her motivation and interest was in the position.  Ms. Smith replied that she was looking for another volunteer position after her term at the Attorney Grievance commission ended and she was approached by Governor Snyder.

 

 

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RMC (www.rmclegal.com) has assembled the following links to assist visitors in locating relevant information on the Internet. Should you have suggestions for expanding the link directory, please send an email to info@michigangaming.com.
 

  • American Gaming Association- The trade association for the commercial casino industry. http://www.americangaming.org/
     
  • Global Gaming Expo - (G2E) is the international gaming trade show and conference “by the industry and for the industry.”  It is the pre-eminent show for the gaming-entertainment industry.
    http://www.globalgamingexpo.com
     
  • Canadian Gaming News- Considered the authority of the Canadian Gaming Industry, Canadian Gaming News is read by gaming executive across Canada and in eleven additional countries. http://www.canadiangaming.com
     
  • Casino Careers Online - A site dedicated to posting casino employees resumes for free. http://www.casinocareers.com
     
  • CasinoCenter- Comprehensive casino gaming site with information on game strategies, casinos and access to casino gaming's best publications. http://www.casinocenter.com
     
  • CasinoCity- Complete casino directory and more. http://www.casinocity.com
     
  • Caesars Windsor- The official site of Caesars Windsor.  http://www.caesarswindsor.com
     
  • Christiansen Capital Advisors, LLC- Numerous aspects of world-wide gaming news.  http://www.cca-i.com
     
  • Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C.- A full service law firm with offices in Lansing (the state capitol) and Detroit, Michigan. Attorney David Waddell and Gaming Analyst Robert Russell of Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C., (www.rmclegal.com) were both members of the Fraser firm for decades and work cooperatively with the lawyers and lobbyists of the Fraser firm to ensure appropriate specialized client service for mutual clients. The two firms practice independently, and not in the joint practice of law. www.fraserlawfirm.com.
     
  • Gamblingcompliance.com -Critical compliance information for the gaming industry www.gamblingcompliance.com   
     
  • Gamingfloor.com - An online resource for casino trade and industry news.  www.gamingfloor.com.
     
  • Global Gaming Magazine- Global Gaming Business magazine, a division of Casino Connection International, is the leading monthly gaming trade magazine that focuses solely on the international casino gaming industry. It is the gaming industry’s complete source for business information. Global Gaming Business is distributed to 15,000 of the industry’s most important executives around the world, as well as public officials, regulators, attorneys, Native American governments and anyone interested in the business of the casino industry. http://www.ggbmagazine.com
     
  • Greektown Casino  - Greektown Casino's official Web site.  http://www.greektowncasino.com
     
  • Horse Racing Links -
    www.ARCI.com
    www.bloodhorse.com
    www.bris.com
     
  • Indian Gaming News - An excellent source for nation-wide news on Indian gaming. http://www.pechanga.net/homepage.html
     
  • International Game Technology - Product and industry information. http://www.igtgame.com
     
  • MichiganDepartment of Community Health -A website providing aid for compulsive gambling.  http://www.michigan.gov/mdch
     
  • MGM Grand Detroit Casino - MGM Grand Detroit, L.L.C. casino's official Web site. http://www.mgmdetroit.com/
     
  • MichiganGaming Control Board - Information on Michigan's casino gaming industry. http://www.michigan.gov/mgcb
     
  • MichiganGovernment- Michigan government news and information including an index of press releases. http://www.michigan.gov/
     
  • MichiganHorse Racing  - General information on the Michigan Horse Racing industry. http://www.michigan.gov/mgcb/0,1607,7-120-55140---,00.html
     
  • MichiganLottery Bureau Web Site - Information on the product offerings and operations of the Michigan Lottery Bureau. http://www.michigan.gov/lottery
     
  • MississippiGaming Law - News and informational website devoted specifically to the Mississippi gaming industry.
    http://msgaminglaw.com/
     
  • MotorCity Casino - MotorCity Casino's official Web site. http://www.motorcitycasino.com
     
  • NationalCenterfor Responsible Gaming -A source for help with compulsive and problem gambling.  http://www.ncrg.org
     
  • National Council on Problem Gambling - Information regarding gambling responsibly.  http://www.ncpgambling.org
     
  • National Tribal Gaming Commissioners / Regulators- A national organization of different tribal regulators and commissions. http://www.ntgcr.com/
     
  • Research North, Inc.- Provides gaming-related investigative services.   http://www.researchnorth.com
     
  • Resort Advantage -The makers of the award-winning Title 31 AcceleratorTMsuite of Title 31 compliance applications.  Resort Advantage is an industry leader, specializing in innovations for FinCEN and IRS regulatory compliance for casino customers in any jurisdiction.http://www.resort-advantage.com/
 

iGaming North America Conference Comes to a Close - iGaming Advances in Nevada

The third annual iGaming North America Conference, (“iGNA”), came to a close yesterday. The event was held from February 19-21, 2013 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. iGNA is a networking and education event based around the convergence of land-based and online gambling.

The goal of the conference was to educate and increase understanding regarding the potential regulatory impacts of internet gambling in the U.S. and Canada, and to provide critical information regarding the players, resources, legislative framework and topics that are important to the commercial gaming segment.

Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA) noted that he “wouldn’t be surprised if a new [federal online gaming] bill was introduced in this session.”  He noted that he was “still hopeful something will get done.”

Mr. Fahrenkopf, who has been the CEO of the AGA since its inception in 1995, has presided over several notable accomplishments for the association, including the positive findings and recommendations of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, the establishment and good works of the National Center for Responsible Gaming, and the worldwide success of industry trade shows the Global Gaming Expo and G2E Asia.  He will transition away from his AGA position effective June 30, 2013.

Nevada Passes Interactive Gaming Bill

Yesterday, February 21, 2013, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 114 into law, which authorizes expanded interactive gaming.

The bill, which was fast tracked through the Nevada legislative process after only eighteen days of the current session, removes the provision requiring federal legislation or Department of Justice approval before online gaming licenses are made active, effectively establishing online gaming in Nevada. The bill also requires the Nevada Gaming Commission to adopt regulations authorizing the Governor to enter into agreements with other states to conduct interactive gaming.

“This is an extraordinarily important bill to our economy,” stated Gov. Sandoval. “I signed into law the frame work that will usher in the next frontier of gaming in Nevada. This bill is critical to our state’s economy, and ensures that we will continue to be the gold standard for gaming regulation.”

The new legislation removes regulatory barriers impeding interstate online gaming. Specifically, it allows Nevada licensees to enter into compacts with other states to offer online gaming. Under the bill, operating licenses for gaming establishments would only be available to a “resort hotel that holds a nonrestricted license to operate games and gaming devices.”

The bill would ban for a period of five years some companies who illegally participated in the online gaming market between 2006 and 2011.

Notably, similar efforts to allow for online gaming have been introduced in several states including New Jersey and Delaware.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stated Tuesday that he would sign into law an internet gaming bill if certain changes are made to currently proposed legislation.  Additionally, the Delaware Lottery is currently seeking requests for proposals for bids from vendors to operate the state’s centralized online gaming system under the stipulation that it would be up and running by September 30 of this year.

 

Office of the Racing Commissioner

Effective January 17, 2010 the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) officially assumed the duties of the Office of the Racing Commissioner (ORC).

On October 8, 2009, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm issued Executive Order No. 2009-45 which, among other things, transfers the regulation of horse racing from the Office of Racing Commissioner to the MGCB. The ORC and the position of Racing Commissioner were abolished by the Order.

MGCB Executive Director Rick Kalm now performs the functions of the Racing Commissioner.

 

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