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Governor reconvening committee to study gaming issues

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Gov. Brian Sandoval sits in his office at the Capitol on Friday, April 17, 2015, in Carson City.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced today he is reconvening the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee to look into ongoing issues in the gaming industry.

The committee will bring together politicians, stakeholders from the Nevada gaming community and others to discuss issues related to daily fantasy sports, skill-based games, the state’s interactive gaming agreement and other issues.

Members will gather information and make recommendations for possible consideration by the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission.

“Nevada has always been the epicenter for global gaming entertainment, regulation and innovation,” Sandoval said. “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.”

Nevada regulators in October banned providers of daily fantasy sports from operating in the state without a license. Gaming regulators said daily fantasy sports is considered gambling and requires a sportsbook license.

About the same time, regulators approved a set of regulations for skill-based slot machines.

The 12-member committee will be made up of the governor, members of the state Legislature and others, including gaming regulators, restricted and nonrestricted licensees, a tribal representative and members of the public.

Sandoval last convened the committee in 2012 to provide suggestions on how to regulate interactive gaming. The committee was first established in 1961.

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