The Nevada Legislature, which meets every other year for 120 days, recently wrapped their 2017 session. In this session, the Legislature tackled a diverse set of issues that will impact gaming companies that operate in Nevada, including changes to the confidentiality of information submitted to Nevada's gaming regulators, allowing for pari-mutuel wagers on esports and other events beyond traditional sports and racing, and adjusting the boundaries for casino resort development within the city of Las Vegas.
Assembly Bill 75 - Nevada Gaming Control Board's Omnibus Bill
Assembly Bill 75, which was brought by the Nevada Gaming Control Board ("Board"), exempts manufacturers, distributors, and independent contractors associated with gaming from certain licensing requirements and revises provisions governing the regulation of trustees of an employee stock ownership plan by the Nevada Gaming Commission ("Commission"). What may be the most interesting change, however, is this bill's addition of a fifth possible action that Nevada gaming regulators may take to dispose of a gaming application: "rejection of the application." Before this bill, the Commission could approve or deny an application, or refer the application back to staff (the fourth option available is withdrawal of the application, which may be done at the Board level only). Now, the Commission may "reject" an application. Such a rejection is not a "denial," but it allows the Commission to dispose of an application without having to deny it. This was done to provide the Commission more flexibility. But what is unclear is how other jurisdictions will handle a multi-jurisdictional applicant or licensee that has received a rejection (but not a denial) from Nevada. Additionally, gaming contracts regularly address contingencies that include what may happen if a licensing application that is required for a party to fulfill a contract is withdrawn or denied. This standard gaming contract language will need to be updated to reflect the additional potential outcome of "rejection."
Assembly Bill 219 - Adjusting Gaming Districts in the City of Las Vegas
This was a bill brought on behalf of the City of Las Vegas to help them redefine the location of Gaming Enterprise Districts ("GEDs") within city boundaries, to balance between gaming development and preservation of settled residential areas. This bill eliminates a portion of the Las Vegas Boulevard gaming corridor GED where that GED encroached into an established...