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Governor to focus gaming committee on technology and web

Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau

Gov. Brian Sandoval said Friday he will convene the Gaming Policy Committee to focus on technology including the potential legalization of Internet gaming.

The full Gaming Policy Committee meets at the governor’s call but hasn’t held a session since the mid-1980s, according to the governor’s office.

“I hope to help sketch a roadmap for the journey ahead,” said Sandoval at the Gaming Law Conference in Las Vegas.”

“If we are, as I believe, entering a new era in gaming history, I intend as governor to ensure it is as successful and secure as the last 80 years have been,” he said.

He specifically cited the possibility of the federal government lifting the ban on Internet poker that could change the direction of gaming and have statewide implications on tax policy, workforce and infrastructure development.

He said the industry is changing and that the pace of change is accelerating.

“In the face of this kind of change, the gaming industry will modernize as well,” he said.

The committee, headed by the governor, includes two lawmakers appointed by the Legislative Commission, representatives of the Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission, Indian tribes and five gubernatorial appointees. Sandoval will announce his appointees and the date for the first meeting at a later date.