The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will welcome new legislators from across the country who want to learn the basics about regulated gaming with a special forum titled “The Big Picture” when the organization holds its Winter Meeting on January 4-6 at Harrah’s New Orleans.

“With some form of gambling legal in 48 states, it is important for legislators to understand the regulatory, performance, economic and social issues associated with the various forms of gaming,” said NCLGS vice president Jennifer E. Benson, a representative from Massachusetts. “We have assembled a panel of experts in different disciplines to educate new legislators – and refresh more experienced legislators.”

The Big Picture will feature presentations on different aspects of the gaming industry. The expert presenters comprise Lynne Levin Kaufman, partner Cooper Levenson Law Firm; May Scheve Reardon, executive director, Missouri Lottery Sports Betting;  Lee Richardson, CEO, Gaming Economics, and Principal, Spectrum Gaming Sports Group; Michael Pollock, MD, Spectrum Gaming Group; Keith Whyte, executive director, National Council on Problem Gambling; E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, associate commissioner, National Indian Gaming Commission; and Eric Hamelback, CEO, National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

More than 200 attendees, including dozens of state legislators, are expected to attend the three-day NCLGS Winter Meeting. The conference agenda will include a keynote luncheon address from former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose arguments before the Supreme Court resulted in overturning the federal prohibition on sports betting. Six legislative committee sessions comprise Casinos, Emerging Forms of Gaming, Lotteries, Pari-Mutuels, Sports Betting/iGaming, and State-Federal Relations.