Modernizing Nevada’s gaming industry with regulatory changes and cybersecurity measures

Lea Hogg 1 month ago
Modernizing Nevada’s gaming industry with regulatory changes and cybersecurity measures

The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) has approved changes that are poised to significantly impact the Nevada gaming industry. These changes aim to streamline and modernize the regulatory process, enhancing regulatory efficiency. For example, the NGC has empowered the Chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board to grant administrative approval to the spouse, next of kin, personal representative, guardian, or heir of a licensee. This is expected to save estates both time and money, leaving more resources available to creditors and heirs. In addition, the NGC has introduced new cybersecurity regulations.

These require gaming operators to secure their information systems against cyberattacks. Operators are required to perform an initial risk assessment of their systems by the end of 2023 and take any necessary and ongoing steps to prevent attacks. In the event of a successful breach compromising player or employee data, credit card information, and/or other records, properties will be required to report it to gaming regulators within 72 hours. The definition of a “gaming employee” has also been revised to include more general categories. This allows for more flexibility as titles and job duties evolve, providing more clarity and adaptability in the rapidly evolving gaming industry. Furthermore, amendments to NGC Regulation 8 have consolidated the transfer of interest process. This allows for administrative approval of certain transfers and recognizes digital certificates for transactions, simplifying and expediting the transfer of interest process.

These changes are part of the government’s broader efforts to ensure that the regulation of land-based gambling is fit for the modern age and is proportionate to the risk associated with the gambling products on offer. However, while these changes aim to revitalize the sector, they also underscore the importance of having safeguards in place to protect consumers. The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) convened on May 16, 2024, at their Las Vegas office, with Chair Hon. Jennifer Togliatti and members Rosa Solis-Rainey, Hon. Brian Krolicki, George M. Markantonis, and Justice Abbi Silver in attendance. The meeting’s disposition is pending approval, subject to potential revisions at the next NGC meeting.

Meeting Highlights

The session began with public comments, including discussions on Regulation 5 changes and input from the Culinary and Bartenders Unions regarding

Station Casinos. Approval of Previous Disposition: The Commission approved the disposition from April 2024.

Nonrestricted Items: A series of nonrestricted agenda items were reviewed, with actions taken as outlined in the meeting materials.

Restricted Items: Similarly, restricted agenda items were considered, with corresponding actions taken. Employee Registration Appeal: An appeal by Alicia Conrad (Case No. 2010-7643L) was addressed, resulting in a sustained objection.

Regulatory Actions

The NGC adopted several regulations, including amendments to NGC Regulation 10.041, hosting centre provisions, and gross revenue computations for slot machines. Transfer of Interest Process: Amendments to NGC Regulation 8 consolidated the transfer of interest process, allowing for administrative approval of certain transfers and recognizing digital certificates for transactions. The meeting also included administrative reports and updates from Board Chair Hendrick, who welcomed Commissioner Silver and provided a workshop update. The NGC continues to adapt and refine its regulatory framework to ensure the integrity and growth of Nevada’s gaming industry.

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