[From the NCLGS website -- About Us]
The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues in regard to gaming. Members of NCLGS chair or are members of committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the proper regulation of the industry.
NCLGS is a proactive participant in educating legislators on gaming issues, in the development of public policy related to state-authorized gaming, and, where consensus exists, in representing the states before Congress and the executive branch of the federal government on states’ rights issues relating to gaming.
NCLGS is structured to include committees on lotteries; pari-mutuels; casinos, bingo and charitable gaming; and state-federal relations focusing on Indian gaming issues, telephone and internet wagering, and gambling on the navigable waters.
NCLGS meetings provide information on cutting edge gaming issues that legislators need to know. NCLGS programs include balanced panel presentations that offer opposing views.
Legislators, regulators, other public officials and gaming industry representatives from 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C. and Canada, have participated in NCLGS meetings. Participating state legislators have heard from different sides on such issues as:
bingo and charitable gaming
lottery advertising and unclaimed lottery prize money
lottery assignment companies
pari-mutuel interstate wagering
the future of pari-mutuels and related industries
cruises to nowhere
the renewal of state-Indian compacts
internet and telephone account wagering
the impact of problem gambling on individuals, families and society