Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Nevada Republicans split on handling of massive budget hole

Kelley Robertson | 04 June, 2017, 05:40

At least it's legal in Nevada after Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law Senate Bill 240. Deputies to the governor are now negotiating with Democratic leaders after a day that saw Sandoval veto several measures and saw Republican legislators vote against five budget implementation bills, including funding for a Northern Nevada veterans' home. Senate Bill 240 will modify the Nevada statutes regarding pari-mutuel betting systems to include competitive gaming, as well as award shows like The Oscars. "Other events" has been added throughout to add to the likes of horse and dog races and general sporting events.

The NGC may also require fingerprinting of those obtaining licenses and information regarding the applicant's habits, antecedents and character.

The US state of Nevada saw its overall gaming revenue increase by 1.19% to $886.5m (£689m/€790m) in April 2017 from $876.1m for the same month in 2016.

Sandoval vetoed Senate Bill 374 (Opioid Addiction) and Senate Bill 416 (Medical Marijuana Apprenticeship Program), surmising "these are subjects that warrant further study and review to consider the efficacy, health effects and legality of these issues".

Nevada's broad school choice program is on thin ice-a potential casualty of a battle over funding priorities between the state's Republicans, including the governor, and Democrats who control the state legislature.

The bill states the following: "The Nevada Gaming Commission shall, and it is granted the power to, demand access to and inspect all books and records of any person licensed pursuant to this chapter pertaining to and affecting the subject of the license". While there is no exact mention of esports in the amendment, it does fall under the new wording. Las Vegas recently saw the creation of the 15,000 square foot Millenial Esports Arena, which held the Halo World Championship, and a Madden Tournament in March. Across the pond, the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Gambling Commission. The Luxor has also announced it will house a multi-tiered dedicated esports arena. Already casinos have been building up eSports betting pavilions in Las Vegas, because gaming analysts believe that these games and ones like them appeal more to millennials than slot machines.

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