June 23, 2016 16:14 ET

NCLGS Spotlights Massachusetts Gaming at July 29-31 Summer Meeting in Boston

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Jun 23, 2016) - The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will feature "Massachusetts Case Study: Lessons Learned from Gaming's Newest Entrant" at its Summer Meeting, July 29-31 at the Boston Marriott Newton.

The Massachusetts panel will exam the legislative, regulatory and development background of gaming in the Bay State.

"We at NCLGS know how seriously Massachusetts has looked at gaming, and its effort to get it right. The entire nation has a lot to learn from this case study," said Delaware Rep. Helene Keeley, who serves NCLGS president.

Massachusetts State Representative Brian Dempsey, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, will moderate the session. Panelists are:

  • Stephen Crosby, Chair, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
  • Paul DeBole, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lasell College
  • Robert DeSalvio, Senior Vice President of Development, Wynn Resorts
  • Jonathan Silverstein, Shareholder, Kopelman and Paige, PC
  • Seth Stratton, General Counsel, MGM Springfield
  • Abim Thomas, Counsel, Goodman Procter, LLP

Other confirmed speakers include regulators, attorneys, casino operators, lottery and pari-mutuel experts, and suppliers. The public can register to attend the Summer Meeting by clicking here.

The Summer Meeting begins July 29 with topical committee meetings and sessions that cover problem gambling, casino saturation, the future of lotteries, Indian gaming, and Internet gaming, among others. Other roundtable discussions will focus on gaming saturation in the Northeast, gaming taxation, and gaming policy. Attendees will also be able to participate in an on-site visit to Plainridge Park, the only casino currently operating in Massachusetts.

Visit for the full program and registration, and to make reservations by July 5 at the host Boston Marriott Newton at the special NCLGS rate of $149 per night (or call 800-228-9290).

Sponsorship opportunities, as well as scholarship opportunities for legislators, are still available. Contact Melissa Triplett at or 609-926-5100 for details. The NCLGS Summer and Winter meetings are organized and produced by Spectrum Gaming Group.

NCLGS is a non-partisan organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues in regard to gaming. NCLGS does not support or oppose gaming, but supports effective regulation and sound state policies, and is a source of nonpartisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation. The NCLGS Foundation, the educational and research arm of NCLGS, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.