Another US Gaming Impact Study?

7 January 1999

A non-partisan group of U.S. state legislators plans to announce that it has commissioned a study--the Public Sector Gaming Study Commission--to address issues involving gaming in the U.S. They’ve specifically identified their agenda as neither promoting nor opposing gambling.

Various state and local government leaders have formed the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. Their representation includes only public sector officials: a governor, an attorney general, a representative from an Indian tribe, three regulators from each gaming track of pari-mutuel, lottery and casinos, a law enforcement official and three state legislators.

Funded by a university research grant, the focus will be on the impact of gaming in the areas of state fiscal policies and budgets, law enforcement, state credit ratings, peripheral supporting businesses, educational programs, employment and families.

Each of the individual members of the Commission has some level of activity in his or her respective state or local gaming associations or regulatory bodies.