2018 will be a monumental year for the gaming industry.
Building upon our mutual achievements of the past three years, the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the American Gaming Association (AGA) are working to tackle federal prohibitions, outdated regulatory regimes and antiquated tax policies that affect tribal and commercial gaming alike.
And more than ever before, we’re doing so together. As our segments of the gaming industry have grown over the past two decades, so, too has our working relationship.
Moving beyond a limited partnership at the annual Global Gaming Expo, three years ago we agreed to open communications and find opportunities to work together to address common issues we face in the industry.
Since our first discussions in 2015, we have sought to break down barriers, making tremendous progress along the way. Together we have: 1. Established regular communication between our organizations, so that both the AGA and NIGA are better informed and united on issues; 2.
Worked together to combat the IRS proposal to lower the slot win reporting threshold from $1,200 to $600; and, 3.
Continued our collaboration on numerous business issues that affect both sovereign government tribal gaming and commercial gaming operations: a.
Advancing anti-money laundering efforts with the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN); b.
Raising awareness and education around the issue of human trafficking; c.
Promoting responsible gambling across the industry; and, d. Educating our industry on the importance of being prepared for security threats. We’ve learned through our successful advocacy and our collaboration in times of crisis like last year’s tragedy in Las Vegas that our industry is strongest when we work together.
Tribal and commercial gaming There are a number of efforts we’re already working on together that will take shape through out 2018, and probably many more that we don’t yet foresee. In the months ahead, NIGA and the AGA will collaborate on:
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