NGISCNational Gambling Impact Study Commission
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President Clinton signed Public Law 104-169 authorizing the creation of the NGISC on August 3, 1996.
31) Notwithstanding the difficulty in predicting future Internet activity, the NGISC stated that essentially all observers predict the continuance of rapid growth in Internet gambling.
Under this Act, Congress established the NGISC to conduct a two-year comprehensive study focusing on the social and economic implications of gambling in the United States.
The NGISC final report offered a number of suggestions.
137) The NGISC Final Report severely criticizes aspects of sports betting (even more than Internet gambling), specifically recommending "that betting on collegiate and amateur athletic events that is currently legal be banned altogether.
The NGISC found that state lotteries function as a regressive tax, in that those who can afford it least tend to play the most, while benefits go to those who are better off.
The NGISC estimated that Americans bet between $80 billion and $380 billion annually on sports events, making it the most widespread and popular form of gambling in the United States.
The NGISC study also found little to no improvement in local standards of living following casino openings.
The NGISC recommended that the gambling industry contribute to prevention, research, and treatment via a gambling privilege tax.
Step, if you please, into the robes of an NGISC commissioner and consider the options before you.
In finding for a pause, the NGISC noted that the "existing evidence is insufficient to compel a consensus" but worried nonetheless that "the country has gone very far very fast regarding an activity the consequences of which, frankly, no one really knows much about.
After the NGISC issued its final report in 1999, I was hired by the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) in Washington, DC to help shape the national research agenda for the tribal government gaming industry.