Testing Labs for Gambling Systems in Nevada, in for Tougher Regulations
Assembly Bill (AB) 360, which amends Nevada’s existing gambling laws, includes tougher registration requirements covering independent testing laboratories (ITL). Inasmuch as the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) may use the services of independent testing laboratories registered in Nevada to inspect the games, gaming devices and gaming systems manufactured, sold or distributed for use not only by licensed operators in the State of Nevada, but also those that will be shipped or put into play outside of the State.
The bill includes a directive for the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) to require a Nevada registered ITL to include in its registration, information about persons with significant involvement in the organization and its testing procedures. Such persons are subject to investigatory proceedings and disciplinary actions in relation to any service activities pertaining to games and devices, whether for inter-casino, mobile or interactive gaming systems.
In line with this, the NGC upon the recommendation of the Board (NGCB), may further require the registered ITL, its owner/s (whether direct or beneficial), a partner, a director, an officer, a member, a trustee or a principal, to file an “application for a finding of suitability”. The suitability requirement forms part of the conditions that would affect the validity of an ITL’s registration; thus, any failure to submit an application within 30 days after demand, shall be deemed as unsuitable findings.
Moreover, the persons named and registered by the ITL will remain under the jurisdiction of the NGC as far as services related to gaming systems are concerned, even if no longer registered in connection with an independent testing laboratory.