May 24, 2024 3 min read

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Nevada Gaming Control Board Maintains Secrecy Amidst Calls for Transparency

Statute NRS 463.120 mandates the confidentiality of all information related to gaming inquiries

There are a few red flags surrounding how the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) handles confidentiality. People are worried that this might affect the transparency and answerability of the state’s very profitable casino industry. 

Confidentiality Laws Hinder Public Scrutiny of Nevada’s Casinos

Licensing and regulating casinos in Nevada is the duty of the NGCB. It works under laws that make all inquiry files confidential. Critics argue that this provision in the Nevada Revised Statutes does not promote openness within an industry where billions are made.

The Enforcement Division together with the Investigations Division at NGCB perform critical activities like background checks on those seeking licenses as well as looking into crimes committed within or against any gaming establishment licensed by them. Unfortunately, these processes remain undisclosed owing to NRS 463.120 which states that anything connected with gaming inquiries should be kept secret, reported The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

David Cuillier, director of the Brechner Freedom of Information Project, has pointed out that confidentiality laws are problematic. According to Cuillier, such exceptions to open records laws – often aimed at shielding corporate secrets – diminish accountability and thwart public scrutiny. These exceptions, he said, have gradually chipped away at open record laws since the 1970s, making it much harder to get information.

Controversial Confidentiality Clause Thwarts Media Coverage of High-Profile Cases

The “confidentiality clause” has been a major point of contention in many high-profile cases. One of them was in regard to Scott Sibella who used to work as an executive with MGM Grand and Resorts World. During the Sibella investigation, when The Las Vegas Review-Journal requested public records concerning the case, the NGCB declined.

One of the things that has been pointed out as frustrating is the lack of openness. For example, Robert “RJ” Cipriani says he informed state agents years ago of unlawful gambling operations in certain casinos but they did nothing about it. 

Equally important, media coverage has been stifled as well in cases such as the one against Steve Wynn for sexual harassment and the unsolved murder of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel.

Michael Green who works as an associate history professor at UNLV explained why records have been kept secret from public knowledge until now. When the legislature established the Board back in the 1950s its main purpose was fighting organized crime within gambling houses. Hence these rules were put into place similar to those valid for police investigations requiring levels of proof while maintaining confidentiality too.

However, Cuillier urges for more transparency as he believes that if people do not have access to what they need from government agencies – especially regarding casinos which generate billions every year – then suspicion will start creeping back into everyone’s minds concerning the integrity of the sector.

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Silvia has dabbled in all sorts of writing – from content writing for social media to movie scripts. She has a Bachelor's in Screenwriting and experience in marketing and producing documentary films. With her background as a customer support agent within the gambling industry, she brings valuable insight to the Gambling News writers’ team.

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