Becky Harris

Distinguished Fellow in Gaming and Leadership, International Gaming Institute
Expertise: Gaming Policy, Gaming Regulation, Sports Betting, Legislative Affairs


Becky Harris is a recognized expert on gaming policy and regulation, legislative affairs, and workplace sexual harassment prevention.

Harris is often called upon nationally to discuss discuss policy and regulatory issues relating to legal sports wagering. As an academic fellow with an emphasis in the study of sports betting, Harris collaborated with stakeholders to finalize the formation, launch, and first convening of the U.S. Sports Betting Forum, an outlet designed to provide a neutral forum in which stakeholders can convene to discuss policy and regulatory issues relating to legal sports wagering.  

She also recently served as the first female Chair of Nevada Gaming Control Board, regarded as the gold standard in gaming regulation worldwide. During her tenure, she helped guide the Board through a number of controversial matters including sexual harassment issues within the industry, challenges involving the legalization of recreational cannabis and its relationship to gaming regulation, the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the emergence of sports betting across the United States, and various Wire Act issues.  

Harris represented State Senate District 9 in Clark County for two legislative sessions and two special sessions. During the 2017 Legislative Session, she served on the Finance, Judiciary and Education Committees.  In 2015, she served as Chair of the Education Committee, Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee. Additionally, she served as the Treasurer of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States and was selected to chair its Responsible Gaming Committee.

While practicing law in Las Vegas, Harris' areas of focus included counseling business clients in entity formation; maintaining compliance with state and local regulations; contract negotiations, commercial leases, and dispute resolution. She is sought after as a speaker worldwide on issues related to gaming policy, regulation, and leadership.  


  • LL.M., William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV
  • M.A., Political Science, UNLV
  • J.D., BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • B.A., Political Science and French, Brigham Young University

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Becky Harris In The News

Gambling News
April 16, 2021
A new report on sports betting in the US delivered strong recommendations for sportsbook operators not to advertise their products to vulnerable people, and for media outlets to distinguish between licensed and illegal gambling websites.
The Nevada Independent
April 16, 2021
A bill aimed at increasing data collection on diversity within the largest businesses in Nevada led to a flareup between members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday over possible effects on those firms.
April 16, 2021
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) released a report Thursday with a number of recommendations regarding sports betting marketing in the US.
CDC Gaming Reports, Inc.
January 21, 2021
In the two years since the U.S. Department of Justice revised its 2011 opinion on the Federal Wire Act in an effort to halt the expansion of online casino gaming, the activity has grown from three states to five with Michigan becoming the sixth state on Friday.