Becky Harris

Sports Betting Fellow, International Center for Gaming Regulation
Expertise: Gaming Policy, Gaming Regulation, Sports Betting, Legislative Affairs

Biography

Becky Harris is a sports betting fellow at the International Center for Gaming Regulation. Harris is a recognized expert on sports betting, 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 she served as the first female Chair of Nevada Gaming Control Board, Harris was responsible for regulating the multi-billion dollar gaming industry in the state of Nevada along with helping to navigate controversial issues such as the #MeToo movement and cannabis regulation as it relates to casinos.

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

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.

Education

  • 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

El Tiempo
April 29, 2020
Several casino operators on the Las Vegas Strip have outlined the precautions they will take once they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Las Vegas Review Journal
April 29, 2020
Several Las Vegas Strip casino operators have outlined the precautions they will take once they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
CalvinAyre.com
April 16, 2020
The Eldorado Resorts/Caesars Entertainment deal (it’s also a merger and an acquisition, depending on who you talk to) is moving forward, despite the fact that the coronavirus has the gaming world in a headlock. The process was never going to be easy – regulators in each state where the two companies have operations have to agree to the arrangement before the final checks are signed and delivered.
CDC Gaming Reports Inc.
April 13, 2020
Despite the current closure of the nation’s casino industry due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the former chairwoman of Nevada’s Gaming Control Board said she doesn’t see a material reason why regulators would block the $17.3 billion merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, “based on publicly available information.”