Twenty Years Ago, Federal Commission Fired And Missed In Battle Over Gambling

Its legacy continues to fade but before releasing its final report 20 years ago today, a U.S. federal commission that spent two years studying the impact of the gambling industry struck fear into the hearts of casinos across the nation.

“The National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC) began as an effort by the right wing in the U.S. Congress to curtail the expansion of gambling, joined by some liberals who also didn’t want gambling to continue expanding,” said John Wilhelm, one of the NGISC’s nine commissioners.

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