Assemblyman Jim Wheeler introduced a bill that proposes to lower the minimum legal age for gambling in Las Vegas from 21 to 18.
Introduced on February 6th, Nevada Assembly Bill 86 would change the legal gambling age in the state. Currently, a person under 21 years of age is not allowed to play casino games, bet on sports, or to be employed on casino floors. Violating the law is considered a misdemeanor. Even if the bill passes, the legal age for drinking at casinos would stay 21. However, engaging in gambling or working at casinos would become legal for every person over 18. Click here to read the bill’s full text!
The minimum legal age for gambling in Las Vegas should remain 21, advises the AGA
In 2008, there were similar endeavors, after an attorney, working closely with the gambling industry, Tim Smock, suggested that lawmakers reduce the minimum legal age for gambling in Las Vegas. “If Nevada wants to stay competitive internationally, we need to take a look if we’ve set the bar at the appropriate age,” argued Smock, adding that Nevada allows citizens to buy guns, marry, smoke, or drive from the age of 18. Back then, his idea was rejected, as the industry follows the America Gaming Associations Code of Conduct, that urges to maintain the legal gambling age at no lower than 21.