Since Nevada’s inception into statehood in 1864, the state’s lawmakers
have passed legislation that directly impacts gambling on eight separate
occasions. Four of these bills enacted laws that either restricted or prohibited
gambling altogether, and the other four enacted laws that permitted
some form. of gambling. Regardless of the laws in effect, gambling has always
been an integral part of Nevada’s history.
In 1869, when Nevada was only five years old, the first bill legalizing
gambling was passed. The bill originally passed both houses in 1865, but