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Nevada Government & Politics
World War II & Post-War
(1940-1964)

Kefauver Crime Commission

In the early 1950s, a United States Senate committee investigated supposed ties between Nevada casino owners and national organized crime figures.  In November 1950, the committee, headed by Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver, met in Las Vegas and questioned witnesses.  They concluded that Nevada's system for licensing gamblers served only to give the gangsters a cloak of respectability.  The committee's work gave many people a bad impression of Nevada's principal industry.  In Nevada, the conclusions of the committee spurred state efforts to develop effective gaming control laws and regulations.
 

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Las Vegas Review Journal