senate Bill S2335

Raises the minimum legal betting age from eighteen to twenty-one years

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 18 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2335
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
General Municipal Law

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BILL NUMBER: S2335

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the general municipal law, the racing, pari-mutuel
wagering and breeding law and the tax law, in relation to raising the
minimum legal betting age from eighteen to twenty-one years


PURPOSE :
To raise the minimum legal betting age in New York with regard to all
forms of gambling, except charitable bingo.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
This legislation raises the minimum legal betting age from eighteen to
twenty-one for charitable games of chance, pari-mutuel wagering and
the state lottery, including "Quick Draw."

EXISTING LAW :
At present, the minimum legal betting age for the types of gambling
affected by this legislation is eighteen; that for "Quick Draw" played
at locations licensed to serve alcohol is twenty-one.

JUSTIFICATION :
In recent years, the problem of teenage gambling has rivaled drug
abuse as a social concern. A recent study by the Harvard Medical
School found that between 6.4 and 8.5 percent of suburban Boston high
school students surveyed were classified as compulsive gamblers.
Unfortunately, the endorsement of gambling as an approved lifestyle by
the state has contributed to this growing problem. At present, in New
York, an eighteen-year-old may legally play craps or roulette at a
"Las Vegas night;" place a bet at an am parlor; or take a hit of video
crack every five minutes in front of a "Quick Draw" terminal.

This legislation would make twenty-one the legal gambling age. And as
the twenty-one-year-old drinking age has saved lives on the highway
and deferred the age at which young people first experience alcohol, a
twenty-one year-old gambling age will, I believe, produce more
responsible gambling behavior and have a positive impact on the
problem of compulsive gambling.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.97 of 2007-08; S.404 of 2005-06; S.16 of 2003-04; S.182 of
2001-2002; S.1380 of 1999-2000; S.1726 of 1997-98; S.5948 of 1995-96.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
The thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
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