senate Bill S3962A

Establishes the legislative task force on responsible gaming

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    • Passed Senate
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  • 01 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 05 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 05 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 3962A

Summary

Establishes the legislative task force on responsible gaming to develop policies and procedures that foster responsible gaming practices by gaming facilities in New York state.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2271A
Versions:
S3962
S3962A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
Gambling
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7796, A10054A

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BILL NUMBER:S3962A

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to establishing the legislative
task force on responsible gaming

PURPOSE: To promote responsible gaming and mitigate risks and
consequences associated with problem gambling.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This legislation will establish the
New York State Legislative Task Force on responsible gaming which will
provide recommendations to the New York State Gaming Commission and
each Division on issues related to the prevention and treatment of
problem Gambling.

JUSTIFICATION: The recently enacted 2012-2013 New York State budget
amended the state Constitution to allow for non-tribal casino gaming
in New York and also included provisions to merge the Division of
Lottery and the Racing and Wagering Board creating the New York State
Gaming Commission.

The Commission will be comprised of an Executive Director and seven
members that must have no less than five years administrative
experience in public or business administration and one or more
qualifications in the following areas: (1) significant service as a
certified public accountant; (2) knowledge of corporate finance and
securities; (3) professional experience in gaming regulation
administration or management; and (4) experience in fields of criminal
investigation, law, or law enforcement.

While New York State appears to have the necessary structure in place
to ensure casino gaming will be properly regulated, be profitable
financially, and maintain integrity and fairness with all gaming
activity, there remains no internal controls to make certain that
gaming policies which promote responsible gaming practices exist, This
bill will establish a legislative taskforce on responsible gaming.
This task force will provide the knowledge and expertise to assist the
New York State Gaming Commission and its divisions to develop policies
and procedures that foster responsible gaming practices by gaming
facilities and mitigate the risks or consequences associated with
problem gambling.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013: S. 3962 - Referred to Racing, Gaming
and Wagering.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3962--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and  Wager-
  ing  -- recommitted to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering in
  accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT in relation to establishing the legislative task force on respon-
  sible gaming

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Legislative findings. a. The legislature hereby finds that
the recently enacted 2012-2013 New York state budget amended  the  state
constitution  to allow for non-tribal casino gaming in New York. It also
included provisions to create a New York state gaming commission,  as  a
result  of the merger between the division of lottery and the racing and
wagering board. The commission is charged with oversight of the division
of lottery, the division of charitable gaming, the division  of  gaming,
and the division of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering. This legisla-
tive action consolidated the state's gaming regulatory functions under a
single oversight body.
  b.  The legislature further finds that the development of policies and
procedures that foster responsible gaming practices by gaming facilities
licensed  or enfranchised by the New York state gaming commission or its
divisions is necessary to mitigate the risks or consequences  associated
with  problem  gambling. The legislature concludes that this can be best
accomplished by the creation of a task force on responsible gaming.
  S 2. Legislative task force on responsible gaming.  A legislative task
force on responsible gaming is hereby established to:
  (a) Identify policies and programs that mitigate the risks and  conse-
quences  associated  with  compulsive  gambling  and promote responsible
gaming practices for all gaming activities authorized in New York state.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06218-03-4

S. 3962--A                          2

  (b) Recommend policies and procedures to be promulgated in regulations
by the New York state gaming commission  and  its  divisions  to  ensure
responsible  gaming  in  all facilities licensed or enfranchised by such
commission or divisions.
  (c)  Recommend a structure by which all responsible gaming regulations
promulgated by the  commission  or  its  divisions  shall  be  enforced,
including  but  not  limited  to  penalties for violations of regulatory
standards and corrective action.
  (d) Identifying methods to measure effectiveness  of  any  responsible
gaming procedures implemented.
  (e)  Identify and recommend provisions necessary to ensure responsible
gaming practices to be  included  in  enabling  legislation  authorizing
casino style gaming facilities in New York state.
  S  3.  Composition.  The  task  force shall consist of eleven members.
Task force members appointed or designated  shall  have  experience  and
expertise in one or more of the following areas:
  1) the prevention of problem gambling;
  2) the treatment of problem gambling;
  3) administration of problem gambling programs within a gaming facili-
ty.
  The  task  force  shall  consist  of eleven members to be appointed as
follows: two members to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly, one
member to be appointed by the  minority  leader  of  the  assembly,  two
members  to  be  appointed by the temporary president of the senate, and
one member to be appointed by the minority leader  of  the  senate.  The
task force shall also include the commissioner of the office of alcohol-
ism  and  substance abuse services or his or her designee, the executive
director of the New York state gaming commission or his or her designee,
the director of the division of lottery or  his  or  her  designee,  the
director  of the division of gaming or his or her designee, the director
of the division of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering or his  or  her
designee. The chair shall be designated by a simple majority vote of all
members of the task force.
  S  4.  Compensation.  Members  shall receive no compensation for their
services but shall be reimbursed for their expenses actually and  neces-
sarily incurred in the performance of any of their duties.
  S  5. Report. The task force shall create a final report regarding all
findings and recommendations to be  delivered  upon  completion  of  all
objectives  described  herein,  but  in  no event later than February 1,
2015, to the governor, the speaker of the  assembly  and  the  temporary
president of the senate. At the completion of all duties described here-
in the legislative task force shall be dissolved.
  S 6. This act shall take effect immediately.

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