senate Bill S4721

Signed by Governor Amended

Relates to the powers of the commissioner of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services; technical amendments

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 19 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.568
  • 08 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • AMENDED 4721A
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A2270A
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.96
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 06 / Nov / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 13 / Nov / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.507
  • 13 / Nov / 2013
    • APPROVAL MEMO.8

Summary

Relates to the powers of the commissioner of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4721
S4721A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง19.09, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7300

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BILL NUMBER:S4721

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
powers of the commissioner of the office of alcoholism and substance
abuse services

PURPOSE:

To increase awareness of problem gambling in the gaming facilities

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This legislation will require gambling facilities to post signs in a
prominent manner within reasonable proximity to every exit and
entrance of a gambling facility.

JUSTIFICATION:

The vast majority of states that allow gambling within their borders,
including New York, require that signs providing information on
compulsive gambling assistance be posted in all gaming facilities.
This is widely accepted as an appropriate tool to promote responsible
gaming and raise awareness about how assistance with problem gambling
can be obtained. New York State also includes on their signs, a
hotline number which assists in connecting people to services and
supports which are available to them.

According to the New York State Council on Problem Gambling (NYSCPG),
the manner in which these signs are posted appear to be haphazard and
inconsistent. As a result, knowledge and use of this 24-hour helpline
is inadequate. As a consequence, there are less New Yorkers receiving
the help that they need and that is available to them. NYSCPG reported
that in 2011, there were only 1,449 calls to the helpline despite
approximately one million people in New York being identified with a
gambling problem. Additionally, only 8% of individuals in treatment
were referred by the NYS helpline.

This bill will help to raise awareness on how to access supports and
services for problem gambling by increasing the visibility of signs
posted in gaming facilities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.7300 Committed to Rules/A.10024 Referred to Local
Government

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Undetermined

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as
section 1 of part A of chapter 60 of the laws of 2012, as amended,
takes effect.


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

                                  4721

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 19, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. FUSCHILLO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

AN  ACT  to  amend  the mental hygiene law, in relation to powers of the
  commissioner of the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services

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

  Section 1. Subdivision (h) of section 19.09 of the mental hygiene law,
as  added  by  section 6 of part I of chapter 58 of the laws of 2005, is
amended to read as follows:
  (h) The commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations  requiring
the  [state]  DIVISION  OF HORSE racing and PARI-MUTUEL wagering [board]
and the [state lottery] division OF LOTTERY to provide for  the  posting
of  signs  in facilities [licensed] REGULATED by the [state] DIVISION OF
HORSE racing and PARI-MUTUEL  wagering  [board  to  conduct  pari-mutuel
wagering]  and  facilities  [licensed]  REGULATED by the [state lottery]
division OF LOTTERY advising where to get help in dealing with a compul-
sion to gamble. In addition, the information  contained  on  such  signs
shall  be  posted  on  the  internet at appropriate internet sites. Such
signs and information posted on the internet shall include, but  not  be
limited  to,  notice  of  the availability of one or more organizations,
approved by the commissioner, which offer assistance in  the  prevention
and  treatment  of  compulsive gambling. Such signs, not less than eight
and one-half inches by eleven inches, shall be [conspicuously] posted IN
A PROMINENT MANNER AND WITHIN REASONABLE DISTANCE OF EACH  ENTRANCE  AND
EXIT by the facility which is conducting the gambling.  Such signs shall
be  available  at  the  [state] DIVISION OF HORSE racing and PARI-MUTUEL
wagering [board], the [state  lottery]  division  OF  LOTTERY,  and  the
office  of alcoholism and substance abuse services and shall be distrib-
uted by the appropriate licensing agency.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the  same  date  and  in  the  same
manner  as  section  1  of  part A of chapter 60 of the laws of 2012, as
amended, takes effect.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06202-01-3

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