senate Bill S4721A

Signed by Governor

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

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Bill Status


  • 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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2270A
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, A10024

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BILL NUMBER:S4721A

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 facili-
ties.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation will require gaming 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 informa-
tion on compulsive gambling assistance be posted in all gaming facili-
ties. This is widely accepted as an appropriate tool to promote respon-
sible 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 approxi-
mately 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 120th day after it
shall have become law.

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

                                 4721--A
    Cal. No. 568

                       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
  -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second
  report, amended on second report, ordered to a third reading,  and  to
  be  reprinted  as  amended,  retaining its place in the order of third
  reading

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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06202-02-3

S. 4721--A                          2

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 one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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