senate Bill S7412

Relates to the qualifications of members of the gaming commission

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 14 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

Summary

Relates to the qualifications of members of the gaming commission.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2268
Versions:
S7412
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง102, RWB L

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BILL NUMBER:S7412

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and
breeding law, in relation to the qualifications of members of the
gaming commission

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide expertise to the New York
State Gambling Commission on issues related to problem gambling.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation will require at least one of
the Commission's seven board members significant experience in the
prevention and treatment of compulsive gambling.

JUSTIFICATION: The 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 gaining
activity, there remains no internal controls to make certain that
gaming policies exist which promote responsible gaming practices.

Other states have recognized the importance of developing a
comprehensive gaming plan that is proactive in diminishing the risks
and consequences associated with problem gambling. in Pennsylvania, a
Gaming Control Board regulates its gaming industry. Within that Board
is the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling and one of its roles
is to make recommendations to the Board on how to improve programs and
change policy to achieve a positive impact on the gaming industry's
responsible gaming practices.

The New York State Commission, as it is currently formed would be
ill-prepared and lacks the knowledge or experience to address issues
that are related to problem gambling. It is imperative that as we move
forward with our plan to expand gaming opportunities in New York,
there is a member of the Commission with significant experience in the
prevention and treatment of problem gambling. This ensures that gaming
facilities in New York State will implement effective problem gambling
programs which promote responsible gaming by their patrons.

This bill will enable the New York State Gaming Commission to promote
responsible gaming practices and aim to mitigate problems associated
with problem gambling in gaming facilities


PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-14 A. 2268 2011-12: A.10023 Referred
to Racing, Gaming & Wagering
S.7305 Referred to Racing, Gaming & Wagering

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect at the same time and in the
same mariner as section 1 part A of chapter 60 of the laws of 2012
takes effect.

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

                                  7412

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 14, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and  Wager-
  ing

AN  ACT  to  amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in
  relation to the qualifications of members of the gaming commission

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

  Section  1.  Paragraphs (c) and (d) of subdivision 2 of section 102 of
the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, as added by section 1
of part A of chapter 60 of the laws of 2012, are amended and a new para-
graph (e) is added to read as follows:
  (c) professional experience in gaming or  racing  regulatory  adminis-
tration or gaming or racing industry management, [or]
  (d)  significant  experience  in the fields of criminal investigation,
law enforcement, or law[.], OR
  (E) SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE IN THE PREVENTION OR TREATMENT  OF  PROBLEM
GAMBLING.
  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.
                                                           LBD06201-02-3

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