senate Bill S4885A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to establish a curriculum for course of instruction on adolescent problem gambling in grades 4 through 12

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Apr 30, 2012 reported and committed to finance
Jan 20, 2012 print number 4885a
amend and recommit to mental health and developmental disabilities
Jan 04, 2012 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities
Apr 28, 2011 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities

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Apr 30, 2012 - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities committee Vote

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S4885 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2425C
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §19.07, Ment Hyg L; amd §305, Ed L

S4885 - Bill Texts

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Requires the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, in consultation with the education department, to establish a course of instruction on adolescent problem gambling which may be provided in grades 4 through 12; requires the commissioner to provide such curriculum be posted on the department of education internet website.

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BILL NUMBER:S4885

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law and the education law,
in relation to requiring the
office of alcoholism and substance abuse services
to establish
a curriculum in
problem gambling which may be provided in grades four through twelve

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BELL:
Requires the Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to develop an adolescent problem
gambling curriculum to be available for schools for grades 4-12.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends/section 19.07 of the
mental hygiene law by adding a new subdivision i to require the
OASAS in consultation with the education department to establish a
curriculum for a course of instruction in adolescent problem
gambling, which may, M the option of any school, be provided in
grades 4-1,2. Such course should include materials to educate
students on the dangers and consequences of problem gambling, and
shall be available on the interact website of OASAS.

Section 2 amends section 305 of education law to add new subdivision
42 to require the department to post on their website the curriculum

Section 3 makes the act take effect immediately and section one shall
take effect on September 1, 2012.

JUSTIFICATION:
A recent study by the New York Council on Problem
Gambling highlighted the need for gambling education in New York State:
While participation in all forms of gambling is illegal for
individuals under the ace of 18 in New York State, 86% of the New
York adolescent respondents said that they bad bet on one or more
types of gambling at some rime, 75% had gambled in the past year and
15% had bet on one or more types of gambling on a weekly basis.

Despite restrictions on underage gambling in New York State, nearly
one-third of the adolescent respondents have been able to purchase
lottery tickets, 9% have been able to wager at horse or dog races, 6%
have been able to participate in Quick Draw and 5% have been able to
gamble at a casino. Despite their substantially lower income,
adolescents in New York report spending approximately one-third as
much, on average, as adults report spending on all types of gambling.

There is concern that lottery gambling may be an experience that encour-
ages young people to engage in other, less broadly sanctioned types of
gambling as well as in other risk-taking behaviors, such as illicit
drug use. A significant increase in lottery play by age was
identified among New York adolescents.


While 20% of 13-year-olds in the sample have purchased lottery
products in the past year, 36% of 17-year-olds have done so. The
increase in lottery play is correlated with increases in other types
of gambling and in the use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.

In New York, 2.4% 1.09%) of the total sample of adolescent respondents
were classified as problem gamblers, the most serious classification
of gambling-related difficulties among youth. Another 14.0% (-2.05%)
of the total sample of adolescent respondents were classified as
gamblers at risk for developing gambling problems.
Based on the prevalence rates, it is estimated that there are between
15,400 and 41,000 adolescents in New York who have experienced severe
problems with their gambling and between 135,000 and 193,000 whose
gambling involvement has caused them difficulties in the past or,
more likely, places them at risk for developing gambling-related
difficulties in the future.

Problem gamblers are more likely than other adolescents who gamble to
have problems with family members or friends due to gambling and to
have had trouble at school or work due to their gambling. Problem
gamblers are more likely than at-risk or non-problem gamblers to have
shoplifted, sold drugs and engaged in other illegal activities to get
money to gamble or to pay gambling debts.

Gambling involvement among adolescents in New York is correlated with
alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use, weekly gamblers are more likely
than less frequent gamblers to have ever tried alcohol, tobacco and
marijuana and to have gotten into trouble in the past year because of
their alcohol or drug use.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2003: A.11639 - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee
2009-10: A.4339 - Referred to Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Not applicable.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take on September 1, 2012.

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

                                  4885

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  KLEIN  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities

AN ACT to amend the  mental  hygiene  law  and  the  education  law,  in
  relation  to  requiring  the  office of alcoholism and substance abuse
  services to establish a curriculum in problem gambling  which  may  be
  provided in grades four through twelve

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

  Section 1. Section 19.07 of the  mental  hygiene  law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision (i) to read as follows:
  (I)  THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, IN CONSUL-
TATION WITH THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, SHALL ESTABLISH A CURRICULUM
FOR A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION IN ADOLESCENT PROBLEM GAMBLING WHICH MAY, AT
THE OPTION OF ANY SCHOOL, BE PROVIDED IN  GRADES  FOUR  THROUGH  TWELVE.
SUCH  COURSE  OF INSTRUCTION SHALL INCLUDE MATERIALS TO EDUCATE STUDENTS
ON THE DANGERS AND CONSEQUENCES OF PROBLEM GAMBLING, AND SHALL BE AVAIL-
ABLE ON THE INTERNET WEBSITE OF SUCH OFFICE.
  S 2. Section 305 of the education law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 42 to read as follows:
  42.  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE, ON THE DEPARTMENT INTERNET
WEBSITE, THE CURRICULUM OF THE COURSE OF INSTRUCTION IN ADOLESCENT PROB-
LEM GAMBLING ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (I) OF SECTION 19.07 OF
THE MENTAL HYGIENE LAW.
  S 3. This act shall take effect September 1, 2012.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00067-04-1

S4885A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2425C
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §19.07, Ment Hyg L; amd §305, Ed L

S4885A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Requires the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, in consultation with the education department, to establish a course of instruction on adolescent problem gambling which may be provided in grades 4 through 12; requires the commissioner to provide such curriculum be posted on the department of education internet website.

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BILL NUMBER:S4885A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the mental hygiene law and the education law,
in relation to requiring the
office of alcoholism and substance abuse services
to establish
a curriculum in
problem gambling which may be provided in grades four through twelve

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Requires the Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to develop an adolescent problem
gambling curriculum to be available for schools for grades 4-12.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends section 19.07 of the mental hygiene law by adding a
new subdivision (i) to require the OASAS in consultation with the
education department to establish a curriculum for a course of
instruction in adolescent problem gambling, which may, at the option
of any school, be provided in grades 4-12. Such course should include
materials to educate students on the dangers and consequences of
problem gambling, and shall be available on the interact website of
OASAS.

Section 2 amends section 305 of education law to add new subdivision
43 to require the department to post on their website the curriculum

Section 3 makes the act take effect immediately and section one shall
take effect on September 1, 2013.

JUSTIFICATION:
A recent study by the New York Council on Problem Gambling highlighted
the need for gambling education in New York State: While
participation in all forms of gambling is illegal for individuals
under the age of 18 in New York State, 86% of the New York adolescent
respondents said that they can bet on one or more types of gambling
at some time, 75% had gambled in the past year and 15% had bet on one
or more types of gambling on a weekly basis.

Despite restrictions on underage gambling in New York State, nearly
one-third of the adolescent respondents have been able to purchase
lottery tickets, 9% have been able to wager at horse or dog races, 6%
have been able to participate in Quick Draw and 5% have been able to
gamble at a casino. Despite their substantially lower income, adoles-
cents in New York report spending approximately one-third as much, on
average, as adults report spending on all types of gambling.

There is concern that lottery gambling may be an experience that
encourages young people to engage in other, less broadly sanctioned
types of gambling as well as in other risk-taking behaviors, such as
drug use. A significant increase in lottery play at a young age was
identified among New York adolescents.


While 20% of 13-year-olds in the sample have purchased lottery
products in the past year, 36% of 17-year-olds have done so. The
increase in lottery play is correlated with increases in other types
of gambling and in the use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.

In New York, 2.4% 1.09%) of the total sample of adolescent respondents
were classified as problem gamblers, the most serious classification
of gambling-related difficulties among youth. Another 14.0% (-2.05%)
of the total sample of adolescent respondents were classified as
gamblers at risk for developing gambling problems. Based on the
prevalence rates, it is estimated that there are between 15,400 and
41,000 adolescents in New York who have experienced severe problems
with their gambling and between 135,000 and 193,000 whose gambling
involvement has caused them difficulties in the past or, more likely,
places them at risk for developing gambling-related difficulties in
the future.

Problem gamblers are more likely than other adolescents who gamble to
have problems with family members or friends due to gambling and to
have had trouble at school or work due to their gambling. Problem
gamblers are more likely than at-risk or non-problem gamblers to have
shoplifted, sold drugs and engaged in other illegal activities to get
money to gamble or to pay gambling debts.

Gambling involvement among adolescents in New York is correlated with
alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use, weekly gamblers are more likely
than less frequent gamblers to have ever tried alcohol, tobacco and
marijuana and to have gotten into trouble in the past year because of
their alcohol or drug use.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2003: A.11639 - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee
2009-10: A.4339 - Referred to Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Not applicable.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take on September 1, 2013.

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

                                 4885--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  KLEIN  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities -- recommitted to the Committee on  Mental  Health
  and  Developmental Disabilities in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec.
  8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  mental  hygiene  law  and the education law, in
  relation to requiring the office of  alcoholism  and  substance  abuse
  services  to  establish  a curriculum in problem gambling which may be
  provided in grades four through twelve

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

  Section  1.  Section  19.07  of  the  mental hygiene law is amended by
adding a new subdivision (i) to read as follows:
  (I) THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, IN  CONSUL-
TATION WITH THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, SHALL ESTABLISH A CURRICULUM
FOR A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION IN ADOLESCENT PROBLEM GAMBLING WHICH MAY, AT
THE  OPTION  OF  ANY  SCHOOL, BE PROVIDED IN GRADES FOUR THROUGH TWELVE.
SUCH COURSE OF INSTRUCTION SHALL INCLUDE MATERIALS TO  EDUCATE  STUDENTS
ON THE DANGERS AND CONSEQUENCES OF PROBLEM GAMBLING, AND SHALL BE AVAIL-
ABLE ON THE INTERNET WEBSITE OF SUCH OFFICE.
  S  2.  Section  305  of  the  education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 43 to read as follows:
  43. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE, ON THE DEPARTMENT  INTERNET
WEBSITE, THE CURRICULUM OF THE COURSE OF INSTRUCTION IN ADOLESCENT PROB-
LEM GAMBLING ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (I) OF SECTION 19.07 OF
THE MENTAL HYGIENE LAW.
  S 3. This act shall take effect September 1, 2013.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00067-05-2

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