senate Bill S7300

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the powers of the commissioner; technical amendments

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 21, 2012 committed to rules
May 23, 2012 advanced to third reading
May 22, 2012 2nd report cal.
May 21, 2012 1st report cal.845
May 02, 2012 referred to alcoholism and drug abuse

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May 21, 2012 - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse committee Vote

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Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee Vote: May 21, 2012

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S7300 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10024
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง19.09, Ment Hyg L

S7300 - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S7300

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 SPECIFIC 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.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None.

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,
takes effect.

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

                                  7300

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  KLEIN  -- 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,  takes
effect.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15571-01-2

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