New York State has taken initiative to further address problem gambling throughout the state. Legislation has approved bill S.409A and A.658A that allows the Problem Gambling Advisory Council to recommend treatment options, as well as prevention methods to those who are suffering from a problem gambling disorder.
The council will be able to identity issues in these cases and give people easier access to treatment.
New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo commented: “As co-sponsor of this bill and chair to the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, I am pleased that we are fulfilling a promise to provide additional resources and raise public awareness for problem gambling in our state.
“The legalization of mobile sports betting brought higher than forecasted educational funds and revenue to our state, and the recent approval of downstate casino licenses will create jobs and additional resources, but this legislation demonstrates that we have not forgotten that we must prioritize problem gambling and address it in a timely, proactive manner.”
According to a recent study conducted by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), 5% of adults have displayed behaviors connected with problem gambling during the past 12 months. The OASAS study reported that percentage doubled among students between 7th and 12th grade.
Under the proposed legislation, casinos would be required to deposit $500 per year for every slot machine or table game approved by the commission. The funds would be deposited into the Commercial Gaming Revenue Fund and would be used specifically for education and treatments related to problem gambling.
In addition, the Problem Gambling Advisory Council would make recommendations to the state legislature and the governor on how to combat problem gambling statewide. The council would be comprised of 13 members, including the OASAS Commissioner.
If the Governor approves the bill, it will take 180 days to take effect once signed into law.
Online gambling is currently available in 30 states, with 18 of those allowing for legal online sports wagering. According to the US Census Bureau, those jurisdictions represent more than 166.9 million people.
New York State opened for legal sports betting on January 8.