Bill Text: NY S01978 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Establishes the legislative task force on responsible gaming to develop policies and procedures that foster responsible gaming practices by gaming facilities in New York state.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-03-20 - referred to ways and means [S01978 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S01978-Amended.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                         1978--A
            Cal. No. 63
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 18, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and  Wager-
          ing  --  reported  favorably from said committee, ordered to first and
          second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and deliv-
          ered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored  to  third
          reading,  amended  and  ordered  reprinted, retaining its place in the
          order of third reading
        AN ACT in relation to establishing the legislative task force on respon-
          sible gaming
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. Legislative findings. a. The legislature hereby finds that
     2  the 2012-2013 New York state budget amended the  state  constitution  to
     3  allow  for  non-tribal  casino  gaming  in  New  York.  It also included
     4  provisions to create a New York state gaming commission, as a result  of
     5  the  merger  between the division of lottery and the racing and wagering
     6  board. The commission is charged  with  oversight  of  the  division  of
     7  lottery,  the division of charitable gaming, the division of gaming, and
     8  the division of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering. This  legislative
     9  action  consolidated  the  state's  gaming  regulatory functions under a
    10  single oversight body.
    11    b.  The legislature further finds that the development of policies and
    12  procedures that foster responsible gaming practices by gaming facilities
    13  licensed or enfranchised by the New York state gaming commission or  its
    14  divisions  is necessary to mitigate the risks or consequences associated
    15  with problem gambling. The legislature concludes that this can  be  best
    16  accomplished by the creation of a task force on responsible gaming.
    17    § 2. Legislative task force on responsible gaming.  A legislative task
    18  force on responsible gaming is hereby established to:
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06783-03-9

        S. 1978--A                          2
     1    (a)  Identify policies and programs that mitigate the risks and conse-
     2  quences associated with  compulsive  gambling  and  promote  responsible
     3  gaming practices for all gaming activities authorized in New York state.
     4    (b) Recommend policies and procedures to be promulgated in regulations
     5  by  the  New  York  state  gaming commission and its divisions to ensure
     6  responsible gaming in all facilities licensed or  enfranchised  by  such
     7  commission or divisions.
     8    (c)  Recommend a structure by which all responsible gaming regulations
     9  promulgated by the  commission  or  its  divisions  shall  be  enforced,
    10  including  but  not  limited  to  penalties for violations of regulatory
    11  standards and corrective action.
    12    (d) Identifying methods to measure effectiveness  of  any  responsible
    13  gaming procedures implemented.
    14    (e)  Identify and recommend provisions necessary to ensure responsible
    15  gaming practices to be  included  in  enabling  legislation  authorizing
    16  casino style gaming facilities in New York state.
    17    §  3.  Composition.  The  task  force shall consist of eleven members.
    18  Task force members appointed or designated  shall  have  experience  and
    19  expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    20    1) the prevention of problem gambling;
    21    2) the treatment of problem gambling;
    22    3) administration of problem gambling programs within a gaming facili-
    23  ty.
    24    The  task  force  shall  consist  of eleven members to be appointed as
    25  follows: two members to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly, one
    26  member to be appointed by the  minority  leader  of  the  assembly,  two
    27  members  to  be  appointed by the temporary president of the senate, and
    28  one member to be appointed by the minority leader  of  the  senate.  The
    29  task force shall also include the commissioner of the office of alcohol-
    30  ism  and  substance abuse services or his or her designee, the executive
    31  director of the New York state gaming commission or his or her designee,
    32  the director of the division of lottery or  his  or  her  designee,  the
    33  director  of the division of gaming or his or her designee, the director
    34  of the division of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering or his  or  her
    35  designee. The chair shall be designated by a simple majority vote of all
    36  members of the task force.
    37    §  4.  Compensation.  Members  shall receive no compensation for their
    38  services but shall be reimbursed for their expenses actually and  neces-
    39  sarily incurred in the performance of any of their duties.
    40    §  5. Report. The task force shall create a final report regarding all
    41  findings and recommendations to be  delivered  upon  completion  of  all
    42  objectives  described  herein,  but  in  no event later than December 1,
    43  2020, to the governor, the speaker of the  assembly  and  the  temporary
    44  president of the senate. At the completion of all duties described here-
    45  in the legislative task force shall be dissolved.
    46    § 6. This act shall take effect immediately.
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