|Posted:||February 25, 2016 10:54 AM|
|From:||Representative Jason Ortitay|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Gambling Hotline Legislation|
|In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to make a small but needed change to the administration of the Commonwealth’s problem gambling assistance toll-free number. Specifically, my legislation will require the Department of Health to maintain one toll-free gambling assistance number, which all other Pennsylvania casinos must utilize.
The current law does require both the Department of Health to maintain a toll-free gambling assistance number and for casinos to make gambling assistance numbers available to patrons. However, at a 2015 hearing before the Gaming Oversight Committee, the committee received testimony that there are several toll-free gambling assistance numbers being utilized in the Commonwealth.
I believe that there needs to be consistency with these gambling assistance toll-free numbers, which is why I am introducing legislation that would simply require the department to maintain one toll-free number, which all other Pennsylvania casinos must utilize.
I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.
Introduced as HB1887