|Posted:||January 2, 2019 11:28 AM|
|From:||Representative Jason Ortitay|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Casino Self Exclusion Treatment|
|In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation (former HB 759) to better assist individuals who violate the casino self-exclusion list with obtaining treatment for gambling addiction.
The self-exclusion list was created by the Gaming Act to allow individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from entering casinos within the Commonwealth. This list has been an invaluable tool for individuals who recognize that they may have a gambling addiction, and over 7,000 requests have been made to the Gaming Control Board for individuals to be placed on this list. At this time, if a self-excluded individual enters a casino, the individual can be charged with criminal trespass.
Rather than simply imposing criminal penalties on these individuals, I believe that these individuals need to be provided the opportunity to seek problem gambling treatment. Under my legislation, courts will be provided with an additional sentencing provision when an individual is convicted of trespass resulting from a violation of the self-exclusion list. Specifically, courts will be provided the discretion to direct the individual to be evaluated in a manner deemed appropriate by the court to determine if the individual has a gambling disorder and whether there is a need for counseling or treatment as part of the sentence or preadjudication disposition.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.
Introduced as HB369