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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 21, 2016 09:59 AM
From: Senator Kim L. Ward and Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Senate Resolution: Designating “Problem Gambling Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania and Observing “Annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Month” (March 2016)
In the near future, we plan on introducing an {unanimous consent} resolution that designates “Problem Gambling Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania and observes the “Annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Month” (March 2016).

The purpose of this resolution is to help ensure that the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are informed about the issue of problem gambling and the programs available to help individuals and their families who have been adversely affected by this serious issue. While legalized gambling was designed to allow individuals to enjoy its recreational aspects and to foster economic development in this Commonwealth, Pennsylvanians must also be aware that a small percentage (2% to 3% according to the National Council on Problem Gambling) of the United States population will have a gambling problem in any given year. This awareness and knowledge will help ensure that problem gambling is adequately identified and addressed.

The resolution urges the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to continue its outreach efforts and to work with the Pennsylvania gaming industry as a whole to develop and implement problem gambling programs at licensed facilities and further promote community-based programs in the Commonwealth.

If you have any questions about this resolution, please contact Jason R. Brehouse, Esq. at 717-787-6063 or jbrehouse@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SR280