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A01056 Summary:

SPONSORRosenthal L
COSPNSRStirpe, Jacobson, Lee
Add §25.04, Ment Hyg L
Establishes the problem gambling advisory council.
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A01056 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 13, 2023
        Introduced  by  M. of A. L. ROSENTHAL, STIRPE, JACOBSON -- read once and
          referred to the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
        AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing  the
          problem gambling advisory council
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a  new  section
     2  25.04 to read as follows:
     3  § 25.04 Problem gambling advisory council.
     4    (a)  Creation  and  purpose.    The  problem gambling advisory council
     5  (hereinafter the "council") is hereby established. The  purpose  of  the
     6  council  is  to  make  findings  and recommendations to the governor and
     7  legislature on how to prevent and treat problem gambling in the state of
     8  New York.
     9    (b) Composition.  The  council  shall  consist  of  thirteen  members,
    10  including  the  commissioner  of  the  office  of addiction services and
    11  supports, the chair of the  gaming  commission,  and  eleven  additional
    12  members:    four  members  appointed  by  the temporary president of the
    13  senate; four members appointed by  the  speaker  of  the  assembly;  one
    14  member  appointed  by  the  minority  leader  of  the senate; one member
    15  appointed by the  minority  leader  of  the  assembly;  and  one  member
    16  appointed by the governor; provided, however, the temporary president of
    17  the  senate  and the speaker of the assembly shall each appoint at least
    18  two  representatives  of  community-based  behavioral  health   services
    19  providers.
    20    (c)  Duties  of  the  council. The council shall meet as frequently as
    21  necessary, but not less than two times per year. Meetings shall be  held
    22  at  locations  determined  by  the  council. All meetings of the council
    23  shall be subject to the open meetings law. The council shall:
    24    1. develop and recommend strategies to ensure availability and  access
    25  to  problem  gambling  programs and resources, including information and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  resources regarding prevention  of  problem  gambling,  for  individuals
     2  throughout the state;
     3    2.  consult  with  individuals or organizations with experience in the
     4  field of problem gambling services on  funding  and  policy  recommenda-
     5  tions,  including  the  availability  of  problem gambling services, the
     6  location of such services, and the need for such services;
     7    3. create strategies to increase public awareness of problem  gambling
     8  and the availability of problem gambling resources;
     9    4.  recommend  allocations  of machine and table fees collected from a
    10  gaming licensee pursuant to section thirteen hundred forty-eight of  the
    11  racing,  pari-mutuel  wagering and breeding law and distributed pursuant
    12  to section ninety-seven-nnnn of the state finance law to effectuate  the
    13  recommendations and strategies developed pursuant to paragraphs one, two
    14  and three of this subdivision; and
    15    5.  examine  the  impact  of mobile sports betting on problem gambling
    16  services, including but not limited to, any increase in  the  number  of
    17  calls placed to the problem gambling hopeline or outreach to local prob-
    18  lem  gambling resource centers and any need for additional staffing, and
    19  any increase in the number of individuals placing themselves on the list
    20  of self-excluded persons at gaming facilities; and
    21    6. develop an annual report to be provided to the governor and  legis-
    22  lature  containing its findings and recommendations with regard to prob-
    23  lem gambling, including programs, resources, and services throughout the
    24  state. The annual report shall be due no later  than  October  first  of
    25  each  year,  with  the  first report provided no later than the first of
    26  October next succeeding the effective date of this section.
    27    (d) Term. Appointed members of the council shall serve for a  term  of
    28  four  years  and  continue  to serve until their successor is appointed.
    29  Each member of the council shall be entitled to designate in  writing  a
    30  representative  to  attend  meetings  in his or her place and to vote or
    31  otherwise act on his or her behalf in  his  or  her  absence.  A  member
    32  appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve the remainder of the term of the
    33  member  he  or  she  is appointed to succeed. The members of the council
    34  shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed
    35  for their expenses actually incurred in the performance of their  duties
    36  hereunder.  The  council  shall  select,  by a majority vote, members to
    37  serve as a chair and as a secretary.
    38    (e) Sharing  of  information.  The  council  may  request,  and  shall
    39  receive,  information from any state or local governmental agency neces-
    40  sary to complete its duties pursuant to this section, so  long  as  such
    41  information  does not contain any personally identifying information and
    42  not otherwise protected by state or federal law.
    43    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    44  it shall have become a law.
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