Prohibits individuals under the age of twenty-one from gambling.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law and the tax law, in relation to prohibiting individuals under the age of twenty-one from gambling
PURPOSE: To prohibit individuals under the age of 21 from gambling.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends section 108 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, is amended to include individuals between 18 and 21 years of age from engaging in gambling.
EXISTING LAW: Existing law stipulates that certain individuals, i.e. Certain racing and wagering officials, employees and minors under the age of 18 are currently prohibited from placing wagers.
JUSTIFICATION: According to the NYS Council on Problem Gambling, 10A of adolescents in NYS (approximately 140,000) have experienced problems due to their gambling, and 28% of these adolescents who experienced problem gambling in the past may also be in need of treatment for chemical dependency. The organization Youth Gambling International found that young adults from 18 to 21 are three times more likely to have problems associated with gambling.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S. 7043 - Referred to Racing, Gaming and Wagering.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act will take effect on the thirtieth day after it has become a law, with provisions.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3417 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 1, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wager- ing AN ACT to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law and the tax law, in relation to prohibiting individuals under the age of twenty-one from gambling THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: S 1. Subdivision 2 of section 108 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, as added by section 1 of part A of chapter 60 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: 2. No corporation, association or person that holds a license, regis- tration, franchise, certificate or permit issued by the commission shall permit any person who is actually or apparently under
[eighteen]TWEN- TY-ONE years of age to bet on gaming activity, as defined in subdivision five of section one hundred one of this article. S 2. The opening paragraph of subdivision a of section 1617-a of the tax law, as amended by section 2 of part O-1 of chapter 57 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: The division of the lottery is hereby authorized to license, pursuant to rules and regulations to be promulgated by the division of the lottery, the operation of video lottery gaming at Aqueduct, Monticello, Yonkers, Finger Lakes, and Vernon Downs racetracks, or at any other racetrack licensed pursuant to article three of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law that are located in a county or counties in which video lottery gaming has been authorized pursuant to local law, excluding the licensed racetrack commonly referred to in article three of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law as the "New York state exposition" held in Onondaga county and the racetracks of the non-profit racing association known as Belmont Park racetrack and the Saratoga thoroughbred racetrack. Such rules and regulations shallEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00031-02-3 S. 3417 2
provide, as a condition of licensure, that racetracks to be licensed are certified to be in compliance with all state and local fire and safety codes, THAT NO PERSON WHO IS ACTUALLY AND APPARENTLY UNDER TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE SHALL BE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN VIDEO LOTTERY GAMING, that the division is afforded adequate space, infrastructure, and amen- ities consistent with industry standards for such video gaming oper- ations as found at racetracks in other states, that racetrack employees involved in the operation of video lottery gaming pursuant to this section are licensed by the racing and wagering board, and such other terms and conditions of licensure as the division may establish. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, video lottery gaming at a racetrack pursuant to this section shall be deemed an approved activity for such racetrack under the relevant city, county, town, or village land use or zoning ordinances, rules, or regulations. No entity licensed by the division operating video lottery gaming pursuant to this section may house such gaming activity in a structure deemed or approved by the division as "temporary" for a duration of longer than
[eighteen- months]EIGHTEEN MONTHS. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the division from licensing an entity to operate video lottery gaming at an existing racetrack as authorized in this subdivision whether or not a different entity is licensed to conduct horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering at such racetrack pursuant to article two or three of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law. S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.