2019 Agency Request Legislation
The Governor's Office has approved the Gambling Commission's agency request legislation for the 2019 legislative session. This bill would authorize the Gambling Commission to create rules for a state-wide self-exclusion program for licensed card rooms and also create a process for Tribal operations to voluntarily opt into the program. Similar legislation—HB 2332 and SB 6331—was supported by the Commission during the 2018 session.
The Gambling Commission will develop the process and scope of the program through rule-making and will have until June 30, 2021 to finalize the rules for the program. Additionally, information obtained by the Commission under this program will be exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Act. The goal is to create a program where a person with a gambling problem or gambling disorder can submit a single form and voluntarily exclude themselves from some or all card rooms and casinos.
Commissioners Julie Patterson and Chris Stearns, and Legislative Liaison Brian Considine discussed our agency’s focus on problem gambling during the House Commerce and Gaming Committee's work session on Dec. 3, 2018.