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Problem Gambling Legislation

The Gambling Commission's agency request legislation for the 2019 legislative session -- House Bill 1302 and Senate Bill 5416 -- would authorize the Gambling Commission to create rules for a statewide 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.

House Bill 1880 would create a joint legislative task force on problem gambling in order for there to be a comprehensive review of current problem gambling funding, services, programs, and policies. The task force will be responsible for providing recommendations to the Legislature on how to assist problem gamblers.


2019 Problem Gambling Study Report to the Legislature

Self-exclusion Program Info




Jan. 29, 2019

Director Dave Trujillo and Commissioners Julia Patterson and Chris Stearns testified in support of HB 1302

Jan. 22, 2019

Legislative Liaison Brian Considine testified in support of SB 5416 during the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee's public hearing

Dec. 3, 2018

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