Geoff Schoos of the Cranston Herald writes about some new legislation that would create a “self-exclusion” list at gambling establishments to keep pathological gamblers from relapsing and victimizing themselves and their families repeatedly with debt. From The Cranston Herald:
One of the perks of my job is I get the opportunity to meet people who only want to make Rhode Island a better place to live. About two weeks ago, I met John Mongelli of Lincoln.
John is on a mission to change public policy as it relates, or in fact does not relate, to gambling addiction. In fact, he has caused bills to be introduced in both chambers of the General Assembly. The first, SB 720, is sponsored by Sen. Rhoda Perry and co-sponsored by Cranston’s Josh Miller. The second, HB 6003, is sponsored by John’s local house representative, Peter Petrarca, and is scheduled for a hearing before the House HEW committee, chaired by Warwick’s Joseph McNamara, on April 2.
The legislation urged by Mongelli would require large gambling venues, such as Twin River and Newport Grand, to provide training and procedures to their employees that address the needs of “problem” or “pathological” gamblers. HB 6003, entitled the Uniform Compulsive and Problem Gambling Program, would provide a statutory scheme whereby these large gambling venues, assisted and monitored by the Rhode Island Lottery and the Permanent Joint Committee on Lotteries, would be required to “prevent employees from willfully permitting a person on a self-exclusion list from engaging in gaming activities at a licensed establishment or facility.”
A self-exclusion list contains the names of persons who, either volitionally or by their own acts, have identified themselves as problem or pathological gamblers. A person can volitionally self-identify by completing a form with the licensed facility, thereby excluding himself from participation in gaming activities at that facility. […]
Click the above link to read the whole thing. Sounds like a good idea to me.