First-Ever Senate Bill To Fight Gambling Addiction Introduced
A historic milestone has been achieved. The first-ever Senate bill to fight gambling addiction, the Comprehensive Problem Gambling Act of 2010 (S. 3418), was introduced on May 25 in the Senate by Sens. Merkley (D-OR) and Johanns (R-NE), co-sponsored by Sens. Brown (D-OH) and Casey (D-PA).
To everyone who assisted with outreach and awareness efforts on this bill over the past year, thank you. It is because of each one of you, and all or our collective efforts, that progress is being made.
What You Can Do to Help
To keep the momentum going, please reach out to your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. If contact with your Senators has already been made, please follow-up with every Representative in your state who isn't on the bill. Inform Senators and Representatives that this bi-partisan legislation has 51 sponsors to date (as of April 26).
We know everyone is extremely busy, but by spending a few minutes per week for advocacy e-mails/calls, you will play a vital role in passing this legislation. There
are 394 Members of the House and 98 Senators who aren't co-sponsoring this legislation, which will help to prevent youth gambling addiction and provide services for problem gamblers. They need to hear from you!
- Visit the Online Congressional Directory to locate your Senators and Representatives, http://capwiz.com/cadca/directory/congdir.tt
- Call or e-mail your Senators and Representatives letting them know you support the Comprehensive Problem Gambling Act of 2010 (S. 3418), and encourage them to co-sponsor the legislation.
- Send any feedback or comments to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Help Is Available
If you feel you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call
Your toll-free call to 1-888-BETSOFF can put you in touch
with people who understand your situation and can refer
you to free treatment in your area.
Compulsive gambling is a behavior disorder in which an individual has an uncontrollable
preoccupation and urge to gamble. This results in excessive gambling, the outcome of
which is loss of time and money.
The gambling reaches the point at which it compromises, disrupts or destroys the
gambler's personal life, family relationships or vocational pursuits. The key
signs are emotional dependence on gambling, loss of control and interference with