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Monday, December 2, 2013

Huge gamble: No consumer protection

Bill Kearney
Massachusetts ‘Gaming’ Future

Bucks County Courier Times - December 1, 2013 - Huge gamble: No consumer protection

Before our gaming law passed in 2004, I was asked to give testimony at the Joint Public Hearings on gambling that was held in Philadelphia. They couldn't have picked a better day to discuss casino gambling; it was April 1st, "April Fool's Day."...

That day I presented my safeguards that address the predatory gaming provisions our lawmakers were about to sanction. Things like free booze, smoking, check cashing, interest free credit, free play, 24/7 gambling, and comps. I explained to them how these are the tools casino operators use to seduce their prey, but they didn't listen, and that's because they know better than to gamble in casinos.

I also brought up my casino monthly statements idea that day. Even though I know there was nothing going to stop them from passing our gaming law, I was hoping they would see the importance of these safeguards, especially the monthly statements, but that never happened. Our gaming law passed that year and for the last eight years I've been trying to get the casino monthly statements legislation that has been put forth in the House of Representatives for the last four sessions made the law.

Today, there are 12 casinos operating throughout our state with all the above provisions. In layman's terms they’re operating like amusement parks with no safety belts or cages on their rides. In other words, there is absolutely no consumer protection.

You can help stop our casinos from turning law-abiding Pennsylvanians into compulsive casino gambling degenerates who will become criminals by calling your state legislators and telling them you support the only legislation since our gaming law passed that addresses the compulsive casino gambling problem before, not after, one has the problem, HB-1335. (Casino Monthly Statements)

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