Advocacy is one of our most important focuses, as there are currently a limited number of available programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. Our efforts to educate legislators in Pennsylvania focus on the prevention, education, treatment, enforcement and research on gambling and problem gambling. We call on all CCGP and National Council on Problem Gambling members and supporters to utilize the materials below to increase awareness of disordered gambling.
10/31/17: Press Release – Gambling Expansion in PA
3/25/15: Capitol Hill advocacy regarding gambling addiction in the military:
9/6/11:Keith White, Executive Director, NCPG
6/24/11: H.R. 2334, the Comprehensive Problem Gambling Act of 2011, was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on June 23, 2011 by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA). He was joined by Rep. Wolf (R-VA), Berkley (D-NV) and Hastings (D-FL), all previous sponsors of the bill last session. The bill is an important first step that formalizes SAMHSA’s authority to address problem gambling, the first-ever Federal agency to have such a mandate. This legislation lays the groundwork for all our future awareness and advocacy efforts, including securing dedicated Federal funding. Here is a one-page fact sheet on the bill: HR 2334 Fact Sheet June 2011.
3/14/11: Last session the Comprehensive Problem Gambling Act (S. 3418 and H.R. 2906) made historic progress, attracting 73 House and 5 Senate sponsors. Unfortunately, the first-ever legislation to address problem gambling at the Federal level did not pass before Congress adjourned in 2010. The 112th Congress was sworn in on January 2011 and we hope to re-introduce a similar bill in both the House and Senate this month to build on National Problem Gambling Awareness Week. CPG Sponsorship Breakdown 111th Congress.