The Responsible Gambling Education Week of the American Gaming Association (AGA), which is presently in its 22nd edition this week, has received elevated profile recognition in the state. Representative Dina Titus referenced the project for the first moment in its history in the Congressional Record.
In her declaration she stressed the varied range of players in the sector that share accountability in gaming.
“I rise to recognise this week as Responsible Gaming Education Week. In 1998, the American Gaming Association established Responsible Gaming Education Week to promote responsible gaming nationwide and to educate employees and customers on the subject,” she said.
“I am proud to represent Las Vegas, the gold standard when it comes to gaming and gaming regulation. Gaming generates jobs for 1.8 million Americans, providing $74bn in wages, benefits, and tips. The US casino industry at large generates more than $40bn in federal, state, and local taxes, supporting a range of needed services like hospitals, schools, transportation routes, and public safety.”
Titus, whose district covers Las Vegas, also applauded the job of business staff for the outstanding service and preparation they give casino tourists and employers for their high quality practice.
“The gaming industry goes to great lengths to make sure employees are trained in best practices for recognising and dealing with problem gaming and patrons are aware of options for help if they need it.
“The industry contributes hundreds of millions of dollars each year toward research and treatment of problem gambling as well as awareness and other training programs. In short, responsible gaming has become an integral part of their daily operations.
“I am proud to support the goals and ideals of Responsible Gaming Education Week which brings together the gaming industry, advocacy groups, regulators, and other key stakeholders to promote transparency and gaming literacy. I commend the industry for its work on the issue and the education provided to promote responsible play and awareness of gaming disorders.”
She emphasised the dedication of the industry to promote safer gambling, adding: “I also applaud the employees of the gaming industry for the work they do every day educating patrons about the issue. Las Vegas is a better community and tourism destination for it. I am proud to support the goals and ideals of Responsible Gaming Education Week which brings together the gaming industry, advocacy groups, regulators and other key stakeholders to promote transparency and gaming literacy.”