The Responsible Gambling Collaborative has introduced new standards of success for the promotion and prevention of problem gambling, as well as a state-by-state report on the allocation of this funding.
Revealed at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States Winter Meeting Legislators, they are designed to provide a framework and recommendations to prevent problem gambling and to promote relevant solutions.
The step is said to be “a first-ever attempt within the United States to create a consensus statement endorsed by academics, researchers, advocacy groups and casino gaming industry organisations.”
Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling explained: “The responsible gambling effectiveness principles are meant to spark discussion, encourage collaboration and generate new insights into this critical area.
“We encourage all stakeholders—policymakers, regulators, advocates, researchers, and industry—to build upon these fundamental principles, inserting evidence-based activities and regulations that support safe, responsible gambling.”
The principles of effectiveness of the RG include funding for research and evaluation as well as problem gambling treatment, helping patrons make informed choices about their gambling, ensuring that each company has a responsible gambling plan and employees in the industry understand their role and responsibility in promoting responsible gambling and avoiding problem gambling behaviour.
The RG Collaborative conducted a study directly in support of the first and second principles to develop an understanding of whether the funding allocated to responsible and problematic gambling from the gaming tax proceeds of the states is appropriately spent as they are designated.
This showed that Indiana Maryland, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, and Pennsylvania were definitely spending the allotted tax money on issues related to RG / PG, with Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma saying they probably did not.
In addition, it is said that California, Iowa, Mississippi and Ohio are uncertain, with funds theoretically partly redirected to other concerns, the state has recently completely rolled back the dedicated funding sources or never had a dedicated funding stream.
“I can think of no better way to lead our industry into a new decade than renewing our commitment to effectively promote responsible gaming and tackle problem gambling head on,” Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, said of the RG Collaborative and its principles.
“The Responsible Gambling Collaborative has an important role to play as we chart a new course for responsible gaming, and the AGA is proud to be a part of it. The research released today provides important insight into the allocation of funding for essential programs. As the top benefactor of gaming taxes, it’s troubling to see that state responsible gaming funds are not always used for their intended purpose.”