Problem Gambling and to consider the nomination of Acting Secretary C. Alan Walker for Secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development and Consideration of SB 71, and SR 25

Agenda
Senate Committee on Community, Economic and Recreational Development

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Problem Gambling and to consider the nomination of Acting Secretary C. Alan Walker for Secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:00 A.M.
Hearing Room 8E-B, East Wing (Capitol Complex)

Hearing – This hearing portion will involve the confirmation hearing for Acting Secretary C. Alan Walker, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Meeting – This meeting portion will involve the consideration of the following legislation:

Senate Bill No. 71, Printer’s No. 56 (Greenleaf) amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in other offenses, further providing for the offense of greyhound racing by prohibiting greyhound race simulcasting and prescribing a corresponding civil penalty.

Senate Resolution 25, Printer’s No. 389 (Earll, Fontana) designates the month of March 2011, as “Problem Gambling Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania and observes the week of March 6 through 12, 2011, as the “9th Annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Week.”

Hearing – This hearing portion is meant to update committee members regarding the status of various problem gambling-related initiatives and issues.  The committee will be hearing testimony today from the following individuals:

Statistical Information

Statistical information/Placement on Pa Gaming Control Board’s Self-Exclusion List

Statistical information/Council on Compulsive Gambling in Pa; Data Report YTD 2010 for the Helpline for problem/compulsive gamblers

Statistical information/Helpline Report for problem/compulsive gamblers broken down by Counties

PA Department of Health

Robin L. Rothermel, Director (Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs)

Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators (PACDAA) – [a professional association that represents the Single County Authorities (SCAs) and an affiliate association of County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP)]

Michele Denk, Executive Director (PACDAA)

Mary Carr, Administrator (Northampton County D&A Division)

Combined Testimony

PA Gaming Control Board (PGCB):

Elizabeth (Liz) M. Lanza, Director (Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling)

Kevin F. O’Toole, Executive Director

Combined Testimony

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (Sands Las Vegas Corp.)

Robert (Bob) J. DeSalvio, President (Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem)

Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania (CCG of PA) (state affiliate of National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)

James (Jim) S. Pappas, Executive Director

Joanna Franklin, Director of Education, Training & Helpline Services

Combined Testimony