23 May: Senate Wagering Panel Approves Buono Measure To Combat Gambling Addiction

TRENTON – The Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee approved legislation today sponsored by Senator Barbara Buono that would require school health courses to include lessons on compulsive gambling as part of the curriculum.

“With the explosion of internet gambling sites, it has never been easier for children to begin gambling and develop an addiction,” said Senator Buono, D-Middlesex and Chair of the Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee. “Our health classes need to teach students about the potential for one to become addicted to gambling and explain how it can be just as harmful as other addictions. It’s a problem that millions of Americans face and we can help our kids recognize the warning signs before it gets out of hand.”