TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Monthly statements for gamblers

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

Letter to the Editor
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

Sitting in the state House of Representatives' Gaming Oversight Committee is a bill titled “Casino Monthly Statements.” This is the only legislation since our gaming law passed in 2004 addressing compulsive casino gambling before someone has the problem.

The bill, proposed by Rep. Paul Clymer, R-Bucks County, would require casinos to mail to gamblers a monthly statement detailing how much they won and lost. Gamblers should know how much they win or lose so they can better control their spending.

This bill has died four times. Powerful senators whose districts get a $10 million annual “hosting fee” do everything in their power to stop it from becoming the law.

The main argument against the bill is the mailing cost of monthly statements. So Clymer amended the bill to limit the mailing to only those patrons whose winnings and losses are $500 or more. I can't imagine anyone not wanting a loved one who is losing $500 or more a month to not receive a statement. Who knows how many Pennsylvanians' lives would be better if they knew this information?

We need to stop our casinos from breeding compulsive gambling degenerates. We need to call our legislators and tell them to support HB-1335, the casino monthly statements bill.

Bill Kearney

Philadelphia

The writer is a former gambling addict who is seeking reforms in Pennsylvania casino system.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Letters

  1. Confederate flag promotes hatred
  2. A liberal worth heeding
  3. True Confederate flag meaning
  4. BDS decried
  5. Stay safe
  6. Obama, Brutus & Cassius
  7. Corrupt lawmakers pathetic
  8. New but not normal
  9. Ethanol not ‘racket’
  10. Lake ATI
  11. White, black & biracial