Currently, one percent of lottery proceeds go towards mitigating gambling addiction. Some lawmakers want to create additional safeguards. One proposal would require servers and bartenders to be on the lookout for gambling addiction the way they currently watch out for excessive alcohol consumption. Another calls for the lottery commission to hire someone specifically to advise the commission and lottery director on mental health and addiction issues.
Has gambling addiction touched your life? What’s your take on these proposals?
- Carolyn Tomei: Oregon state representative (D-Milwaukee)
- Bill Perry: Vice president of government affairs at the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association