NY to Require Better Signs for Compulsive Gamblers


Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation last week to put up better signs at gambling facilities to notify compulsive gamblers where to get help. The new law, which will take effect in 120 days, requires posting the signs prominently “within a reasonable distance” of each entrance and exit.

Sponsors say it revises the existing requirement, which resulted in haphazard and inconsistent signs and very little use of the state’s 24-hour helpline. The state Council on Problem Gambling reported that the line received only 1,449 calls in 2011 although about 1 million New Yorkers have been identified as having a gambling problem.

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