Maryland: responsible gambling could be taught in schools

The new bill is driven by studies that show 18-34 year olds are at risk of problem gambling.
The new bill is driven by studies that show 18-34 year olds are at risk of problem gambling.

Senate Bill 0243 aims to see responsible gambling taught in high schools by the 2022 academic year.

US.- A Senator in Maryland has introduced a bill that would require the state’s department of education to include classes on the dangers of gambling on the school curriculum.

If passed, senator Bryan Simonaire’s Senate Bill 0243 would see responsible gambling taught to high school students from the 2022 academic year.

Simonaire’s proposal is backed by studies that highlight that people from the ages of 18 to 34 are at the highest risk of developing unhealthy gambling habits.

He told Capital News Service: “From a governmental policy standpoint, the state receives money from gambling revenues that can be used to help other priorities in our state, but also adversely enables many citizens to become gambling addicts, which creates other issues for the state.”

Despite major revenue losses at Maryland casinos in December, the state still managed to collect $49.8m in tax receipts from casinos.

Meanwhile, various sporting leagues have joined the American Gaming Association’s ‘Have a Game Plan, Bet Responsibly’ campaign. The PGA Tour is the most recent signee.

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