Bill would create a problem gambling commission

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker wants to create a commission and a program that would raise awareness about gambling and help treat those with gambling addictions.

On Monday, the Legislature's General Affairs Committee will consider Omaha Sen. Bob Krist's bill that would help problem gamblers get the information and help they need.

The Nebraska Commission on Problem Gambling would have nine members who would be appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman and confirmed by the Legislature.

The commission would set standards for the Gamblers Assistance Program and oversee funds for the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund. The bill calls for the funding to be used primarily for counseling and treatment centers for problem gamblers and their families.

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