Signing of House Bill 4028 Enables Oregon Lottery to Renew Problem Gambling Treatment Ads
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Joanie Stevens-Schwenger
March 13, 2014 - Salem, Oregon
With the signing of House Bill 4028 by Governor Kitzhaber today, the Oregon Lottery will resume airing problem gambling prevention and treatment ads.
“The Lottery fully supported the legislation and worked closely with the bill’s sponsors,” said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts. “We are set to begin airing one of our nationally-recognized problem gambling ads that will once again provide that bridge of information that will help problem gamblers seek the free and effective treatment available in Oregon.”
Oregon Health Authority Addiction Services Manager Nicole Corbin adds, “Oregon is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of problem gambling services. We have a statewide network of dedicated and skilled treatment providers. We know that problem gamblers and their families don’t seek treatment at the same rates that people struggling with other addictions do, so we are very happy to be working with the Lottery to help reach more Oregonians in need.”
HB 4028 states that the Oregon Lottery may use its administrative funds to pay Lottery expenses incurred to:
- Advertise the availability of problem gambling treatment programs in this state - including contact information
- Collect and report data and establish metrics regarding problem gambling
- Assist the Oregon Health Authority and providers of problem gambling treatment to the extent it is consistent with the Lottery’s mission
“I want to thank the Lottery staff, the Legislature, and the Governor,” said Oregon Lottery Commission Chair Elisa Dozono, “for helping us work through the technical issues that allow us to return to the very practical reality of ensuring that the Lottery can continue maximizing revenue in the most responsible manner possible.”
The Lottery stopped running problem gambling ads following a state Department of Justice opinion last year that the ads violated the Lottery’s constitutional ability to use Lottery administrative funds to produce such ads. HB 4028 authorized the expenditures as part of the administrative cost of the Oregon Lottery to help insure its “integrity, security, honesty and fairness.”
Oregon Lottery proceeds have provided and will continue to provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since the statute dedicating those funds for that purpose was enacted in 1992, over $70 million in Lottery proceeds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment.
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