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Text of the Comprehensive Awareness of Problem Gambling Act of 2007

This bill was introduced on February 16, 2007, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 16, 2007 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1170

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 16, 2007

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To address problem gambling.

1.

Short Title

This Act may be cited as the Comprehensive Awareness of Problem Gambling Act of 2007.

2.

Public Awareness

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall carry out a national campaign to increase knowledge and raise awareness with respect to problem gambling issues within the general public, including supporting and augmenting existing national campaigns and the production and placement of public service announcements.

(b)

Voluntary donations

In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall—

(1)

administer and coordinate the voluntary donation of resources to assist in the implementation of new programs and the augmentation of existing national campaigns to provide national strategies for dissemination of information intended to address problem gambling from—

(A)

the television, radio, motion picture, cable communications, and print media;

(B)

the advertising industry;

(C)

the business sector of the United States; and

(D)

professional sports organizations and associations; and

(2)

encourage media outlets throughout the country to provide information aimed at preventing problem gambling, including public service announcements, documentary films, and advertisements.

(c)

Focus

In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall target radio and television audiences of sporting events and of gambling.

(d)

Evaluation

In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall evaluate and report to the President and to Congress on the effectiveness of activities under this section.

(e)

Authorization of Appropriations

For the purpose of carrying out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $200,000 for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012.

3.

Research

(a)

In general

The President shall establish and implement a national program of research on problem gambling.

(b)

Coordination

In carrying out this section, the President shall appoint an advisory commission, including individuals not currently employed by the Federal Government, to coordinate the activities of Federal agencies relating to research on problem gambling, including the activities of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Justice Institute, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

(c)

National Gambling Impact Study Commission Report

In carrying out this section, the President shall consider the recommendations that appear in chapter 8 of the June 18, 1999, report of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission.

(d)

Authorization of Appropriations

For the purpose of carrying out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $4,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012.

4.

Treatment

(a)

Grants

(1)

In general

The Secretary of Health and Human Services may make grants to States, local governments, and non-profit agencies to provide comprehensive services with respect to treatment and prevention of problem gambling issues and education about problem gambling issues.

(2)

Application for Grant

A grant may be made under paragraph (1) only if an application for the grant is submitted to the Secretary and the application is in such form, is made in such manner, and contains such agreements, assurances, and information as the Secretary determines to be necessary to carry out this subsection.

(3)

Authorization of Appropriations

For the purpose of carrying out this subsection, there is authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012.

(b)

Treatment Improvement Protocol

The President, acting through the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, shall develop a Treatment Improvement Protocol specific to problem gambling.

5.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of the Congress that every State should contribute a percentage of its revenue from gambling towards prevention and treatment of problem gambling and towards research services and education about problem gambling.