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HR-31 (2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 06, 2014


House Resolution
No. 31

Introduced by Assembly Member Hall
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Bigelow, Bloom, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Bradford, Brown, Buchanan, Ian Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Conway, Cooley, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dickinson, Eggman, Fong, Fox, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Gorell, Gray, Grove, Hagman, Roger Hernández, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Linder, Lowenthal, Maienschein, Mansoor, Medina, Melendez, Morrell, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nestande, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, John A. Pérez, V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Skinner, Stone, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wieckowski, Wilk, Williams, and Yamada)

February 12, 2014

Relative to Problem Gambling Awareness Week.


HR 31, as amended, Hall.

WHEREAS, The first week of March 2014 is recognized nationally as National Problem Gambling Awareness Week; and
WHEREAS, The most recently released DSM-V Manual (Diagnostic Statistical Manual Version Five) classifies Problem Gambling as an addiction and is in the same category (chapter) as alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Previously, it had been classified as an impulse control disorder along with kleptomania and pyromania. Problem Gambling compromises, disrupts, and ultimately destroys the gambler’s personal life, family relationships, and vocational pursuits; and
WHEREAS, The Office of Problem Gambling has moved under the State Department of Public Health, thus expanding resources to increase awareness and create a sense that Problem Gambling is not only an addiction, but also a public health issue in which some problem gamblers and others are affected by problem gambling behavior; and
WHEREAS, Since 2010, the Office of Problem Gambling has provided treatment services to over 5,300 problem gamblers and others affected by problem gambling behavior; and
WHEREAS, Health care providers, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, community leaders and organizations, mental health agencies, the recovery community, gambling industry personnel, government leaders, law enforcement personnel, and the general public are working together to change the outcome for those affected by problem gambling; and
WHEREAS, The Bureau of Gambling Control within the Department of Justice, the California Gambling Control Commission, the California State Lottery, California Friday Night Live Partnership, California Gaming Association, Media Solutions, NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, and National Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse, have joined the Office of Problem Gambling and the California Council on Problem Gambling to endorse a problem gambling awareness campaign; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly recognizes the week of March 2, 2014, to March 8, 2014, inclusive, as Problem Gambling Awareness Week, and the agencies and organizations described above be commended for their concerted effort to raise public awareness of problem gambling; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for distribution.