Nevada lawmakers have rejected the proposal introduced by the State governor calling for an increase in the budget for problem gambling programs.
The proposal called for an additional 3.3 million dollars for funding programs that are aimed at treatment of those suffering from gambling addiction and also into research related to studying the issues and solutions for problem gambling. Recent reports suggest that gambling addiction has been increasing in the state.
Nevada’s current budget towards problem gambling is fixed at $1.4 million per year. The governor had recommended increasing the budget to $4.7 million for 2020 and $4.8 million for 2021. The proposed budget was almost 300 percent more than the existing.
The proposal also included spending on problem gambling only from the revenue generated from gaming and gambling in the state.
Lawmakers Maggie Carton, D-Las Vegas, and Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, opposed the move and said that the funds should not be earmarked and that the financial requirements should be met from the General Fund.
They also opposed the idea of increasing the funds allocated for problem gambling. Carton suggested that $2 million for funding problem gambling would suffice.
Ultimately the subcommittee of Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means sanctioned $2 million for funding problem gambling programs and the funds will come from the General fund money and not from State’s gaming funds.