“We want to know what works and what doesn’t”

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — Legislative leaders on Friday announced the formation of a Joint Gambling Regulation Committee to review existing policies and structures that regulate state-sanctioned gambling and throw a comprehensive look at the future of the industry in Oregon.

The committee will be responsible for reviewing the existing regulatory and oversight structures of the Oregon Racing Commission and the Oregon State Lottery.

“The scope of legal gambling has expanded and changed in major ways in recent years,” House Speaker Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) said. “Americans spent more money on gambling in 2021 than any previous year. We must be mindful of the far-reaching impacts of this growing industry, including on sovereign tribal governments and communities. Oregonians struggling with addiction.

“This is an important time to study how other states are approaching this new era, understand the opportunities and risks, and ensure we have the right regulatory framework in place as gaming technology evolves.”

“It’s been 26 years since we really looked at gambling in the state,” Senate Speaker Peter Courtney (D-Salem) said, referring to the governor’s 1996 gambling task force. We want to know what works and what doesn’t. We gave a lot of work to the members of this committee… the game has a huge impact on our state. I thank them for being equal to the task.

The committee will analyze and produce a report on the existing gambling regulatory structure in the state, the role of the legislature in approving expansion or new gambling policies, the relationship between tribal gambling and gambling. status, existing processing and recovery resources, developments in game technology, and more.

The committee will follow up with recommendations on how the state can strengthen gambling regulations to protect vulnerable Oregonians, clarify the legislature’s role in gambling oversight, support economic development and public services, improve coordinating with tribal government gaming and improving funding and addiction prevention programs. and treatment.

The following legislators will be appointed to the joint committee:

  • Senator Sara Gelser Blouin (D-Corvallis), co-chair
  • Representative John Lively (D-Springfield), Co-Chair
  • Senator Dick Anderson (R-Lincoln City)
  • Senator Lynn Findley (R-Vale)
  • Senator Chris Gorsek (D-Troutdale)
  • Representative Andrea Valderrama (D-Portland)
  • Representative Kim Wallan (R-Medford)
  • Representative Boomer Wright (R-Coos Bay)