Location:
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


April 25, 2011

 

2011-R-0203

QUESTIONS FOR GAMING POLICY BOARD MEMBER

By: Veronica Rose, Chief Analyst

GAMING POLICY BOARD

● The board consists of five members who serve staggered four-year terms. No more than three may be members of the same political party. At least four must be trained or have experience in corporate finance, economics, law, accounting, law enforcement, computer science, or the pari-mutuel industry. At least two of the fields must be represented on the board at any one time.

● The governor appoints all the members and both houses confirm them following the procedure for confirming department heads.

● The board approves, suspends, or revokes gaming licenses; approves off-track betting facility contracts; sets racing and jai alai meeting dates; approves types of pari-mutuel bets, imposes fines; and advises the governor on statewide legalized gambling plans and goals (CGS 12-557d and 12-557e).

QUESTIONS FOR NOMINEE

1. A proposal in this legislative session seeks to eliminate the Division of Special Revenue and transfer its functions and responsibilities to the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP).

● How would this change affect the board?

● Are there any changes you would recommend to the legislature with regard to the board's mission or functions?

● What would you consider an ideal relationship between the board and DCP?

2. Do you believe the board has the appropriate tools or sufficient authority to respond to changes, especially technological changes, in the gambling industry? What tools are appropriate? What state response is appropriate?

3. How has the recession affected gambling revenue? What is the best approach for policy makers to take with regard to gambling at this time?

4. How does state-run gambling differ from the provision of other public goods and services? What are the implications for government accountability and social responsibility?

5. What is meant by “social responsibility” and “accountability” in the context of government-run gambling?

6. How would you define responsible gambling standards? How does Connecticut compare with other jurisdictions in terms of meeting responsible gambling standards?

7. Do you believe that there is a threshold of harm, beyond which gambling should be severely restricted or prohibited?

8. Last year, Governor Rell proposed introducing keno and securitizing the expected revenue from the game. The proposal was intended to generate a large up-front payment from private sources. Can you explain how securitization works? How would you advise the current legislature on keno and securitization of gambling revenue?

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