April 25, 2011
QUESTIONS FOR DIVISION OF SPECIAL REVENUE (DSR) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NOMINEE
By: Veronica Rose, Chief Analyst
DSR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The DSR executive director must:
1. implement and administer the state's gaming laws and regulations and adopt regulations to (a) ensure proper, safe, and orderly gambling and (b) protect the public against fraud or overcharge;
2. issue gaming licenses;
3. submit monthly reports to the public safety commissioner and the Public Safety Committee on legalized gambling investigations and arrests; and
4. periodically conduct legalized gambling studies and submit them to the legislature (CGS § 12-557c).
QUESTIONS FOR NOMINEE
1. What issues or trends are most likely to dominate the gambling industry in the next few years? What are the implications for Connecticut?
2. A legislative proposal in this session seeks to eliminate DSR and transfer its functions and responsibilities to the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP).
● When did you learn of this proposal—before or after you were appointed executive director?
● Given complete freedom to determine DSR's fate, would you eliminate DSR, leave it within the Division of Revenue Services, transfer it to DCP, or place it elsewhere?
3. If DSR is eliminated and its functions are transferred to DCP, are there any changes you would recommend to the legislature with regard to the Gaming Policy Board's mission or functions? What do you see as the ideal relationship between the board and DCP?
4. Despite legal and security issues, gambling has come to the Internet.
● If Internet gambling is legalized, what can the state do to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs to the state?
● What novel issues does Internet gambling raise? What changes would be required in Connecticut gambling laws as a result of Internet gambling?
5. Some legislators have long argued for a constitutional amendment declaring the state's anti-gambling policy. Others view this policy as outdated. What are your views on this? What would you consider an appropriate state gambling policy?
6. According to statistics reported on the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling website, one in nine students at four Connecticut State Universities had a gambling problem that was significantly connected to substance abuse and food-related issues. Also, the level of gambling problems at these institutions was (11.9%) more than double the rate found for the general population (5.4%).
● Is the state doing enough for compulsive gamblers?
● How does the state know whether efforts to protect compulsive gamblers are effective?
● What would you consider a comprehensive gambling treatment program for compulsive gamblers?
● How should one measure the costs of problem gambling?
7. Poker especially on-line poker is becoming increasingly popular. It is often cited as the game of choice for college-aged students. Is there a problem in Connecticut? How should we address it?
8. A proposal in this session seeks to divest DSR of most of its charitable gaming regulatory functions. How do you view this proposal? Does it make sense to decentralize the regulation of charitable gaming and leave it to municipalities?