The American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Responsible Gambling Education Week, currently in its 22nd iteration this week, has been given high profile acknowledgment at government level. For the first time in its history, the initiative was mentioned in the Congressional Record by Representative Dina Titus.
In her statement, she highlighted the diverse array of industry stakeholders committed to the shared priority of responsibility in gaming. She noted: “I rise to recognize this week as Responsible Gaming Education Week. In 1998, the American Gaming Association established Responsible Gaming Education Week to promote responsible gaming nationwide and to educate employees and customers on the subject.
“I am proud to represent Las Vegas, the gold standard when it comes to gaming and gaming regulation. Gaming generates jobs for 1.8 million Americans, providing $74bn in wages, benefits, and tips. The US casino industry at large generates more than $40bn in federal, state, and local taxes, supporting a range of needed services like hospitals, schools, transportation routes, and public safety.”
Titus, whose district includes Las Vegas, also applauded the work of industry employees for the exceptional service and education they offer to casino visitors, and of employers for providing high quality training, saying: “The gaming industry goes to great lengths to make sure employees are trained in best practices for recognizing and dealing with problem gaming and patrons are aware of options for help if they need it.
“The industry contributes hundreds of millions of dollars each year toward research and treatment of problem gambling as well as awareness and other training programs. In short, responsible gaming has become an integral part of their daily operations.
“I am proud to support the goals and ideals of Responsible Gaming Education Week which brings together the gaming industry, advocacy groups, regulators, and other key stakeholders to promote transparency and gaming literacy. I commend the industry for its work on the issue and the education provided to promote responsible play and awareness of gaming disorders.”
Highlighting the industry’s commitment to promoting safer gambling, she added: “I also applaud the employees of the gaming industry for the work they do every day educating patrons about the issue. Las Vegas is a better community and tourism destination for it. I am proud to support the goals and ideals of Responsible Gaming Education Week which brings together the gaming industry, advocacy groups, regulators and other key stakeholders to promote transparency and gaming literacy.”