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SENATE BILL NO. 1518
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APPROPRIATION - Appropriates moneys to the Legislative Account from the
State Lottery Fund for retaining a consultant to study and report to the
Legislature on the economic and social effects of gambling and gaming.
03/08 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/11 Rpt prt - to Fin
Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/12 Rls susp - PASSED - 20-14-1
AYES -- Andreason, Branch(Bartlett), Brandt, Bunderson, Burtenshaw,
Cameron, Darrington, Davis, Frasure, Hawkins, Hill, Ipsen, Little,
Marley, Noh, Richardson, Risch, Sandy, Thorne, Williams
NAYS -- Boatright, Deide, Dunklin, Goedde, Ingram, Keough,
King-Barrutia, Lodge, Schroeder, Sims, Sorensen, Stegner, Stennett,
Absent and excused -- Geddes
Floor Sponsors - Bunderson & Ipsen
Title apvd - to House
03/12 House intro - 1st rdg - to 2nd rdg
03/13 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/14 Rls susp - Motion passed - to Approp
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-sixth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2002
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1518
BY FINANCE COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 APPROPRIATING MONEYS TO THE LEGISLATIVE ACCOUNT FROM THE STATE LOTTERY FUND
3 FOR RETAINING A CONSULTANT TO STUDY AND REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE
4 ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL EFFECTS OF GAMBLING AND GAMING; AND DECLARING AN EMER-
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. There is hereby appropriated to the Legislative Account
8 $60,000 from the State Lottery Fund created pursuant to Section 67-7428, Idaho
9 Code, to be expended for the period on and after the effective date of this
10 act until June 30, 2004, and shall be utilized to retain a consultant or con-
11 sultants to study the economic and social effects of gambling and gaming and
12 to make a report of such study to the Legislature. Notwithstanding any other
13 provision of law to the contrary, any unexpended moneys appropriated pursuant
14 to this act need not be encumbered at the end of the fiscal year.
15 SECTION 2. An emergency existing therefor, which emergency is hereby
16 declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its
17 passage and approval.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Idaho voters adopted HJR No. 4 in 1992 that legalized and limited
gambling in Idaho to (a) a State lottery, (b) pan-mutual betting
and (c) raffle games that are operated by qualified charitable
organizations in pursuit of charitable purposes. As a result of the
legalization of these types of gambling, Casino type gambling is
being offered under various venues across Idaho and expansions of
casino type gambling has been requested and is, in fact, to be
placed before the voters via an initiative sponsored by two North
Idaho Tribes. Some businesses in Ada County are now in court to
determine if the machines they are using are legal.
State lottery net proceeds have been decreasing, resulting in
decreased funding to public education and State buildings. This
raises questions about the competitive impact such expanded types
of gambling will have on the state lottery, and the amount of net
proceeds available for distribution to state lottery beneficiaries.
The National Gambling Impact Study Commission recommended "a
national moratorium on gambling expansion to allow policymakers to
demand more information such as comprehensive and objective
cost/benefit analysis - in order to assist policymakers in making
decisions in the public interest." However, gambling has continued
to expand in Idaho and no Idaho study has been performed to measure
the economic and social cost/benefit evaluation. With 10 years of
experience since limited gambling was legalized in Idaho, it would
seem prudent to engage such a study.
This bill will direct an amount of money to pay for a cost/benefit
evaluation of the economic and social costs of gambling in Idaho.
A task force will be formed to locate and recommend a qualified
researcher(s) to perform such an evaluation.
There is an emergency clause to enable the evaluation to quickly
move ahead to provide timely information to Idaho citizens and to
There is no fiscal impact to the General Fund. $60,000 has been
appropriated from dedicated lottery proceeds.
Contact: Senator Grant Ipsen Senator Hal Bunderson
Phone: 332-1326 332-1329
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1518