Gambling Regulation Committee Chair: A new committee in the Oregon House will have its proceedings presided over by a state legislator from Springfield.
Lively Is Chosen To Serve As The Next Gambling Regulation Committee Chair In Oregon
During the parliamentary session that will begin in January 2023, Democrat John Lively will serve as the chairperson of the “Gambling Regulation Committee.” It is the first comprehensive review of the industry in more than 25 years, and it comes after an interim panel began going through the state’s lottery and gaming laws over the summer. Legislative leaders have described this as the first top-to-bottom look at the industry in over a quarter of a century.
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According to Lively, the goal is to do a comprehensive review of the situation of gaming in Oregon.
“Where is all of this heading, and should there be limitations on how fast gambling grows or doesn’t grow?” he said. “Rather than simply the fact that if there are individuals wanting to do it, then we’ll do it,” was his response. “Should there be limits on how fast gambling grows or doesn’t grow?”
The Oregon Lottery, which is part of the state’s legal gambling industry and derives the great majority of its income from video lottery games, is one example of Oregon’s legal gambling. Additionally, the state governs horse racing, off-track betting, charity, and social gaming activities including bingo and raffles, and off-track betting.
In Oregon, there are ten tribally-operated casinos, eight of which offer full services and two of which offer restricted services. However, the state does not oversee these casinos. However, Lively stated that lawmakers are fully aware of the potential effects that state-run gaming may have on local tribes.
“If the state continues to try to grow the (Oregon) Lottery rapidly, the impact that has on tribes and their revenue, and whether there’s a role the legislature can play regarding revenue-sharing, I don’t know what that answer is,” he said. However, he said that the panel would discuss “how we would support and protect the tribes if we continue to grow the lottery.” 
This new committee, in contrast to the interim committee, will have the ability to introduce legislation and bring it to the whole House for a vote. However, according to Lively, it is now unclear which priorities the members will choose to pursue.
“There are areas that we could potentially reach some kind of agreement on and work on policy direction for, (such as) how well we take care of people who are addicted to gambling, particularly those who are low-income who are most likely to be negatively impacted,” he said. “How well we take care of people who are addicted to gambling, specifically those who are low-income who are most likely to be negatively impacted,” he said. “Have we put the necessary programs into place? Are there any left in stock? How successful are they?”
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Rep. Farrah Chaichi, a Democrat from Beaverton, will serve as Vice Chair of the new Gambling Regulation Committee. She will be joined on the committee by Rep. Boomer Wright, a Republican from Reedsport, Rep. Courtney Neron, a Democrat from Wilsonville, and Rep. Kim Wallan, a Republican from Medford.
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