HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.25          
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  URGING A MORATORIUM ON LEGISLATION TO LEGALIZE ANY FORM OF
    GAMBLING IN HAWAII UNTIL THE NATIONAL GAMBLING IMPACT
    STUDY COMMISSION SUBMITS ITS FINAL REPORT. 


 1        WHEREAS, on August 3, 1996, President Clinton signed the
 2   National Gambling Impact Study Commission Act, P.L. 104-169;
 3   and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, this legislation establishes the National
 6   Gambling Impact Study Commission to conduct a two-year
 7   comprehensive legal and factual study of the social and
 8   economic impacts of gambling in the United States on:
 9   
10        (1)  Federal, State, local, and Native American tribal
11             governments; and
12   
13        (2)  Communities and social institutions generally,
14             including individuals, families, and businesses
15             within these communities and institutions;
16   and
17   
18        WHEREAS, the Commission's study will include:
19   
20        (1)  A review of existing government policies and
21             practices, including a review of the costs;
22   
23        (2)  An assessment of the relationship between gambling
24             and levels of crime, and regulatory practices to
25             address these relationships;
26   
27        (3)  An assessment of pathological or problem gambling;
28   
29        (4)  An assessment of the impacts of gambling on
30             individuals and society;
31   
32        (5)  An assessment of the extent to which gambling
33             provides revenue to governments, and possible
34             alternative means of revenue; and
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 1        (6)  An assessment of the interstate and international
 2             effects of gambling by electronic means;
 3   and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, governments across the United States are
 6   considering plans to expand legalized gambling, based on the
 7   assumption that the financial benefits of gambling outweigh the
 8   social and related economic costs; and
 9   
10        WHEREAS, once governments adopt a form of gambling,
11   reversing that decision is very difficult; and
12   
13        WHEREAS, the National Gambling Impact Study Commission,
14   with full budget authorization and subpoena powers, will
15   uncover, develop, and publicize a great deal of new information
16   on the effects of gambling; and
17   
18        WHEREAS, the wisest course for the State of Hawaii is to
19   wait for the National Gambling Impact Study Commission's final
20   report before considering any proposals to initiate legalized
21   gambling in the State; now, therefore,
22   
23        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
24   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
25   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that a moratorium be placed on
26   the consideration of legislation to legalize any form of
27   gambling in Hawaii prior to the Regular Session of 2000, in
28   order to examine and evaluate the data from the National
29   Gambling Impact Study Commission; and
30   
31        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Business,
32   Economic Development, and Tourism is requested to update its
33   1997 study entitled, "The Economic Impacts of Shipboard Gaming
34   and Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing in Hawaii", and report its
35   findings and recommendations to the Legislature by December 1,
36   1999; and
37   
38        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Reference
39   Bureau is requested to update its 1994 study entitled, "Social
40   Effects of Gambling on Floating Vessels, and report its
41   findings and recommendations to the Legislature by December 1,
42   1999; and

 
 
 
 
 
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 1   
 2        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 3   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President of the
 4   Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the
 5   Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development,
 6   and Tourism, and the Director of the Legislative Reference
 7   Bureau.
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