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Kentucky Bill Would Provide Treatment for Gambling Addiction

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Kentucky collects millions of dollars in taxes from legalized gambling every year but has no programs to help people with a gambling addiction, that’s according to State Representative Terry Mills who says the state should do something about that.

Mills is a Democrat from Lebanon and says he’s not opposed to gambling. He just thinks the Commonwealth should set aside a small part of its gaming revenues to assist those who have a problem.

“I’ve known people to loose farms. I’ve had friends loose twenty thousand dollars in one night. I just believe it’s a problem that we ought to elevate to treat on a level playing field to some of the other addictive behaviors.”

Mills has pre-filed a bill for the 2016 session of the Kentucky General Assembly to generate funds for an education and treatment program for problem gamblers.