Lawmakers consider new lottery bills

Lawmakers consider new lottery bills

Three new bills aim to stop problem gambling with Oregon Lottery games.

Past efforts to restrict the lottery failed to find support among lawmakers wary about stifling what has become a lucrative source of money for schools, parks and other state programs. But [Rep. Carolyn] Tomei says her efforts to target problem gamblers are getting early support.

Tomei, who chairs the House Human Services Committee, is working on a trio of bills aimed at curbing gambling addiction and reducing pressure on the Oregon Lottery to make money for the state. Taken together, the bills represent some of the toughest anti-addiction measures since state voters approved lottery games in 1984.