While most can safely and responsibly gamble, the existence of those negatively impacted by gambling cannot be denied. As shown by Ohio's statewide surveys, increased access to gambling results in an increased rate of problem gambling. It is our responsibility to advocate for those who are negatively impacted by gambling and ensure any gambling expansion includes consumer protections to mitigate harm and funding for prevention, intervention, and treatment services.
PGNO's Minimum Standards
Opportunities for gambling continue to increase throughout Ohio and nationally through both regulated and unregulated avenues. PGNO’s Principles for Responsible Gaming and Gambling Legislation outline minimum standards for new regulations and legislation that may be enacted to expand legalized forms of gambling in Ohio. These principles help protect individuals by assisting the creation of reasonable efforts to mitigate harm and maximize effective resources for those impacted.
Contact Your Legislators
Legislators are elected to represent their constituents. Your voice matters in the process of passing legislation that will benefit your community.
Here are some tips for communicating with your state representative and senator:
- If legislation is imminent, reaching out to your legislator via phone or e-mail can be most effective.
- Meet with your legislators and build connections. If an issue relating to your message is proposed, your legislator may come to you for advice.
- When contacting your legislators, it is important to voice your opinion, be specific, provide relevant facts, share your personal message or story, ask for action, and be respectful.
Find Your Legislators
You can find your state and federal legislators by clicking the buttons below. Need help? You can use this email script or phone script as a starting point. If you would like additional assistance in reaching out to your legislators, contact us at Info@PGNOhio.org.
Join Our Advocacy Network
Our mission is to create a dedicated network of support for those impacted by gambling. As a statewide, membership-based non-profit, this mission would be impossible without the support of our members which includes professionals in the fields of prevention, treatment, recovery, regulation, and operation.
In order to show the strongest voice for those impacted by gambling, we need your help by becoming a PGNO member. Not only does a large membership show the support of our work—but your membership dues also provide the resources to ensure we are engaged advocates for all legislation regarding gambling expansion.