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Gambling Could Prove Costly For Children Under New Washington Law

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The state of Washington is trying to make things as clear as possible for underage gamblers. That is why they have approved a new law that will fine anyone that is underage and caught gambling in a casino.

The law was passed on Monday and it gives accountability not only to the casinos and card rooms in the state, but also the underage gamblers themselves. The Senate passed the law with little opposition.

Senator Jerome Delvin sponsored the law and he hopes it will raise awareness for gamblers in the state that are under the legal gambling age in the state. There is not an overwhelming problem of underage gambling, but Delvin is hoping this law will prevent one.

Last month the issue was brought up at a meeting and there were no objections to the law. That paved the way for the vote today, which ended in the law being passed.

The state has a similar law on the books that punishes underage drinkers with a fine. In the case of the casino law, not only would they be fined, but they would be required to forfeit any of their winnings at the casino.

Nontribal casinos have been a proponent of the new law. It helps that they will no longer be the only ones responsible for the underage gambling. The state Gambling Commission has also thrown their support behind the law.

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