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Mullally Receives Outstanding Contributor Award

Kevin Mullally.Kevin Mullally, a founder of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, received the Alliance's Outstanding Contributor Award during the 2006 Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse in Kansas City on Aug. 18. The award is presented in recognition of superior contributions to the Missouri's problem gambling programs during the past year.

Mullally wrote the legislative bill that created the first statewide Voluntary Exclusion Program for casinos. This bill, which eventually became a Missouri law, became a model program for governments throughout the world. Missouri's voluntary exclusion program is now the largest of its kind in the world, with more than 10,500 problem gamblers on the list.

Mullally also wrote the Alliance's by-laws and served as the Alliance's first chairman. He also served a second term as chairman of the Alliance.

In addition to his dedication to helping problem gamblers, he helped draft legislation to create the Missouri Gaming Commission, one of the most stringent gaming regulatory boards in the country. In 2001, Mullally became the third executive director of the Missouri Gaming Commission, after serving as the commission's deputy director for legal and legislative affairs. Mullally retired from the Gaming Commission in March 2006, but his work will continue to shape Missouri's problem gambling programs for years to come.


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