In a feel=good move to absolve themselves of the moral qualms of voting for casino gambling expansion, some legislators are pushing the idea of a 21 year old gambling age, but apparently only for casinos. Democrats, led by the Governor , are seeking to authorize several non-Indian casinos upstate.
The 18, 19 and 20 year olds would apparently still be able to buy Lottery tickets or help clean out the pull tabs at the local Legion. So the sanctimony is by no means absolute.
When the Judgement Day comes, if you feel promoting casinos is a mortal sin, then attempting to limit the age of gambling will not save you from eternal damnation, but for legislators anxious to appear virtuous, it's an out.
My view on all this is we need a universal age of majority. If its 21, fine...For booze, pot (when it becomes legal), gambling (all types), marriage (you can wed at 14 in NY now), driving and anything else deemed too much fun.
lawmakers want to raise the gambling age in NY casino parlors from 18 to 21. - NYPOST.com