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HB 593 - Expands Gambling - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Failed (House) (118-226) - (Key vote)

Title: Expands Gambling

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands gambling to include table games and video slot machines.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the construction of 2 video lottery facilities that must be at least 100 miles apart (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the operation of video lottery machines including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 1):
    • Slot machines;
    • Video poker machines; and
    • Other lottery machines.
  • Requires a license from the lottery commission in order to operate video lottery machines (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that a one time fee for an operating license for video lottery machines is at least $10 million (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies an operating license for video lottery machines or any subsequent renewal is valid for 5 years unless the license is suspended or revoked by the commission (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes video lottery operator licensees to apply for a “table game” operation certificate  (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “table games” as percentage games that allow individuals to use strategy and reason to  improve their expected return (Sec. 1).
  • Establishes an additional fee of no more than $1 million for the renewal of “table game” operation certificates for video lottery facilities that are valid for 5 years (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the lottery commission to regulate video lottery facilities and “table games” including, but not limited to, the ability to (Sec. 2):
    • Establish standards for granting licenses and certificates;
    • Establish technical standards for the approval of video lottery machines and “table games”; and
    • Conduct hearings related to any violations of the provisions of this bill.
  • Requires all video lottery machines to provide an average payoff of at least 87 percent (Sec. 1).
  • Requires 49 percent of net income from the video lotteries, after deducting for administrative costs, to be given to the state treasurer to be distributed as follows (Sec. 1):
    • $75,000 annually to the Department of Health and Human Services to treat problem gambling;
    • $363 million annually to the Education Trust Fund; and
    • The remainder to the state Highway Fund.
  • Requires 8 percent of the daily gross “table game” revenues to be distributed to the state Highway Fund and the remainder to the video lottery operator (Sec. 10).
  • Classifies the act of tampering with a video lottery machine for the purpose of manipulating the outcome of the gaming system as a felony (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits any individual under the age of 21 from playing a video lottery machine (Sec. 1).
  • Establishes a rehabilitation program for problem gaming that provides scientific care, treatment and rehabilitation of gambling (Sec. 5-6).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Expands Gambling

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