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HB 605 - Prohibits Gambling In Internet Cafes - Key Vote

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Theodore Celeste voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (63-30) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Gambling In Internet Cafes

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases requirements for operating a sweepstakes terminal device facility.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an individual from operating sweepstakes with the use of a sweepstake terminal device at a sweepstakes terminal device facility unless the individual has obtained an annual certificate of registration (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “sweepstakes” as a game, contest or other advertising scheme where consideration is not required for an individual to enter to win or become eligible to receive a prize and determination is based on chance alone (Sec. 1).
  • Exempts the following state approved gambling from the definition of sweepstakes (Sec. 1):
    • Bingo;
    • Pari-mutuel wagering;
    • Lotteries operated by the State Lottery Commission; and
    • Casino gambling.
  • Prohibits a sweepstakes merchandise prize from exceeding a wholesale value of $10 (Sec. 1).
  • Requires an individual to register with the Attorney General and pay a filing fee to obtain an annual certificate to operate a sweepstakes terminal device facility (Sec. 1).
  • Requires a certified sweepstakes terminal device operator to file a sweepstakes terminal device monthly report with the Attorney General and pay a filing fee no later than the tenth day of each month (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the Attorney General to fulfill the following responsibilities (Sec. 1):
    • Adopt rules on types of schemes that are prohibited schemes of chance;
    • Determine the filing procedure for a sweepstake terminal facility license;
    • Refuse to issue a license; and
    • Revoke a license.
  • Classifies a violation of the provisions of this bill as a fifth degree felony, whereas existing law classifies this violation as a first degree misdemeanor (Sec. 1).
  • Classifies failing to file a sweepstakes terminal device monthly report as a first degree misdemeanor (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits Gambling In Internet Cafes

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