Bill Sent To Committee
March 21, 2008
March 13, 2008(Key vote)
Title: Electronic Gaming Machines
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that allows electronic gaming machines in gambling facilities and allows their use by individuals 21 years and older.
- Limits electronic gaming machine license to individuals or entities already licensed for wagering and requires the permit holder to conduct a full schedule of live races or games (sec. 4).
- Imposes a 35 percent tax on electronic gaming machine revenue to be deposited into the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund [sec. 7(2)].
- Charges a licensing fee of $3 million to be used by the Department of Law Enforcement for investigations [sec 7(1)].
- Limits a licensed facility to 2,000 electronic gaming machines [sec. 14(1)].
- Requires the establishment to provide gambling addiction prevention material and post gambling helpline numbers (sec. 17).
- Prohibits the following where the machines are located (sec. 19):
- serving of complimentary or reduced-cost alcoholic beverages
- making loans, providing credit, granting cash advancements, or cashing checks in order for an individual to play an electronic gaming machine
- operation of an ATM
- Substitute offered by the Senate Committee on Finance and Tax.