05RS HB174


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HB 174/LM/CI (BR 823) - T. Burch

     AN ACT relating to video lottery terminals and making an appropriation therefor.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 154A to authorize the playing of video lottery games in a county, urban-county, charter county, and consolidated local government if authorized by a vote of the people in the respective county; require persons wishing to operate video lottery games to obtain a contract from the Lottery Corporation, only after having obtained prior approval from the local governing board where the terminals will be located; place the oversight of the games under the jurisdiction of the Lottery Corporation; establish the duties and responsibilities of the corporation, its agents, and its employees; prohibit ex parte communications between Lottery board members and contract holders, licensees, and applicants for such contracts or licenses; prohibit any person less than 21 years of age from being on the premises or any portion of the premises where video lottery games are conducted; establish qualifications and responsibilities of video lottery retailers and licensees; establish grounds by which a video lottery retailer or applicant may have his or her contract rescinded, revoked, suspended, or not renewed; permit the corporation to issue temporary licenses; prohibit the transfer of licenses without obtaining prior approval from the corporation; establish how the moneys earned from the conduct of video lottery games are expended; cap the amount the corporation may spend on administrative and operating expenses to no more than seven percent of net terminal income; provide $2,000,000 to the compulsive gamblers' assistance fund; devote remaining moneys to education, Medicaid matches, prescription drug program for seniors, equine industry program, video lottery retailers, budget reserve fund, and county governments where video lottery games are located; require the Auditor of Public Accounts to conduct an annual audit of the corporation's disbursements and expenditures; create a committee to conduct a study on video lottery games operating in the state and their impact on the economy; establish the committee's membership; establish a list by which undesirables may be ejected or exclude from premises where video lottery games are being conducted; set out criteria to be used in making a determination as to whether or not such persons should be excluded or ejected; require the commission to notify a person placed on the exclusion or ejection list; establish a procedure by which person ejected or excluded may appeal the decision to eject him; create an exemption to allow facilities development for gaming activities regarding zoning; provide that other zoning and building codes still apply; define the term "cheat" and establish penalties for persons who cheat; create the compulsive gamblers assistance fund; establish how expenditures from the compulsive gamblers assistance fund will be utilized; require the commission to prepare an annual report detailing activities and expenditures of the compulsive gamblers assistance fund; encourage video lottery retailers to cooperate with local business and community organizations to stimulate the economy through tourism; amend KRS 154A.010; 154A.030, 154A.050, 154A.060, 154A.063, 154A.070, 154A.080, 154A.090, 154A.110, 154A.130, 154A.400, 154A.420, 154A.650, 243.500, 243.505, 525.090, 528.010, 528.100, 15.380, and 154A.990 to conform; include a severability clause.

     Feb 1-introduced in House
     Feb 2-to Licensing and Occupations (H)
     Feb 7-posted in committee

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