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HF 2521

1st Engrossment - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to lawful gambling; making various changes to 
  1.3             lawful gambling provisions; amending Minnesota 
  1.4             Statutes 2002, sections 349.12, subdivision 31; 
  1.5             349.15, subdivision 2; 349.163, subdivision 9; 
  1.6             349.1711, by adding a subdivision; 349.18, subdivision 
  1.7             2; 349.19, subdivision 5; Minnesota Statutes 2003 
  1.8             Supplement, sections 349.12, subdivision 18; 349.167, 
  1.9             subdivisions 2, 4; 349.18, subdivision 1; 349.211, 
  1.10            subdivision 1; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2002, 
  1.11            section 349.1711, subdivision 4. 
  1.13     Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 
  1.14  349.12, subdivision 18, is amended to read: 
  1.15     Subd. 18.  [GAMBLING EQUIPMENT.] "Gambling equipment" 
  1.16  means:  bingo hard cards or paper sheets, linked bingo paper 
  1.17  sheets, devices for selecting bingo numbers, pull-tabs, jar 
  1.18  tickets, paddlewheels, paddlewheel tables, paddletickets, 
  1.19  paddleticket cards, promotional tickets, tipboards, tipboard 
  1.20  tickets, and pull-tab dispensing devices. 
  1.21     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 349.12, 
  1.22  subdivision 31, is amended to read: 
  1.23     Subd. 31.  [PROMOTIONAL TICKET.] A multi-ply ticket 
  1.24  designed and manufactured to resemble a pull-tab or tipboard 
  1.25  ticket with the words "no purchase necessary" and "for 
  1.26  promotional use only" and for which no consideration is given or 
  1.27  which requires the redemption of a prize, or other thing of 
  1.28  value, by submitting a request through the United States mail, 
  2.1   electronically, or by any other means is a promotional 
  2.2   ticket.  Promotional tickets must be manufactured by a licensed 
  2.3   manufacturer and distributed by a licensed distributor. 
  2.4      Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 349.15, 
  2.5   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
  2.6      Subd. 2.  [CASH SHORTAGES.] In computing gross profit to 
  2.7   determine maximum amounts which may be expended for allowable 
  2.8   expenses under subdivision 1, an organization may not reduce its 
  2.9   gross receipts by any cash shortages.  An organization may 
  2.10  report cash shortages to the board only as an allowable 
  2.11  expense.  An organization may not report cash shortages in any 
  2.12  reporting period fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2004, that in 
  2.13  total exceed the following percentages of the organization's 
  2.14  gross receipts from lawful gambling for that period:  until 
  2.15  August 1, 1995, four-tenths of one percent; and on and after 
  2.16  August 1, 1995, three-tenths of one percent of the 
  2.17  organization's gross receipts from lawful gambling at each 
  2.18  permitted premises where the organization conducts lawful 
  2.19  gambling. 
  2.20     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 349.163, 
  2.21  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
  2.22     Subd. 9.  [SALES REQUIRED.] No licensed manufacturer may 
  2.23  refuse to sell pull-tab games gambling equipment to a licensed 
  2.24  distributor unless: 
  2.25     (1) a specific game type of gambling equipment sold on an 
  2.26  exclusive basis is at issue; 
  2.27     (2) the manufacturer does not sell pull-tab games gambling 
  2.28  equipment to any distributor in Minnesota; 
  2.29     (3) a Minnesota statute or rule prohibits the sale; or 
  2.30     (4) the distributor is delinquent on any payment owed to 
  2.31  the manufacturer. 
  2.32     Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 
  2.33  349.167, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
  2.34     Subd. 2.  [GAMBLING MANAGERS; LICENSES.] A person may not 
  2.35  serve as a gambling manager for an organization unless the 
  2.36  person possesses a valid gambling manager's license issued by 
  3.1   the board.  In addition to the disqualifications in section 
  3.2   349.155, subdivision 3, the board may not issue a gambling 
  3.3   manager's license to a person applying for the license who: 
  3.4      (1) has not complied with subdivision 4, clause (1); 
  3.5      (2) within the five years before the date of the license 
  3.6   application, has committed a violation of law or board rule that 
  3.7   resulted in the revocation of a license issued by the board; 
  3.8      (3) has ever been convicted of a criminal violation 
  3.9   involving fraud, theft, tax evasion, misrepresentation, or 
  3.10  gambling; or 
  3.11     (4) has engaged in conduct the board determines is contrary 
  3.12  to the public health, welfare, or safety or the integrity of 
  3.13  lawful gambling. 
  3.14     A gambling manager's license runs concurrent with the 
  3.15  organization's license unless the gambling manager's license is 
  3.16  suspended or revoked.  The annual fee for a gambling manager's 
  3.17  license is $100.  
  3.18     Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 
  3.19  349.167, subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
  3.20     Subd. 4.  [TRAINING OF GAMBLING MANAGERS.] The board shall 
  3.21  by rule require all persons licensed as gambling managers to 
  3.22  receive periodic training in laws and rules governing lawful 
  3.23  gambling.  The rules must contain the following requirements: 
  3.24     (1) each gambling manager must receive training before 
  3.25  being issued a new license, except that in the case of the 
  3.26  death, disability, or termination of a gambling manager, a 
  3.27  replacement gambling manager must receive the training within 90 
  3.28  days of being issued a license; 
  3.29     (2) each gambling manager applying for a renewal of a 
  3.30  license must have received continuing education training, as 
  3.31  required by board rule, each year of the two-year license 
  3.32  period, or pass a gambling manager examination as required in 
  3.33  subdivision 7; and 
  3.34     (3) the training required by this subdivision may be 
  3.35  provided by a person authorized by the board to provide the 
  3.36  training.  Before authorizing a person to provide training, the 
  4.1   board must determine that: 
  4.2      (i) the provider and all of the provider's personnel 
  4.3   conducting the training are qualified to do so; 
  4.4      (ii) the curriculum to be used fully and accurately covers 
  4.5   all elements of lawful gambling law and rules that the board 
  4.6   determines are necessary for a gambling manager to know and 
  4.7   understand; 
  4.8      (iii) the fee to be charged for participants in the 
  4.9   training sessions is fair and reasonable; and 
  4.10     (iv) the training provider has an adequate system for 
  4.11  documenting completion of training. 
  4.12     The rules may provide for differing training requirements 
  4.13  for gambling managers based on the class of license held by the 
  4.14  gambling manager's organization. 
  4.15     The board or the director may provide the training required 
  4.16  by this subdivision using employees of the board. 
  4.17     Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 349.1711, is 
  4.18  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
  4.19     Subd. 5.  [TIPBOARD RULES.] The board shall adopt rules for 
  4.20  tipboard games with multiple seals.  The board shall also adopt 
  4.21  rules for cumulative or carryover tipboard prizes. 
  4.22     Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 
  4.23  349.18, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  4.24     Subdivision 1.  [LEASE OR OWNERSHIP REQUIRED; RENT 
  4.25  LIMITATIONS.] (a) An organization may conduct lawful gambling 
  4.26  only on premises it owns or leases.  Leases must be on a form 
  4.27  prescribed by the board.  Except for leases entered into before 
  4.28  August 1, 1994, the term of the lease may not begin before the 
  4.29  effective date of the premises permit and must expire on the 
  4.30  same day that the premises permit expires.  Copies of all leases 
  4.31  must be made available to employees of the board and the 
  4.32  Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement on request.  The 
  4.33  board may prescribe by rule limits on the amount of rent which 
  4.34  an organization may pay to a lessor for premises leased for 
  4.35  bingo.  Any rule adopted by the board limiting the amount of 
  4.36  rent to be paid may only be effective for leases entered into, 
  5.1   or renewed, after the effective date of the rule. 
  5.2      (b) Rent paid by an organization for leased premises is 
  5.3   subject to the following limits: 
  5.4      (1) for booth operations, including booth operations where 
  5.5   a pull-tab dispensing device is located, booth operations where 
  5.6   a bar operation is also conducted, and booth operations where 
  5.7   both a pull-tab dispensing device is located and a bar operation 
  5.8   is also conducted, the maximum rent is: 
  5.9      (i) in any month where the organization's gross profit at 
  5.10  those premises does not exceed $4,000, up to $400; and 
  5.11     (ii) in any month where the organization's gross profit at 
  5.12  those premises exceeds $4,000, up to $400 plus not more than ten 
  5.13  percent of the gross profit for that month in excess of $4,000; 
  5.14     (2) for bar operations, including bar operations where a 
  5.15  pull-tab dispensing device is located but not including bar 
  5.16  operations subject to clause (1), and for locations where only a 
  5.17  pull-tab dispensing device is located: 
  5.18     (i) in any month where the organization's gross profit at 
  5.19  those premises does not exceed $1,000, up to $200; and 
  5.20     (ii) in any month where the organization's gross profit at 
  5.21  those premises exceeds $1,000, up to $200 plus not more than 20 
  5.22  percent of the gross profit for that month in excess of $1,000; 
  5.23     (3) a lease not governed by clauses (1) and (2) must be 
  5.24  approved by the board before becoming effective; 
  5.25     (4) total rent paid to a lessor from all organizations from 
  5.26  leases governed by clause (1) may not exceed $1,750 per month.  
  5.27  Total rent paid to a lessor from all organizations from leases 
  5.28  governed by clause (2) may not exceed $2,000 $2,500 per month. 
  5.29     (c) Amounts paid as rent under leases are all-inclusive.  
  5.30  No other services or expenses provided or contracted by the 
  5.31  lessor may be paid by the organization, including, but not 
  5.32  limited to, trash removal, janitorial and cleaning services, 
  5.33  snow removal, lawn services, electricity, heat, security, 
  5.34  security monitoring, storage, other utilities or services, and, 
  5.35  in the case of bar operations, compensation for cash shortages.  
  5.36  Any other expenditure made by an organization that is related to 
  6.1   a leased premises must be approved by the director.  An 
  6.2   organization may not provide any compensation or thing of value 
  6.3   to a lessor or the lessor's employees from any fund source other 
  6.4   than its gambling account.  Rent payments may not be made to an 
  6.5   individual. 
  6.6      (d) Notwithstanding paragraph (b), an organization may pay 
  6.7   a lessor for food or beverages or meeting room rental if the 
  6.8   charge made is comparable to similar charges made to other 
  6.9   individuals or groups. 
  6.10     (e) No person, distributor, manufacturer, lessor, linked 
  6.11  bingo game provider, or organization other than the licensed 
  6.12  organization leasing the space may conduct any activity other 
  6.13  than the sale or serving of food and beverages on the leased 
  6.14  premises during times when lawful gambling is being conducted on 
  6.15  the premises. 
  6.16     (f) At a site where the leased premises consists of an area 
  6.17  on or behind a bar at which alcoholic beverages are sold and 
  6.18  employees of the lessor are employed by the organization as 
  6.19  pull-tab sellers at the site, pull-tabs and tipboard tickets may 
  6.20  be sold and redeemed by those employees at any place on or 
  6.21  behind the bar, but the tipboards and receptacles for pull-tabs 
  6.22  and cash drawers for lawful gambling receipts must be maintained 
  6.23  only within the leased premises. 
  6.24     (g) Employees of a lessor may participate in lawful 
  6.25  gambling on the premises provided (1) if pull-tabs or tipboards 
  6.26  are sold, the organization voluntarily posts, or is required to 
  6.27  post, the major prizes as specified in section 349.172; and (2) 
  6.28  any employee of the lessor participating in lawful gambling is 
  6.29  not a gambling employee for the organization conducting lawful 
  6.30  gambling on the premises. 
  6.31     (h) A gambling employee may purchase pull-tabs at the site 
  6.32  of the employee's place of employment provided: 
  6.33     (1) the organization voluntarily posts, or is required to 
  6.34  post, the major prizes for pull-tab or tipboard games as 
  6.35  specified in section 349.172; and 
  6.36     (2) the employee is not involved in the sale of pull-tabs 
  7.1   at that site. 
  7.2      (i) At a leased site where an organization uses a 
  7.3   paddlewheel consisting of 30 numbers or less or a tipboard 
  7.4   consisting of 30 tickets or less, tickets may be sold throughout 
  7.5   the permitted premises, but winning tickets must be redeemed, 
  7.6   the paddlewheel must be located, and the tipboard seal must be 
  7.7   opened within the leased premises. 
  7.8      (j) A member of the lessor's immediate family may not be a 
  7.9   compensated employee of an organization leasing space at the 
  7.10  premises.  For purposes of this paragraph, a "member of the 
  7.11  immediate family" is a spouse, parent, child, or sibling. 
  7.12     Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 349.18, 
  7.13  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
  7.14     Subd. 2.  [EXCEPTIONS.] (a) An organization may conduct 
  7.15  raffles on a premise it does not own or lease.  
  7.16     (b) An organization may, with the permission of the board, 
  7.17  conduct bingo on premises it does not own or lease for up to 12 
  7.18  consecutive days in a calendar year, in connection with a county 
  7.19  fair, the state fair, or a civic celebration.  
  7.20     (c) A licensed organization may, after compliance with 
  7.21  section 349.213, conduct lawful gambling on premises other than 
  7.22  the organization's permitted premises for one day four days per 
  7.23  calendar year or and one event up to 12 consecutive days in a 
  7.24  calendar year in connection with a county fair, the state fair, 
  7.25  a church festival, or a civic celebration.  A lease for that 
  7.26  time period for the exempted premises must accompany the request 
  7.27  to the board. 
  7.28     Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 349.19, 
  7.29  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
  7.30     Subd. 5.  [REPORTS.] A licensed organization must report to 
  7.31  the Department of Revenue and to its membership monthly, or 
  7.32  quarterly in the case of a class C licensee or licensed 
  7.33  organization which does not report more than $1,000 in gross 
  7.34  receipts from lawful gambling in any calendar quarter, on its 
  7.35  gross receipts, expenses, profits, and expenditure of profits 
  7.36  from lawful gambling.  The report must include a reconciliation 
  8.1   of the organization's profit carryover with its cash balance on 
  8.2   hand.  If the organization conducts both bingo and other forms 
  8.3   of lawful gambling, the figures for both must be reported 
  8.4   separately.  
  8.5      Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 2003 Supplement, section 
  8.6   349.211, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  8.7      Subdivision 1.  [BINGO.] Except as provided in subdivisions 
  8.8   1a and 2, prizes for a single bingo game may not exceed $200 
  8.9   except prizes for a cover-all game, which may exceed $200 if the 
  8.10  aggregate value of all cover-all prizes in a bingo occasion does 
  8.11  not exceed $1,000.  Total prizes awarded at a bingo occasion may 
  8.12  not exceed $2,500 $2,800, unless a cover-all game is played in 
  8.13  which case the limit is $3,500 $3,800.  A prize may be 
  8.14  determined based on the value of the bingo packet sold to the 
  8.15  player.  For purposes of this subdivision, a cover-all game is 
  8.16  one in which a player must cover all spaces except a single free 
  8.17  space to win. 
  8.18     Sec. 12.  [LAWFUL PURPOSE.] 
  8.19     Notwithstanding the definition of "lawful purpose" in 
  8.20  Minnesota Statutes, section 349.12, subdivision 25, it is a 
  8.21  lawful purpose of lawful gambling conducted by a licensed 
  8.22  veterans organization to pay up to $1,500 per person to send up 
  8.23  to two World War II veterans per local veterans organization to 
  8.24  Washington D.C., for the dedication events of the National World 
  8.25  War II Memorial on May 27 to May 30, 2004.  No licensed veterans 
  8.26  organization may spend more than $6,000 under authority of this 
  8.27  section. 
  8.28     Sec. 13.  [REPEALER.] 
  8.29     Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 349.1711, subdivision 4, 
  8.30  is repealed. 
  8.31     Sec. 14.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
  8.32     Section 3 is effective July 1, 2004.  Sections 1, 2, and 4 
  8.33  to 13 are effective the day following final enactment.