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299L.07 GAMBLING DEVICES.
    Subdivision 1. License required. Except as provided in subdivision 2, a person may not (1)
manufacture, sell, offer to sell, lease, rent, or otherwise provide, in whole or in part, a gambling
device as defined in sections 349.30, subdivision 2, and 609.75, subdivision 4, or (2) operate a
testing facility, without first obtaining a license under this section.
    Subd. 2. Exclusions. Notwithstanding subdivision 1, a gambling device:
(1) may be sold by a person who is not licensed under this section, if the person (i) is not
engaged in the trade or business of selling gambling devices, and (ii) does not sell more than one
gambling device in any calendar year;
(2) may be sold by the governing body of a federally recognized Indian tribe described
in subdivision 2a, paragraph (b), clause (1), which is not licensed under this section, if (i) the
gambling device was operated by the Indian tribe, (ii) the sale is to a distributor licensed under
this section, and (iii) the licensed distributor notifies the commissioner of the purchase, in the
same manner as is required when the licensed distributor ships a gambling device into Minnesota;
(3) may be possessed by a person not licensed under this section if the person holds a permit
issued under section 299L.08; and
(4) may be possessed by a state agency, with the written authorization of the director, for
display or evaluation purposes only and not for the conduct of gambling.
    Subd. 2a. Restrictions. (a) A manufacturer licensed under this section may sell, offer to
sell, lease, or rent, in whole or in part, a gambling device only to a distributor licensed under
this section.
(b) A distributor licensed under this section may sell, offer to sell, market, rent, lease, or
otherwise provide, in whole or in part, a gambling device only to:
(1) the governing body of a federally recognized Indian tribe that is authorized to operate the
gambling device under a tribal state compact under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, Public
Law 100-497, and future amendments to it;
(2) a person for use in the person's dwelling for display or amusement purposes in a manner
that does not afford players an opportunity to obtain anything of value;
(3) another distributor licensed under this section; or
(4) a person in another state who is authorized under the laws of that state to possess the
gambling device.
    Subd. 2b. Testing facilities. (a) A person holding a license to operate a testing facility may
possess a gambling device only for the purpose of performing tests on the gambling device.
(b) No person may hold a license to operate a testing facility under this section who
is licensed as a manufacturer or distributor of gambling devices under this section or as a
manufacturer or distributor of gambling equipment under chapter 349.
    Subd. 3. License issuance. The commissioner may issue a license under this section if the
commissioner determines that the applicant will conduct the business in a manner that will not
adversely affect the public health, welfare, and safety or be detrimental to the effective regulation
and control of gambling.
    Subd. 4. Application. An application for a license under this section must be on a form
prescribed by the commissioner and must, at a minimum, contain:
(1) the name and address of the applicant and, if it is a corporation, the names of all officers,
directors, and shareholders with a financial interest of five percent or more;
(2) the names and addresses of any holding corporation, subsidiary, or affiliate of the
applicant, without regard to whether the holding corporation, subsidiary, or affiliate does business
in Minnesota; and
(3) if the applicant does not maintain a Minnesota office, an irrevocable consent statement
signed by the applicant, stating that suits and actions relating to the subject matter of the
application or acts of omissions arising from it may be commenced against the applicant in a
court of competent jurisdiction in this state by service on the secretary of state of any summons,
process, or pleadings authorized by the laws of this state. If any summons, process, or pleading is
served upon the secretary of state, it must be by duplicate copies. One copy must be retained in
the Office of the Secretary of State and the other copy must be forwarded immediately by certified
mail to the address of the applicant, as shown on the application.
    Subd. 5. Investigation. Before a license under this section is granted, the director may
conduct a background and financial investigation of the applicant, including the applicant's
sources of financing. The director may, or shall when required by law, require that fingerprints be
taken and the director may forward the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a
national criminal history check. The director may charge an investigation fee to cover the cost of
the investigation. Of this fee, $7 from each charge shall be deposited in the general fund.
    Subd. 6. License fees. (a) A license issued under this section is valid for one year.
(b) For a person who distributes 100 or fewer used gambling devices per year, the fee is
$1,500. For a person who distributes more than 100 used gambling devices per year, the fee
is $2,000.
(c) For a person who manufactures or distributes 100 or fewer new, or new and used
gambling devices in a year, the fee is $5,000. For a person who manufactures or distributes more
than 100 new, or new and used gambling devices in a year, the fee is $7,500.
(d) For a testing facility, the fee is $5,000.
    Subd. 7.[Repealed, 1994 c 633 art 4 s 11]
    Subd. 8. License actions. (a) The commissioner may not issue or renew a license under this
chapter, and shall revoke a license under this chapter, if the applicant or licensee, or a director,
officer, partner, governor, person in a supervisory or management position of the applicant or
licensee, an employee eligible to make sales on behalf of the applicant or licensee, or direct or
indirect holder of more than a five percent financial interest in the applicant or licensee:
(1) has ever been convicted of a felony, or of a crime involving gambling;
(2) has ever been convicted of (i) assault, (ii) a criminal violation involving the use of
a firearm, or (iii) making terroristic threats;
(3) is or has ever connected with or engaged in an illegal business;
(4) owes $500 or more in delinquent taxes as defined in section 270C.72;
(5) had a sales and use tax permit revoked by the commissioner of revenue within the past
two years;
(6) after demand, has not filed tax returns required by the commissioner of revenue; or
(7) had a license or permit revoked or denied by another jurisdiction for a violation of law or
rule relating to gambling.
The commissioner may deny or refuse to renew a license under this chapter, and may
revoke a license under this chapter, if any of the conditions in this subdivision is applicable to
an affiliate of or a direct or indirect holder of more than a five percent financial interest in the
applicant or licensee.
(b) The commissioner may by order deny, suspend, revoke, refuse to renew a license or
premises permit, or censure a licensee or applicant, if the commissioner finds that the order is in
the public interest and that the applicant or licensee, or a director, officer, partner, person in a
supervisory or management position of the applicant or licensee, or an employee eligible to make
sales on behalf of the applicant or licensee:
(1) has violated or failed to comply with any provision of this chapter, chapter 297E, or 349,
or any rule adopted or order issued thereunder;
(2) has filed an application for a license that is incomplete in any material respect, or contains
a statement that, in light of the circumstances under which it was made, is false, misleading,
fraudulent, or a misrepresentation;
(3) has made a false statement in a document or report required to be submitted to the
director, the commissioner, or the commissioner of revenue, or has made a false statement in a
statement made to the director or commissioner;
(4) has been convicted of a crime in another jurisdiction that would be a felony if committed
in Minnesota;
(5) is permanently or temporarily enjoined by any gambling regulatory agency from
engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice involving any aspect of gambling;
(6) has had a gambling-related license revoked or suspended, or has paid or been required to
pay a monetary penalty of $2,500 or more, by a gambling regulator in another state or jurisdiction,
or has violated or failed to comply with an order of such a regulator that imposed those actions;
(7) has been the subject of any of the following actions by the director or commissioner: (i)
had a license under this chapter denied, suspended or revoked, (ii) been censured, reprimanded,
has paid or been required to pay a monetary penalty or fine, or (iii) has been the subject of any
other discipline by the director;
(8) has engaged in conduct that is contrary to the public health, welfare, or safety, or to
the integrity of gambling; or
(9) based on the licensee's past activities or criminal record, poses a threat to the public
interest or to the effective regulation and control of gambling, or creates or enhances the danger of
unsuitable, unfair, or illegal practices, methods, and activities in the conduct of gambling or the
carrying on of the business and financial arrangements incidental to the conduct of gambling.
    Subd. 8a. Civil penalties. The commissioner may impose a civil penalty not to exceed $500
per violation on a person who has violated this chapter, or any rule adopted or order issued under
this chapter, unless a different penalty is specified.
    Subd. 8b. Show cause orders. (a) If the commissioner determines that one of the conditions
listed in subdivision 8 exists, or that a licensee is no longer conducting business in the manner
required by subdivision 2a, the commissioner may issue an order requiring a person to show cause
why any or all of the following should not occur: (1) the license be revoked or suspended, (2) the
licensee be censured, (3) a civil penalty be imposed or (4) corrective action be taken.
(b) The order must give reasonable notice of the time and place for hearing on the matter,
and must state the reasons for the entry of the order. The commissioner may by order summarily
suspend a license pending final determination of any order to show cause. If a license is suspended
pending final determination of an order to show cause, a hearing on the merits must be held within
30 days of the issuance of the order of suspension. All hearings must be conducted in accordance
with sections 14.57 to 14.69 of the Administrative Procedure Act.
(c) After the hearing the commissioner must enter an order disposing of the matter as the
facts require. If the licensee fails to appear at a hearing after being notified of the hearing,
the person is deemed in default and the proceeding may be determined against the person on
consideration of the order to show cause, the allegations of which are deemed to be true.
    Subd. 8c. Applications; renewals. (a) When it appears to the commissioner that a license
application or renewal should be denied under subdivision 8, the commissioner must promptly
give to the applicant a written notice of the denial. The notice must state the grounds for the denial
and give reasonable notice of the rights of the applicant to request a hearing. A hearing must be
held not later than 30 days after the request for the hearing is received by the commissioner,
unless the applicant and the commissioner agree that the hearing may be held at a later date. If
no hearing is requested within 30 days of the service of the notice, the denial becomes final. All
hearings under this subdivision must be conducted in accordance with sections 14.57 to 14.69 of
the Administrative Procedure Act.
(b) After the hearing, the commissioner shall enter an order making such disposition as the
facts require. If the applicant fails to appear at a hearing after being notified of the hearing, the
applicant is deemed in default and the proceeding may be determined against the applicant on
consideration of the notice denying application or renewal, the allegations of which are deemed to
be true. All fees accompanying the initial or renewal application are considered earned and are
not refundable.
    Subd. 8d. Actions against lapsed license. If a license lapses, is surrendered, withdrawn,
terminated, or otherwise becomes ineffective, the commissioner may institute a proceeding under
this subdivision within two years after the license was last effective and enter a revocation or
suspension order as of the last day on which the license was in effect, or impose a civil penalty as
provided in subdivision 8a.
    Subd. 8e. Notification of actions taken by other state. A licensee under this section
must notify the commissioner within 30 days of the action whenever any of the actions listed
in subdivision 8, paragraph (b), clause (6), have been taken against the licensee in another state
or jurisdiction.
    Subd. 9. Required information. A person to whom a license is issued under this section
shall provide, in a manner prescribed by the commissioner, information required by the
commissioner relating to the shipment and sale of gambling devices.
    Subd. 10. Transportation of gambling devices. In addition to the requirements of this
section, the transportation of gambling devices into or out of Minnesota must be in compliance
with United States Code, title 15, sections 1171 to 1177, as amended.
    Subd. 11. Inspection. The commissioner, director, and employees of the division may
inspect the business premises of a licensee under this section.
History: 1991 c 336 art 2 s 9; 1994 c 633 art 4 s 9; 1995 c 186 s 63; 1995 c 261 s 13-18;
1996 c 305 art 1 s 68; 2000 c 336 s 1,2; 2002 c 220 art 7 s 15; 2002 c 386 art 4 s 1; 2005 c
151 art 2 s 17