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Engrossed Senate Bill (S)

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Gaming matters. Authorizes sports wagering at riverboats, racinos, a Vigo County casino, and satellite facilities. Provides for the administration and conduct of sports wagering. Imposes initial and annual fees on a licensed owner, operating agent, vendor, or permit holder conducting sports wagering. Imposes initial and annual licensing fees on vendors conducting sports wagering. Specifies that a vendor contracting with a certificate holder has the same authority to conduct sports wagering as the certificate holder. Provides that the Indiana gaming commission (IGC) may issue a temporary certificate of authority or a temporary license to conduct business under certain circumstances. Requires the Gaming matters. Authorizes sports wagering at riverboats, racinos, a Vigo County casino, and satellite facilities. Provides for the administration and conduct of sports wagering. Imposes initial and annual fees on a licensed owner, operating agent, vendor, or permit holder conducting sports wagering. Imposes initial and annual licensing fees on vendors conducting sports wagering. Specifies that a vendor contracting with a certificate holder has the same authority to conduct sports wagering as the certificate holder. Provides that the Indiana gaming commission (IGC) may issue a temporary certificate of authority or a temporary license to conduct business under certain circumstances. Requires the IGC to deposit vendor license application fees in the sports wagering fund. Requires the IGC to deposit sports wagering service provider license application fees in the sports wagering fund. Sets forth duties for the IGC concerning: (1) sports wagering; and (2) granting certain gambling licenses. Requires the IGC to adopt administrative rules. Specifies that the IGC may act upon information received from a sports governing body in considering requests to prohibit wagering on particular events or to prohibit making wagers of a particular type. Establishes a sports wagering service provider license. Provides that certain items must be acquired from a person that holds both a supplier's license and a sports wagering service provider license. Provides that certain services must be obtained from a person holding a sports wagering service provider license. Specifies that required background checks apply to employees engaged in activities related to sports wagering. Specifies permissible sports wagering wagers. Prohibits wagering on e-sports. Provides the process for withholding delinquent child support from sports wagering winnings. Imposes a sports wagering tax of 9.5% on adjusted gross receipts received from sports wagering. Requires 3.3% of the tax revenue received to be deposited in the addiction services fund. Provides that the Gary riverboat may transfer to an inland location if the licensed owners: (1) pay a $50,000,000 fee; and (2) relinquishes the license for the second riverboat before the date determined by the IGC's approval of the Gary riverboat relocation. Provides that a relinquished license is a terminated license. Caps the maximum number of gambling games that can be offered at the relocated Gary casino. Requires the licensed owner of the relocated Gary casino to pay an additional fee of $50,000,000 if: (1) gaming operations are relocated; and (2) the licensed owner sells or transfers the owner's interest in the owner's license within five years of relocation. Requires the licensed owner of the relocated Gary casino to: (1) offer each employee at the riverboat a similar position at the inland casino; and (2) consider hiring and training individuals laid off from the riverboat in East Chicago before considering other applicants. Provides that an owner's license may be issued to operate an inland casino in Vigo County. Requires the IGC to prepare a report that: (1) evaluates and updates a 2009 report concerning out-of-state casino competition and movement of casino licenses; and (2) describes the current state of gaming in Indiana. Establishes the Vigo County inland casino advisory board (advisory board). Requires the advisory board to provide recommendations concerning applicant proposals for an owner's license to the IGC. Requires the IGC to establish a competitive bid process for an owner's license to operate an inland casino in Vigo County that consists of: (1) an application process; (2) a process for submission of proposals; and (3) an auction process. Provides requirements for the competitive bid process. Requires the fee for the Vigo County casino license to be deposited in the state general fund. Requires a licensed owner or permit holder operating a casino in Vigo County to enter into a development agreement. Repeals the maximum number of owner's licenses that may be issued to a riverboat owner. Makes changes to the graduated wagering tax on gambling games at racinos and wagering tax on gambling games at riverboats. Provides that beginning with state fiscal years after June 30, 2021, a licensed owner or racino may not deduct more than $9,000,000 from adjusted gross receipts from wagering on gambling games. Provides that the IGC shall approve wagering on table games at a racino beginning January 1, 2021. Provides that the state treasurer shall distribute certain tax revenue from an operating agent operating a riverboat in a historic hotel district (operating agent) to the West Baden Springs historic hotel preservation and maintenance fund (fund). Provides that if the balance of the fund exceeds $25,000,000 or in any part of a state fiscal year after the adjusted gross receipts of the operating agent exceeds $100,000,000, distribution of tax revenue from the operating agent shall be paid to the state general fund. Establishes business participation goals for minority business enterprises, women's business enterprises, disadvantaged business enterprises, and veteran business enterprises for an inland Gary casino, a Vigo County casino, and sports wagering operations. Provides that a meeting between the governor's office, a representative of the governor's office, or the IGC and certain casino owners or potential casino owners must be a public meeting and are subject to the open door law. Makes technical corrections and other changes to conform with recent changes to the riverboat law. ... View more