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House Bill 1729


House Bill 1729

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF HB 1729 (Updated January 25, 2001 12:38 PM - DI 92)


Gambling. Requires the Indiana gaming commission to adopt rules to enhance programs for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. Requires the rules to implement a program in which problem gamblers may voluntarily exclude themselves from riverboat gambling facilities. Provides that the program must include a list of the participating persons. Provides that a person may be excluded or ejected from a riverboat gambling facility if the person's name is on the list of program participants. Provides that a person who participates in the program commits criminal trespass, a Class A misdemeanor, if the person knowingly or intentionally enters a riverboat gambling facility. Provides that the list of persons participating in a voluntary exclusion program is confidential. Provides that information submitted to the Indiana gaming commission by an applicant for an occupational license is confidential. Provides that riverboats must comply with safety requirements adopted by the Indiana gaming commission. Provides that the gaming commission may determine a riverboat's schedule. Provides that a person who aids, induces, or causes a person less than twenty-one (21) years of age who is not an employee of the riverboat gambling operation to enter or attempt to enter a riverboat commits a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that a person less than twenty-one (21) years of age who is not an employee of the riverboat gambling operation commits a Class A misdemeanor if the person knowingly or intentionally enters or attempts to enter a riverboat. Provides that a riverboat owner is not entitled to treble damages in a civil action against a person who caused the riverboat owner pecuniary loss by committing check deception or in any action to collect a gambling debt. Provides that the riverboat owner may bring the civil action for actual damages. Authorizes the unlimited ingress and egress of riverboat patrons. Provides that riverboats may conduct gambling games while cruising or while docked. Provides for a distribution of riverboat admissions taxes to the counties that do not have a riverboat located in the county. Requires the licensed owner of a riverboat who permits the continuous ingress and egress of passengers for the purpose of gambling to collect an additional admissions tax of $1. Requires the licensed owner of a riverboat that is a continuously or permanently moored vessel to collect an additional admissions tax of $1. Establishes the social service assistance fund. Requires the additional admissions tax for the continuous ingress and egress of passengers to be deposited into the social service assistance fund. Requires money in the fund to be allocated in equal shares: (1) to the housing trust fund; (2) for homeless centers; (3) for mental health centers; and (4) for addiction services. Provides that public and private entities providing these social services may apply to the budget agency for grants from the fund. Requires the additional admissions tax for a continuously or permanently moored vessel to be allocated to property tax relief for certain counties and the shoreline environmental fund. Establishes the shoreline environmental trust fund. Establishes minority and women owned business purchasing goals for permit holders selling pull tabs at a racetrack or satellite facility. Establishes the minority and women business assistance fund. Establishes the women and minority business assistance fund. Provides that the funds consist of fines imposed by the Indiana gaming commission and the Indiana horse racing commission, respectively, for the failure of licensees to meet minority and women business purchasing goals. Changes the riverboat wagering tax from a flat tax of 20% to a graduated tax with a maximum rate of 32.5%. Dedicates the wagering tax revenue from the portion of the rate above 20% to the lottery and gaming surplus account. Specifies that a riverboat owner must annually demonstrate to the gaming commission at a public meeting that an effort was made to meet the minority and women business participation requirements. Provides that the Indiana gaming commission may not enter a settlement agreement to dispose of a disciplinary proceeding that requires a licensee or an employee of a licensee to pay money to the commission other than a civil penalty that is permitted by law and deposited in the state gaming fund. Provides that the commission may not enter a settlement agreement to dispose of a disciplinary proceeding that requires a licensee or an employee of a licensee to pay money to any entity other than the commission. Provides that local units may use riverboat revenue for property tax relief. Provides that the town council of French Lick must adopt an ordinance to permit the filing of applications for a permit to operate a satellite facility in French Lick. Exempts the satellite facility from the requirement of a county referendum. Provides that a satellite facility operating in French Lick may sell pull tabs. Provides that a satellite facility in French Lick must be located at a historic resort hotel built before 1930 with at least 300 sleeping rooms. Authorizes the sale of pull tab tickets at a horse racing track and a horse racing satellite facility located in Marion County. Provides that the Indiana horse racing commission may suspend the sale of pari-mutuel pull tabs if a satellite facility is not operating and selling pari-mutuel pull tabs in French Lick. Requires a public question in Madison County before the racetrack may sell pull tabs. Allocates pari-mutuel pull tab wagering taxes and admissions taxes. Provides that the Indiana horse racing commission may determine the hours in which a racetrack or satellite facility may sell pari-mutuel pull tabs. Removes the prohibition on a riverboat owner from owning more than a 10% interest in another riverboat. Permits a person to own up to a 100% interest in two riverboats. Prohibits a riverboat located in a county contiguous to the Ohio River from being connected to a non-navigational barge, vessel, platform, or other structure. Provides that persons with certain interests in gaming licenses or permits may not give any property to another person with the understanding, either express or implied, that the other person will make, or cause to be made, a political contribution that the person with the interest in the gaming license or permit is prohibited from making. Requires persons with certain interests in gaming licenses or permits to make annual reports of all political contributions, including contributions to federal candidates, candidates for office outside Indiana, and committees operating outside Indiana. Consolidates with these provisions current statutes relating to political activities of persons with certain interests in gaming licenses or permits. Repeals the current statutes. Provides that crimes committed, penalties imposed, or liabilities accrued under any of the repealed statutes before the date of the repeal are not affected by the repeal. Prohibits an owner from extending credit to a patron if the credit is secured by the patron's home or vehicle. Limits withdrawals from an ATM located on a riverboat to $200 per account per day. Requires a racetrack to conduct racing days for each breed of horse that has a breed development fund.
Current Status:
 In Committee - 2nd House
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