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Legislation

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES

Florida Senate – Committee on Regulated Industries

Florida Senate – Gaming

Florida House - Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee

Florida House – Gaming

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BILLS FILED FOR THE 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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SB 668 Relating to Amusement Machines (Stargel) – Prohibiting merchandise from exceeding a specified value; requiring the Department of Revenue to calculate annually an adjusted cap on the per-game cost of merchandise; repealing provisions relating to an injunction to restrain violation, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
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SB 98 Relating to Florida Lottery (Margolis)Authorizing the Department of the Lottery to create and administer a program that provides for the sale of Florida lottery tickets through the Internet; authorizing the department to adopt rules, etc.

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HB 661 Relating to Pari-mutuel Permitholders (Moskowitz) – Revises number of performances required for full schedule for greyhound racing permitholders; revises requirements for renewal of cardroom license by greyhound racing permitholder.

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HB 361/SB 466; Relating to State Lotteries; (Clarke-Reed/Thompson) – Offers special instant scratch-off lottery game entitled “Ticket for the Cure” by DOL; provides for revenues to be used for purpose of funding breast cancer research & services for certain breast cancer victims; provides restrictions for use of funds; defines terms “net revenue” & “research”; authorizes DOL to adopt rules; provides for revenues to be equitably apportioned to certain state universities to be used for purpose of funding breast cancer research & services for certain breast cancer victims.

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HB 547; Relating to State Lotteries; (Beshears) – Authorizes Department of the Lottery to create program allowing certain persons to purchase lottery tickets using unmanned point-of-sale terminals or devices; authorizes use of unmanned point-of-sale terminals or devices to facilitate sale of lottery tickets or games.

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SB 742; Relating to Greyhound Injuries; (Sobel) – Requiring the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to maintain records of greyhounds injured while racing; providing for the content of such records; providing fines for making false statements on an injury form, etc.

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SB 848; Relating to Gaming; (Margolis) – Citing this act as the “Public Confidence in Gaming Act”; prohibiting applicants and permitholders of pari-mutuel permits from contributing to certain campaign accounts and political committees; prohibiting specified conduct or employment by department officials, etc.

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SB 890; Relating to Bingo; (Galvano) – Specifying that provisions do not prohibit certain park or recreation districts from conducting bingo; authorizing bingo to be held on the premises of certain park or recreation districts, etc.

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HB 933: Relating to Greyhound Injuries (Moskowitz) – Directs DBPR’s Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering to maintain records of greyhounds injured while racing; provides for content of such records; provides penalties for making false statements on injury form.

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HB 945; Relating to Amusement Machines (Albritton) – Revises provisions for operation of certain amusement games & machines; revises applicability; revises provisions limiting per game cost of merchandise received by player; requires DOR to publish amount of adjusted limit; repeals provisions relating to injunction to restrain violation.

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SB 994; Relating to Advance Deposit Wagering (Margolis) – Authorizing the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering to authorize advance deposit wagering conducted by certain permitholders or certain operators contracting with a permitholder; specifying requirements for a person authorized to conduct advance deposit wagering; requiring the division to adopt rules, etc.

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HB 1033; Relating to Horse Racing (Caldwell) – Directs Animal Industry Technical Council within DOACS to prepare report on state’s equine breeding & racing industry & requires applicant for slot machine license or renewal thereof holding harness horse racing permit to have on file with Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering an agreement between applicant & Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association, Inc., governing purses & certain awards.

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SB 1130: Relating to Point of Sale Terminals (Richter) – Authorizing the Department of the Lottery to create a program that authorizes a person to purchase a lottery ticket or game at a point-of-sale terminal; authorizing the department, a retailer operating from one or more locations, or a vendor approved by the department to use a point-of-sale terminal to sell lottery tickets or games; requiring a point-of-sale terminal to perform certain functions; prohibiting a point-of-sale terminal from dispensing money for winnings; authorizing winnings to be directly deposited into a player’s account pursuant to a process approved by the department, etc.

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SB 1170; Relating to Slot Machine Licenses (Dean) – Requiring a harness racing permitholder that is applying for a slot machine license to file with the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering a written agreement between the applicant and the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association which governs certain purses and awards; requiring sums for awards to be remitted monthly, etc.

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SB 1316; Sports Facilities (Latvala) – Authorizing a distribution for an applicant that has been approved by the Legislature and certified by the Department of Economic Opportunity under specified provisions; providing for municipalities and counties to expend an increased portion of local government half-cent sales tax revenues to reimburse the state as required by a contract; requiring the Department of Economic Opportunity to screen applicants for state funding for sports development; revising the requirements for an applicant to be certified to receive state funding for a facility for a spring training franchise, etc.

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HB 1393; Gaming (Schenk) – Creates Gaming Control Commission & Department of Gaming Control to provide for oversight of pari-mutuel facilities, slot machines, cardrooms, & gaming; transfers responsibilities & resources for regulation of such facilities & enforcement of prohibitions against gambling to the commission & department; creates Joint Legislative Gaming Control Nominating Committee; & reorganizes & revises gaming provisions.

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HB 1409: Arcades (Rader) – Directs DBPR to implement & administer specified provisions that authorize amusement machine businesses to operate in this state; provides for licensure, registration, fees & taxes.

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SB 1530; Arcades (Abruzzo) – Creating ch. 547, F.S., entitled “Senior Arcades”; requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to implement and administer ch. 547, F.S.; authorizing an amusement machine business to operate in this state; requiring a tax to be assessed on the net revenue of each amusement machine; requiring customers to receive a points card to receive prizes; prohibiting cash prizes; requiring a points card provider to create an application to review and confirm redemptions and report them to the department, etc.

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SB 1630; DOACS (Montford) – Providing for appointment of a department representative to the Joint Task Force on State Agency Law Enforcement Communications; authorizing the department to impose certain civil penalties for violations relating to private security, investigative, and repossession services; providing for the inspection of food records for certain purposes; repealing provisions relating to the Florida Consumer Services Act; authorizing specified uses of funds from the Conservation and Recreation Lands Program Trust Fund, etc.

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SB 7050, 7052, 7054; Gaming (Gaming Comm.) – Creating the Joint Legislative Gaming Control Oversight Committee; creating the Department of Gaming Control; authorizing and directing the Governor to negotiate and execute an amendment to the Gaming Compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida; transferring the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to the Gaming Control Board within the Department of Gaming Control by type two transfer; transferring the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to the Department of Gaming Control by type two transfer, etc.

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HB 7091; DOACS (Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee)Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Revises, creates, & repeals various provisions relating to the department & the industries the department regulates.

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HB 7095; Sports Facilities (Patronis) – Provides for distribution of specified amount of tax proceeds to applicants of professional sports facility incentive program; authorizes municipalities & counties to use local government half-cent sales tax distributions to reimburse the state for funding received under program; requires EDR & OPPAGA to provide detailed analysis of program; creates professional sports facility incentive program; provides application requirements & procedures; provides procedures & criteria for evaluation of applications & recommendation of applications for legislative approval; requires applicants approved by Legislature to enter contract with DEO to be certified; provides for distribution of state funds to applicants of program; provides for reimbursement of state funds under certain circumstances; requires Auditor General to audit program.

Summary: Provides for bingo games to be offered in cardrooms.

Recent Action: Referred to Business & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee; Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee; Economic Affairs Committee; Now in Business & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee.