SB 431
Modifies provisions relating to illegal gambling
LR Number:
Last Action:
5/17/2019 - Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 431-Schatz, with SCS
Journal Page:
SCS SB 431
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Effective Date:
Emergency clause

Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 431 - Current law allows the Missouri Gaming Commission to enter into agreements with various federal, state, and local agencies to carry out the duties of the Commission. This act also allows the Commission to enter into agreements with such agencies for investigations relating to and the enforcement of criminal provisions relating to illegal gambling.

This act requires the Gaming Commission to establish a telephone contact number, which shall be prominently displayed on the Commission's website, to receive reports of suspected illegal gambling activity. The Commission shall initiate an investigation upon receiving such report. If the subject of an investigation is licensed under the Liquor Control Law or under provisions of law relating to gaming, such license shall be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. If the Commission finds sufficient evidence of illegal gambling, it shall refer such violation to the prosecuting attorney. If the prosecuting attorney determines not to commence a case for such violation, the Commission may forward the case to the Attorney General's office for review. If the Attorney General determines there is probable cause of a violation of state law, the Attorney General may prosecute such case.

Any person or establishment licensed under current law relating to gaming that is convicted of or pleads guilty to illegal gambling, and any affiliated company of such person or establishment, shall be permanently prohibited from being licensed to participate in any way in a program implementing video lottery gaming terminals should such a program be implemented in this state. (Section 313.004)

This act also allows the supervisor of liquor control to refer to the Commission any suspected illegal gambling activity being conducted on the premises of a location licensed under the Liquor Control Law. (Section 311.660)

Current law allows a sheriff, peace officer, or eight or more citizens of a county or city to bring an action in circuit court to initiate proceedings to suspend or revoke a license issued under the Liquor Control Law as a result of certain offenses committed by a licensee. This act adds permitting illegal gambling on the licensed premises of a licensee to such list of offenses. (Section 311.710)

This act provides that any conviction in this state for illegal gambling shall result in the automatic and permanent revocation of a license issued under the Liquor Control Law, as well as any lottery game retailer license. (Sections 311.720 and 313.255)

This act modifies the definition of "gambling device" for the purposes of provisions of law relating to the prosecution of illegal gambling by including any device, machine, paraphernalia, or equipment not approved by the Missouri Gaming Commission or State Lottery Commission. (Section 572.010)

This act contains an emergency clause.

This act is substantially similar to provisions contained in SS#3/SCS/HB 113 (2019) and SS#3/SCS/SB 44 (2019).



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