SB 10
Modifies provisions relating to illegal gambling
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LR Number:
0470S.01I
Last Action:
3/3/2021 - Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2021

Current Bill Summary

SS/SB 10 - 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 and the Missouri State Highway Patrol 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 refer such reports to the Missouri Highway Patrol, which shall initiate investigations into such reports. Upon the request of the prosecuting attorney, the Attorney General may aid such prosecuting attorney in prosecuting violations referred by the Commission.

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)

Upon notification by the Commission or a law enforcement agency of possession of an illegal gambling device, the Supervisor of Liquor Control shall suspend or revoke such person's license on such terms and conditions as the Supervisor deems appropriate, provided such person shall be given ten days to remove the illegal gambling device from the premises prior to the suspension or revocation of a license. The Supervisor of Liquor Control shall not be required to give a person such ten days period upon a second or subsequent notification of a violation. (Section 311.680)

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 devices 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 activity involving an illegal gambling device shall result in the automatic and permanent revocation of a lottery game retailer license. (Section 313.255)

This act modifies the definitions of "gambling device" and "slot machine" for the purposes of provisions of law relating to the prosecution of illegal gambling. (Section 572.010)

This act defines the terms "net proceeds", "raffle" or "sweepstakes", and "sponsor" for the purposes of Article III, Section 39(f) of the Missouri Constitution authorizing charitable and religious organizations to sponsor raffles or sweepstakes. (Section 572.015)

This act shall become effective July 1, 2021.

This act is substantially similar to SCS/SB 530 (2020), SB 557 (2020), and SCS/SB 431 (2019), and to provisions contained in SS#3/SCS/SB 44 (2019).

JOSH NORBERG