Bill Text: HI SB896 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating To Generation Of State Revenues.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-24 - Referred to GVO/HMS/EDU, JDC/WAM. [SB896 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2019-SB896-Introduced.html

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

896

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

Relating To Generation of State Revenues.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that Hawaii consistently places in the bottom half of state education rankings and it has the highest rate of homelessness of any state in the nation.  Education and homeless programs are in dire need of funding but to replenish the general fund and provide education and homeless programs the financial support they need, has become a tremendous challenge for the State.  Thus, to provide adequate funding for those causes, additional sources of income for the State are required.

     The purpose of this Act is to establish a division within the department of budget and finance to oversee Hawaii participation in the Powerball and Mega Millions multistate lottery games and to allocate income from those games to education, homeless programs, and the general fund.

     SECTION 2.  The Hawaii Revised Statutes is amended by adding a new chapter to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"Chapter

Lottery

     §   -1  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

     "Director" means the executive director of the state lottery division.

     "Division" or "state lottery division" means the Hawaii state lottery division established by this chapter and placed within the department of budget and finance.

     "Lottery" or "state lottery" means the lottery authorized and operated pursuant to this chapter, which shall be limited to the Powerball and Mega Millions games.

     §   -2  Hawaii state lottery division created; executive director; appointment.  (a)  There is established within the department of budget and finance a Hawaii state lottery division.

     (b)  The governor shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the senate, an executive director of the division who shall be a person qualified by training and experience to administer the state lottery.  The executive director shall:

     (1)  Serve a term concurrent with that of the governor; and

     (2)  At the discretion of the governor, undergo a performance review every two years, which shall be provided to the legislature.

     (c)  Effective July 1, 2019, the director shall be paid a salary set at eighty-seven per cent of the salary of the director of human resources development.  The director shall be exempt from chapters 76 and 89 but shall be a member of the state employees' retirement system and shall be eligible to receive benefits of any state and federal employee benefits program generally applicable to officers and employees of the State, including those under chapter 87A.

     (d)  The director shall devote the director's entire time and attention to the administration of the state lottery and shall not be engage in any other profession or occupation.

     (e)  The director may employ persons not subject to chapters 76 and 78 to perform and execute the duties imposed by this chapter.

     (f)  The director shall not have a pecuniary interest in any contract or agreement to which the division is a party.

     §  -3  Division; director; powers and duties.  (a)  The director shall supervise and administer the operation of the lottery in accordance with this chapter and the rules adopted under this chapter.

     (b)  The director shall adopt rules in accordance with chapter 91.  Rules adopted by the director shall include provisions relating to the following:

     (1)  Participation in the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games;

     (2)  The price of lottery tickets sold, if necessary, and the method to be used in selling lottery tickets; provided that sales of lottery tickets on the Internet are prohibited;

     (3)  The type or types of locations at which lottery tickets may be sold;

     (4)  The licensing of agents to sell or distribute lottery tickets including but not limited to:

          (A)  Establishing a license application process;

          (B)  Establishing a license fee and license renewal fee structure;

          (C)  Prohibiting persons under the age of eighteen from obtaining a license and prohibiting any person who engages exclusively in the business of selling lottery tickets from obtaining a license; and

          (D)  A complaints review process which may result in the director denying, suspending, or revoking a license, after notice and hearing, for cause.

     (5)  How license fees shall be collected for deposit into the state lottery revolving fund created under section    ‑15;

     (6)  Ensuring that in each place authorized to sell lottery tickets and in any advertising or promotion there shall be conspicuously displayed an estimate of the probability of winning;

     (7)  The manner and amount of compensation, if any, to be paid to licensed sales agents necessary to provide for the adequate availability of lottery tickets to prospective buyers and for the convenience of the public;

     (8)  The manner of payment of prizes to the holders of winning lottery tickets; and

     (9)  Matters necessary or desirable for the efficient and economical operation and administration of the lottery and the division.

     (c)  Each quarter, the director shall certify to the director of finance a full and complete statement of lottery revenues, the value of prize disbursements, and expenses for the preceding quarter.

     §   -4  Licenses non-transferable.  No license issued by the director to sell or distribute lottery tickets shall be assignable or transferable.

     §   -5  Lottery redemption agents.  The director may retain lottery redemption agents to perform functions, activities, or services in connection with the operation of the lottery, including direct payment of prizes not exceeding $5,000, as the director deems advisable pursuant to this chapter and the rules adopted under this chapter.  The director may make arrangements for payment of reasonable fees for those services.

     §   -6  Sale at unauthorized price or by unauthorized person; violation.  (a)  No person shall sell a lottery ticket at a price other than that fixed by rule.  No person other than a licensed lottery sales agent or any employee of a licensed lottery sales agent acting within the scope of the employee's employment shall sell lottery tickets.  This section shall not prohibit a person from giving lottery tickets to another person as a gift.

     (b)  Persons who violate this section shall, for each ticket sold, pay a fine equal to the difference in the price charged for the lottery ticket and the price fixed by rule, to be deposited into the lottery revolving fund established by section    ‑15.  The director may impose additional penalties pursuant to section (e).

     (c)  Any person who knowingly conducts any activity for which a license is required by this chapter or by rule, without the required license, shall pay a fine equal to five times the total of the profits made from the prohibited activity, which shall be deposited into the state lottery revolving fund, and shall be required to perform community service.  The amount of community service shall not be less than ten hours or more than one hundred hours.

     (d)  Any person that purchases a lottery ticket from an unlicensed vendor shall still be entitled to any prizes they may win.

     (e)  The director shall adopt rules to establish penalties for a licensed agent who violates the division's rules or this chapter; provided that the penalties for a subsequent violation within any twelve-month period shall be more severe than the penalty for a prior violation.

     §   -7  Sale to persons using state-issued electronic benefits transfer cards; violation.  (a)  No licensed lottery sales agent shall sell a lottery ticket to a person using a public assistance voucher issued by any public entity or an electronic benefits transfer card issued by the department of human services to purchase a lottery ticket.

     (b)  No licensed lottery sales agent shall sell a lottery ticket during the same transaction in which a person uses either a public assistance voucher issued by any public entity or an electronic benefits transfer card issued by the department of human services.

     §   -8  Prosecution; payment of costs.  (a)  The attorney general and the prosecuting attorneys of the affected county shall have concurrent jurisdiction over any offenses arising out of or in connection with the formation, management, operation, or conduct of the state lottery.

     (b)  The director shall include, as an expense of the division, all costs incurred by the attorney general or a prosecuting attorney as a result of prosecution of a person pursuant to subsection (a).  The director shall authorize reimbursement of prosecution costs on presentation of a certified invoice signed by the attorney general or a prosecuting attorney.

     (c)  As used in this section, "prosecution costs" may include but are not limited to costs for personnel, expenses, fees, and other costs necessary in the preparation and prosecution of a person pursuant to subsection (a).

     §   -9  Sales to minors prohibited; exception; penalties.  (a)  A lottery ticket shall not be sold to any person under the age of eighteen; provided that this section shall not be deemed to prohibit the purchase of a ticket by a person eighteen years of age or older for the purpose of making a gift to a person younger than the age of eighteen.

     (b)  Any licensed lottery sales agent who knowingly sells or offers to sell a lottery ticket to any person under the age of eighteen shall forfeit their license to sell or distribute lottery tickets for a period of one year.

     §   -10  Payment of prizes to minor.  If the person entitled to a prize is under the age of eighteen and the prize is less than $1,000, the director may pay the prize to an adult member of the minor's family or a guardian of the minor by a check or draft payable to the order of the minor.  If the prize is $1,000 or more, the director shall pay the minor by depositing the amount of the prize in any bank to the credit of an adult member of the minor's family or a guardian of the minor as a custodian for the minor.  The director shall be discharged of all further liability upon payment of a prize to a minor pursuant to this section.

     §   -11  Right to prize not assignable; exceptions.  (a)  The right of any person to a prize shall not be assignable; provided that:

     (1)  Payment of any prize drawn or the remainder of any annuity purchased may be paid to any of the following:

          (A)  The estate of a deceased prize winner;

          (B)  The beneficiary of a deceased prize winner; or

          (C)  A person pursuant to an appropriate judicial order;

     (2)  Payments to winners in an amount of $1,000 or more shall be subject to setoff pursuant to section    ‑17; and

     (3)  If a voluntary assignment occurs, the remainder of any annuity, or a portion of the remainder of the annuity may be assigned by a prize winner pursuant to an appropriate judicial order if all of the following conditions are met:

          (A)  The prize winner provides an affidavit to the court to the effect that the affiant is of sound mind, not acting under duress, and has received independent financial and tax advice concerning the assignment;

          (B)  The prize winner pays the assignee a lump sum under the assignment agreement for all amounts that are due to the prize winner on or before the date that the assignment takes effect; and

          (C)  The parties to the assignment pay a fee, to be determined by the director, to the division to defray the expenses incurred by the division in processing the assignment.  Moneys collected by the division pursuant to this subparagraph shall be deposited in the state lottery revolving fund established by section    -15.

     (b)  On receipt of a court order that meets the requirements of subsection (a)(3), the director shall make the voluntary assignment.

     (c)  The director shall be discharged of all further liability upon payment of a prize pursuant to this section.

     §   -12  Disposition of revenue.  (a)  All annual revenues accruing from the sale of lottery tickets or shares and from all other sources, unless otherwise specified, shall be deposited in the state lottery revolving fund established by section    -15 to be expended for the following:

     (1)  The payment of costs incurred in the operation and administration of the lottery, including the expenses of the division and the costs resulting from any contract or contracts entered into for consulting or operational services;

     (2)  Independent audits, which shall be performed annually in addition to the audits required by section    -19;

     (3)  Payment of compensation to licensed lottery sales agents necessary to provide for the adequate availability of lottery tickets or services to prospective buyers and for the convenience of the public;

     (4)  The payment of reasonable fees to lottery redemption agents as authorized by section    -5; and

     (5)  The purchase or lease of lottery equipment, lottery tickets, and materials.

     (b)  Funds necessary to participate in the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games shall be deposited in the state lottery prize revolving fund established by section    ‑17 for payment of prizes to the holders of winning lottery tickets or for the purposes provided for in section    ‑13.

     (c)  All other revenues accruing from the sale of lottery tickets shall be deposited in the state lottery revolving fund established by section    ‑15 to be used as specified by section    ‑16.

     (d)  Revenues expended under subsection (a) shall be subject to legislative appropriation.

     §   -13  Disposition of unclaimed prize money.  Unclaimed prize money for the prize on a winning lottery ticket shall be retained for the person entitled to the prize for one hundred eighty days after the drawing in which the prize was won.  If a claim is not made for the money within the applicable period, the money shall be evenly split between the department of human services, for housing and sheltering the homeless, and the department of education.

     §   -14  Deposit of moneys received by agents from sales; power of director; reports.  The director, in the director's discretion, may require any or all licensed lottery sales agents to deposit to the credit of the lottery revolving fund in banks designated by the director of finance, all moneys received by those agents from the sale of lottery tickets, less the amount, if any, retained as compensation for the sale of the lottery tickets, and to file with the director reports of their receipts and transactions in the sale of lottery tickets in a form and containing the information as the director may require.  The director may make any arrangements for any person, including a bank, to perform any functions, activities, or services in connection with the operation of the lottery as the director may deem advisable pursuant to this chapter and the rules of the division.

     §   -15  State lottery revolving fund.  There is established in the state treasury the state lottery revolving fund consisting of all revenues received from the sale of lottery tickets, fees, or penalties, if any, charged pursuant to this chapter and all other moneys credited or transferred from any other fund or source pursuant to statute, with the exception of those moneys set aside for payment of prizes and deposited as provided in section    -17.

     §   -16  Use of moneys in state lottery revolving fund; report.  (a)  The moneys in the state lottery revolving fund shall be expended by the director for the expenses of the division incurred in carrying out its powers and duties and in the operation of the lottery.

     (b)  Any unexpended moneys remaining in the state lottery revolving fund shall be distributed as follows:

     (1)  Fifty per cent shall be distributed to the department of education;

     (2)  Twenty-five per cent shall be distributed to the department of human services for the housing or sheltering of the homeless; and

     (3)  Twenty-five per cent shall be deposited into the general fund.

     §   -17  State lottery prize revolving fund; setoff for state debts; notification to department of human services.  (a)  There is established in the state treasury the state lottery prize revolving fund.  That portion of the gross proceeds of lottery ticket sales set aside for prizes as necessary for participation in Mega Millions and Powerball lottery games, shall be deposited, pursuant to chapter 38, to the credit of the state lottery prize revolving fund as the division receives those proceeds and shall be available to the director for payment of prizes to the holders of winning lottery tickets or for the purposes provided in section    -13.  Procedures for payments to winners from the revolving fund shall be established by rule.  Notwithstanding any rule to the contrary, transfers or payment to or from the state lottery prize revolving fund, and deposits into the state lottery prize revolving fund, shall not be subject to appropriation by the legislature.

     (b)  Payments to winners that are payable by the director or lottery redemption agents pursuant to this section in an amount of $1,000 or more shall be subject to setoff under section    -18.

     (c)  The department of human services shall reimburse the division for the cost of providing any information the department requests.

     §   -18  Prizes; setoff for debts to state agencies; definitions.  (a)  The director shall establish a liability setoff program by which state lottery prize payments pursuant to section    -17 may be used to satisfy debts that a person owes the State.  The program shall comply with the standards and requirements described in this section.

     (b)  If a person owes an agency a debt, an agency may notify the director, providing at a minimum the state agency or program identifier; the first name, last name, middle initial, and social security number of the debtor; and the amount of the debt.  This information shall be in a form prescribed by the director.  Each agency shall certify the information and update the information monthly.  No information shall be transmitted by the department of taxation to the director if the transmission would violate section 231-1.5.

     (c)  The director shall match the information submitted by the agency with persons who are entitled to a state lottery prize payment in an amount of $1,000 or more.  If there is a match, the director shall set off the amount of the debt from the prize due and notify the person of the person's right to appeal to the appropriate court, or to request a review by the agency pursuant to agency rule.  The person shall make the request or appeal within thirty days after the setoff.  If the setoff accounts for only a portion of the prize due, the remainder of the prize shall be paid to the person.  The director shall promptly transfer the setoff, less the amount of the division's fee, to the agency.

     (d)  If a person requests a review by the agency or provides the agency with proof that an appeal has been taken to the appropriate court within thirty days after the setoff and it is determined that the setoff was made in error under this section, the agency shall reimburse the person with the interest as determined pursuant to section 478-2.

     (e)  The basis for a request for review shall not include the validity of the claim if its validity has been established at an agency hearing, by judicial review in a court of competent jurisdiction, or by final administrative decision, and shall state with specificity why the person claims the obligation does not exist or why the amount of the obligation is incorrect.

     (f)  The director may prescribe a fee to be collected from each agency utilizing the setoff procedure.  The amount of the fee shall reasonably reflect the actual cost of the service provided.

     (g)  If more than one agency has one or more delinquent accounts for the same person, and the prize is insufficient to satisfy the debt owed to each agency or for each account, the director shall apportion the prize equally among them; provided that a setoff to the department of human services for overdue support shall have priority over all other setoffs.

     (h)  If the prize is insufficient to satisfy the entire debt, the remainder of the debt may be collected by an agency as provided by law or resubmitted for setoff against any other prize awarded.

     (i)  An agency shall not enter into an agreement with a debtor for the assignment of any prospective prize to the agency in satisfaction of the debt.

     (j)  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

     "Agency" means a department, agency, board, commission, or institution of the State.  "Agency" also means an entity under contract with the State that provides a service that would otherwise be provided by a department, agency, board, commission, or institution of the State if:

     (1)  The contract specifically authorizes participation in the liability setoff program;

     (2)  The department of the attorney general has reviewed the contract and approves of the authorization; and

     (3)  The participation in the liability setoff program is limited to debts related to the services the entity provides for or on behalf of the State.

     "Debt" means an amount of over $100 owed to an agency by a person and may include interest, penalties, charges, costs, fees, or any other amount.  "Debt" also includes moneys owed by a person for overdue support and referred to the department of human services for collection.

     "Overdue support" means a delinquency in court-ordered payments for support or maintenance of a child or for spousal maintenance to the parent with whom the child is living if child support is also being enforced pursuant to an assignment or application fee filed under title 42 United States Code section 654(6).

     §   -19  Audit of accounts.  The certified public accountant hired to perform the annual audit under section    ‑12(a)(2) shall conduct postaudits of all accounts and transactions of the division for twelve lottery games per year.  The certified public accountant conducting an audit under this chapter shall have access and authority to examine any and all records of the division, its lottery redemption agents, and its licensed lottery sales agents.

     §   -20  Lottery commencement.  A lottery shall be conducted no later than July 1, 2020."

     SECTION 3.  Section 712-1220, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending the definition of "gambling" to read as follows:

     ""Gambling".  A person engages in gambling if he stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under his control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that he or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.  Gambling does not include:  lottery tickets and other items used in playing the Powerball or Mega Millions lottery schemes as overseen by the Hawaii state lottery division pursuant to chapter    ; bona fide business transactions valid under the law of contracts, including but not limited to contracts for the purchase or sale at a future date of securities or commodities[,]; and agreements to compensate for loss caused by the happening of chance, including but not limited to contracts of indemnity or guaranty and life, health, or accident insurance."

     SECTION 4.  There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1,200,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the operations of the Hawaii state lottery division established pursuant to section 2 of this Act.

     The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of budget and finance for the purposes of this Act.

     SECTION 5.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 6.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Mega Millions; Powerball; State Lottery; Department of Budget and Finance

 

Description:

Creates a state lottery division within the department of budget and finance with rulemaking authority to implement a state lottery limited to the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games.  Allocates lottery profits to education, homeless programs, and the general fund.  Creates lottery and lottery prizes revolving funds.  Appropriates funds.

 

 

 

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