Bill Text: IN HB1015 | 2019 | Regular Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Various gaming matters. Authorizes sports wagering at riverboats, racinos, a Vigo County casino, and satellite facilities. Provides for the administration and conduct of sports wagering. Imposes initial and annual fees on a licensed owner, operating agent, vendor, or permit holder conducting sports wagering. Imposes initial and annual licensing fees on vendors conducting sports wagering. Specifies that a vendor contracting with a certificate holder has the same authority to conduct sports wagering as the certificate holder. Provides that the Indiana gaming commission (IGC) may issue a temporary certificate of authority or a temporary license to conduct business under certain circumstances. Requires the IGC to deposit vendor license application fees in the sports wagering fund. Requires the IGC to deposit sports wagering service provider license application fees in the sports wagering fund. Sets forth duties for the IGC concerning: (1) sports wagering; and (2) granting certain gambling licenses. Requires the IGC to adopt administrative rules. Specifies that the IGC may act upon information received from a sports governing body in considering requests to prohibit wagering on particular events or to prohibit making wagers of a particular type. Establishes a sports wagering service provider license. Provides that certain items must be acquired from a person that holds a supplier's license or a sports wagering service provider license. Provides that certain services must be obtained from a person holding a sports wagering service provider license. Specifies that required background checks apply to employees engaged in activities related to sports wagering. Specifies permissible sports wagering wagers. Prohibits wagering on e-sports. Provides the process for withholding delinquent child support from sports wagering winnings. Imposes a sports wagering tax of 9.5% on adjusted gross receipts received from sports wagering. Requires 3.33% of the tax revenue received to be deposited in the addiction services fund. Provides that the Gary riverboat may transfer to an inland location if the licensed owner: (1) submits a request to relocate; and (2) pays a $20,000,000 fee. Caps the maximum number of gambling games that may be offered at a Gary casino. Requires the licensed owner of the relocated Gary casino to pay an additional fee of $20,000,000 if: (1) gaming operations are relocated; and (2) the licensed owner sells or transfers the owner's interest in the owner's license within five years of relocation. Requires the licensed owner of the relocated Gary casino to: (1) offer each employee at the riverboat a similar position at the inland casino; and (2) consider hiring and training individuals laid off from the riverboat in East Chicago before considering other applicants. Provides that if a request to relocate the Gary riverboat is submitted, the IGC shall accept applications and proposals to award an owner's license to operate an inland casino in Vigo County. Requires a license fee for the owner's license to operate in Vigo County in the amount of $5,000,000. Requires the fee for the Vigo County casino license to be deposited in the state general fund. Requires a licensed owner conducting gaming operations in Vigo County to make certain payments to the City of Evansville. Provides that a person may not have an ownership interest in more than six of any combination of: (1) riverboat licenses; and (2) gambling game licenses. Reduces the graduated wagering tax on gambling games at racinos and the wagering tax on gambling games at riverboats. Provides that beginning with state fiscal years after June 30, 2021, a licensed owner or racino may not deduct more than $9,000,000 from adjusted gross receipts from wagering on gambling games. Distributes wagering tax revenue from a riverboat located in a historic hotel district to the West Baden Springs historic hotel preservation and maintenance fund beginning in 2021. Provides that wagering taxes for the Gary relocated casino continue to be imposed as if two riverboats were in operation for four years. Provides that East Chicago, Hammond, and Michigan City may receive supplemental payments from wagering tax distributions that would otherwise be paid to Gary if certain conditions are met. Provides that the IGC shall approve wagering on table games at a racino beginning January 1, 2020. Makes technical corrections and other changes to conform with recent changes to the riverboat law.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2019-05-08 - Public Law 293 [HB1015 Detail]

Download: Indiana-2019-HB1015-Enrolled.pdf
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