Bill Summary for H 130 (2019-2020)

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Mar 20 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 130 (Public) Filed Wednesday, February 20, 2019
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO OPERATE "GAME NIGHTS," TO PROVIDE FOR THE REGULATION OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS HOLDING "GAME NIGHTS," AND TO ALLOW THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT "GAME NIGHTS."
Intro. by Boles, Lucas, Saine, Floyd.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition. 

Amends GS 14-309.27 to require that a game night permit application be submitted to the Alcohol Law Enforcement Headquarters (was, to the central office or to the Alcohol Law enforcement district office with jurisdiction over the qualified facility agreeing to host the event). 

Amends GS 14-309.29 by adding that for purposes of the provision governing prizes that may be awarded, the term "cash prize" includes gift cards that are issued by a financial institution or its operating subsidiary and that are usable at multiple unaffiliated sellers of goods or services. Makes organizational changes. Makes conforming changes to GS 14-309.34.

Amends GS 14-309.35 by adding to the conditions that must be met in order for gaming tables and equipment possessed or transported under new Part 4 to not be subject to seizure to require that they be used solely in game night events in addition to being registered. Decreases the fee for the gaming equipment sticker from $50 to $25. Adds that the Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch may inspect, without notice, any gaming table or other gaming equipment used in a game night event at any time immediately prior to or during the game night event. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to use a gaming table or equipment in a game night event that does not comply with the registration requirements (was, possess or transport a gaming table or equipment that violates the registration requirement was a Class 1 misdemeanor).

Amends GS 14-309.36 to require a game night vendor permit application be submitted to the Alcohol Law Enforcement Headquarters (was, to the central office). Increases the permit fee from $1,000 to $2,500; expands the allowable uses of the fee to include ensuring compliance with the statute (governing the permit procedure for game night vendors). Allows denial of a game night vendor permit to a person, firm, or corporation that (1) has a conviction for any violation of state or federal gambling laws within the five years prior to the date of application, (2) has pending charges for any violation of state or federal gambling laws, (3) is subject to an active criminal or civil court order prohibiting involvement in gambling activities, or (4) has a conviction for a felony. Expands upon the classes of individuals that a game night vendor permittee may not employ to also include a person who (1) has a conviction for any violation of state or federal gambling laws within the five years prior to the date of employment, (2) has pending charges for any violation of state or federal gambling laws, or (3) is subject to an active criminal or civil court order prohibiting involvement in gambling activities. Adds a requirement that the Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch inspect gaming tables and equipment of each game night vendor at least four times per calendar year and allows additional inspections reasonably necessary to ensure compliance with registration and permit requirements. Sets out additional requirements for the inspections. 

Enacts new GS 14-309.37 specifying that nothing in the Part authorizes the possession, transportation, or use of any slot machine, video gaming machine, or electronic machine or device prohibited under GS 14-304 through 14-309. 

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