AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE AND REGULATE SPORTS WAGERING IN NORTH CAROLINA.
Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.
Revises proposed Article 9, Sports Wagering, of GS Chapter 18C as follows.
Regarding the grounds for the suspension or termination of a registered player's interactive account by the interactive sports wagering operator for any other reason not specified by the Article at the sole discretion of the operator, now limits the authority of the operator by requiring that the reason for suspending or terminating the player's account not be in violation of state and federal law, rather than requiring that the reason not be on the basis of a registered player's actual or believed sex, gender identity, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or other lawfully protected characteristic. Makes technical corrections. Corrects a statutory cross-reference in GS 18C-920.
Now allows the NC State Lottery Commission to accept and issue applications for licensure in accordance with the Article in order that licensees may begin operations on January 1, 2022 (was, with licenses becoming effective October 1, 2021). Previously required selecting the applicants that will maximize revenue to the State while preserving the integrity of sports wagering and ensuring accountability and preserving the public trust in licensed sports wagering activities, if more than 12 completed applications are received. Now additionally requires notifying the selected applicants by December 1, 2021. Bars licenses issued by the Commission from becoming effective prior to January 1, 2022, but allows notified licensees to establish structure and operations to begin sports wagering on January 1, 2022. Changes the act's effective date from October 1, 2021, to January 1, 2022, except as otherwise previously provided.