Bill Summary for S 621 (2011-2012)

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Apr 14 2011

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View NCGA Bill Details2011-2012 Session
Senate Bill 621 (Public) Filed Thursday, April 14, 2011
TO ALLOW CERTAIN RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS TO PERMIT SIMULATED GAMING ON THE LICENSED PREMISES IF THE EVENT IS A SPONSORED EVENT AND THE PERMITTEE HAS REGISTERED THE EVENT WITH THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL COMMISSION PRIOR TO THE GAMING EVENT TAKING PLACE.
Intro. by Bingham.

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Enacts new GS 18B-1010 for purposes indicated in title. Requires that ABC permittee apply to register gaming event at least 10 days in advance of the event date and pay application fee of $100. Requires ABC Commission to notify ALE Division within 24 hours of the issuance of any registration for a gaming event. Permits a natural person who is at least 21 years old or a firm or an organization to serve as the sponsor of a gaming event. Prohibits an ABC permittee from serving as the sponsor. Requires that sponsor provide chips or markers to be used by patrons at the event and prohibits the sponsor from requiring or accepting money or any other thing of value from the patron or the ABC permittee for the chips or markers. All patrons must receive the same number of chips or markers. Requires sponsor to provide one or more prizes that may be obtained by patrons only by exchanging chips or markers. Limits individual prizes to no more than $2,500 and total prizes to $10,000 per event. Requires sponsor and permittee to ensure that only invited event patrons for the event are allowed to access the gaming area or to participate in the event. Requires that gaming area be limited to a private room or other area of the facility to which the general public is not permitted. Provides that violation of GS 18B-1010 by permittee or sponsor is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Requires ABC Commission to make a report regarding the act to the 2012 Regular Session of the 2011 General Assembly. Effective October 1, 2011. Provides that prosecutions for offenses committed on or before the effective date of the act are not abated or affected.

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