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Sunset Division Of Gaming

Concerning the continuation of the division of gaming in the department of revenue, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2021 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
2022 Regular Session
Gaming, Lottery, & Racing
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies in its sunset review and report on the division of gaming (division) in the department of revenue. Specifically:

  • Sections 1 and 2 of the bill implement a portion of recommendation 1 of the report by continuing the division for 11 years, until 2033;
  • Sections 1 and 3 implement a portion of recommendation 1 by continuing the regulation of sports betting by the division for 5 years, until 2027;
  • Section 4 Section 3 implements recommendation 2 by allowing the Colorado limited gaming control commission (commission) to delegate licensing duties to the division;
  • Sections 5 and 6 Sections 4 and 5 implement recommendation 3 by changing the minimum age for a casino employee from 21 years of age to 18 years of age;
  • Sections 7 and 8 Sections 6 and 7 implement recommendation 4 by designating the department of revenue's hearings division to conduct hearings under the "Fantasy Contests Act";
  • Section 9 Section 8 implements recommendation 5 by repealing the requirement that internationally based internet sports betting personnel submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history record check; and
  • Sections 10 through 14 Sections 9 through 13 implement recommendation 6 by subjecting payments of sports bet winnings to the "Gambling Payment Intercept Act".

Additionally, section 14 empowers the commission to determine whether persons that are not licensed by the commission to conduct sports betting or limited gaming operations are offering to one or more members of the public, in any city, town, city and county, or county:

  • Unlicensed sports betting operations;
  • Unlicensed internet sports betting operations; or
  • Unlicensed establishments that allow the use of equipment or devices that qualify as slot machines or are used to play roulette or craps.

Section 15 prohibits a person from offering sports betting or one or more games, authorized as "limited gaming", to the public without possessing the required license from the commission to conduct:

  • Sports betting operations;
  • Internet sports betting operations; or
  • Operations using equipment or devices that qualify as slot machines or are used to play roulette or craps.

Section 16 adjusts the elements of the existing offense of underage gaming and resets the penalties for the offense as follows:

  • For a first offense, a civil penalty of $500;
  • For a second offense, a civil penalty of $1,000; and
  • For a third or subsequent offense, a class 2 misdemeanor.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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