CHAPTER 226
DIVISION OF SPECIAL REVENUE AND GAMING POLICY BOARD

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Sec. 12-557e. Gaming Policy Board; powers and duties.
Sec. 12-564. Annual reports. Studies.
Sec. 12-574c. Licensing moratorium. Exceptions.

      Sec. 12-557e. Gaming Policy Board; powers and duties. The Gaming Policy Board shall work in cooperation with the Division of Special Revenue to implement and administer the provisions of this chapter, chapters 226b and 229a and sections 7-169 to 7-186, inclusive. In carrying out its duties the board shall be responsible for: (1) Approving, suspending or revoking licenses issued under subsection (a) of section 12-574; (2) approving contracts for facilities, goods, components or services necessary to carry out the provisions of section 12-572; (3) setting racing and jai alai meeting dates, except that the board may delegate to the executive director the authority for setting make-up performance dates within the period of a meeting set by the board; (4) imposing fines on licensees under subsection (j) of section 12-574; (5) approving the types of pari-mutuel betting to be permitted; (6) advising the executive director concerning the conduct of off-track betting facilities; (7) assisting the executive director in developing regulations to carry out the provisions of this chapter, chapters 226b and 229a and sections 7-169 to 7-186, inclusive, and approving such regulations prior to their adoption; (8) hearing all appeals taken under subsection (k) of section 7-169, subsection (h) of section 7-169h, subsection (c) of section 7-181, subsection (j) of section 12-574 and section 12-815a; and (9) advising the Governor on state-wide plans and goals for legalized gambling.

      (P.A. 79-404, S. 8, 45; P.A. 80-133, S. 2, 10; P.A. 85-11, S. 1, 2; P.A. 96-212, S. 24, 32; P.A. 97-277, S. 7, 13; P.A. 04-256, S. 4; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 39.)

      History: P.A. 80-133 changed references to Subsecs. in Sec. 12-574, Substituting "(a)" for "(b)" and "(j)" for "(d)" and "(e)"; P.A. 85-11 amended Subdiv. (3), permitting the board to delegate to the executive director the authority for setting make-up performance dates; P.A. 96-212 deleted reference to Sec. 12-568 in Subdiv. (2), repealed elsewhere in the act, and to the conduct of state lotteries in Subdiv. (6), effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-277 made technical changes in Subdiv. (7) and inserted reference to new Sec. 12-802b in Subdiv. (8), effective June 26, 1997; P.A. 04-256 required board to implement and administer provisions of chapter 229a and Secs. 7-169 to 7-186, inclusive, and assist executive director in developing regulations to carry out provisions of said chapter and sections and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 replaced reference to Sec. 12-802b with reference to Sec. 12-815a in Subdiv. (8), effective June 30, 2005.

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      Sec. 12-564. Annual reports. Studies. (a) The executive director shall make an annual report in writing to the Governor as provided in section 4-60 and shall make such additional reports as the Governor may from time to time reasonably request. The annual report shall include a statement of the receipts and disbursements of the division, a statement of the costs of administering the division, a summary of its activities, and any additional information and recommendations which the executive director may deem of value or which the Governor may request.

      (b) The executive director shall, with the advice and consent of the board, conduct studies concerning the effect of legalized gambling on the citizens of this state including, but not limited to, studies to determine the types of gambling activity engaged in by the public and the desirability of expanding, maintaining or reducing the amount of legalized gambling permitted in this state. Such studies shall be conducted as often as the executive director deems necessary, except that no studies shall be conducted before the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, and thereafter studies shall be conducted at least once every ten years. The joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to legalized gambling shall each receive a report concerning each study carried out, stating the findings of the study and the costs of conducting the study.

      (1971, P.A. 865, S. 8; P.A. 79-404, S. 15, 45; P.A. 82-294, S. 1; P.A. 96-212, S. 26, 32; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9, S. 34, 131; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 173; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 79-404 substituted "executive director" and "division" for "commission" where appropriate, specified that report include administration costs and advertising costs and added Subsec. (b) re conduct of studies of legalized gambling; P.A. 82-294 amended Subsec. (b) to increase from two to five years the maximum time period between studies on the effects of legalized gambling; P.A. 96-212 amended Subsec. (a) to delete reference to advertising budget, effective July 1, 1996; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9 amended Subsec. (b) to require the executive director to conduct a study at least every seven years, rather than every five years, effective July 1, 2001; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (b) by making a technical change and providing for a study to be conducted at least every ten years, rather than every seven years, effective August 20, 2003; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that no studies shall be conducted before the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, and thereafter studies shall be conducted at least once every ten years, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 12-574c. Licensing moratorium. Exceptions. (a) The Division of Special Revenue or the Gaming Policy Board shall not issue a license authorizing any person, firm, corporation or association to conduct horse racing, dog racing or jai alai events.

      (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the division or the board may renew any license issued prior to May 23, 1979, or issue such a license to a currently operating facility.

      (c) (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the division or the board may, on or after July 5, 1991, issue one additional license authorizing a person or business organization to conduct dog racing to a person or business organization holding a license to conduct jai alai events or to the successor of such business organization upon the surrender of the license to conduct jai alai events. (2) No license issued pursuant to this subsection shall provide for the operation of any dog race track prior to October 1, 1992, unless the licensee agrees to fully reimburse the state for all costs associated with the licensing and operation of such track prior to June 30, 1992.

      (d) No licensee shall move any horse race track, dog race track or jai alai fronton to any municipality other than the municipality in which such facility was located on July 5, 1991.

      (P.A. 79-309, S. 1, 2; P.A. 81-46, S. 3, 4; P.A. 83-14, S. 3, 4; P.A. 85-14, S. 3, 4; P.A. 87-528, S. 3, 4; P.A. 89-282, S. 3, 5; P.A. 91-309, S. 5, 10; 91-366, S. 3, 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-17, S. 32, 59; May 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1, S. 117, 130; P.A. 05-288, S. 54.)

      History: P.A. 81-46 extended the moratorium to June 30, 1983; P.A. 83-14 extended the moratorium to June 30, 1985; P.A. 85-14 extended moratorium to June 30, 1987; P.A. 87-528 extended the moratorium to June 30, 1989, and deleted references to "commission on special revenue" and "any successor agency with similar licensing powers", substituting division of special revenue and the gaming policy board in lieu thereof; P.A. 89-282 extended the moratorium to June 30, 1991; P.A. 91-309 added new Subsecs. (c) and (d), permitting division or board, on or after July 5, 1991, to issue one additional license authorizing conduct of dog racing to person or business organization holding a license to conduct jai alai events upon surrender of license to conduct jai alai events, and prohibiting licensee from moving any horse or dog track or fronton to any municipality other than the municipality in which facility was located on July 5, 1991; P.A. 91-366 extended the moratorium to June 30, 1993; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-17 removed the date for the expiration of the moratorium but allowed the division or board to issue a license to a currently operating facility; May 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1 amended Subdiv. (1) of Subsec. (c) to authorize issuance of one additional license to conduct dog racing to the successor of a business organization holding a license to conduct jai alai events, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 05-288 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 13, 2005.

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