CHAPTER 226

GAMING POLICY, REGULATION AND REVENUE

Table of Contents

Sec. 12-571. Sale of off-track betting systems. Regulation of off-track betting systems.

Sec. 12-572b. Advance deposit wagers. Penalties.

Sec. 12-578h. Payments from municipal gaming account to municipalities.


Sec. 12-571. Sale of off-track betting systems. Regulation of off-track betting systems. (a) The Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall enter into negotiations with a person or business organization for the award of a contract of sale of the off-track betting system including, but not limited to, the assets and liabilities of the system and the right to operate the system. Such contract of sale shall authorize the purchaser of the system to establish and conduct a system of off-track betting on races held within or without the state pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. All proceeds derived from such sale shall be deposited as provided in section 39 of public act 93-332*. Until the effective date of transfer of ownership of the off-track betting system, the commissioner shall establish and conduct systems of off-track betting on races held within or without the state pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

(b) It is hereby declared that off-track betting on races conducted under the administration or regulatory authority of the department in the manner and subject to the conditions of this chapter shall be lawful notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, general, special or municipal, including any law prohibiting or restricting lotteries, bookmaking or any other kind of gambling, it being the purpose of this chapter to derive from such betting, as authorized by this chapter, a reasonable revenue for the support of state government and to prevent and curb unlawful bookmaking and illegal betting on races.

(c) Until the effective date of transfer of ownership of the off-track betting system, the commissioner shall adopt rules and regulations, consistent with this chapter, establishing and governing the permitted method or methods of operation of the system of off-track betting.

(d) For the purposes of this section, the effective date of transfer of ownership of the off-track betting system was June 30, 1993.

(1971, P.A. 865, S. 15; 1972, P.A. 187, S. 7; P.A. 79-404, S. 21, 45; P.A. 93-332, S. 29, 42; P.A. 11-51, S. 182; P.A. 13-299, S. 66; P.A. 19-117, S. 358.)

*Note: Section 39 of public act 93-332 is special in nature and therefore has not been codified but remains in full force and effect according to its terms.

History: 1972 act did not change section; P.A. 79-404 replaced “commission” with “executive director” and “division” as appropriate and required advice and consent of gaming policy board in adoption of rules and regulations; P.A. 93-332 amended section to authorize the division of special revenue to enter into negotiations for the sale of the off-track betting system, effective June 25, 1993; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “executive director of the Division of Special Revenue”, “executive director” and “division” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Consumer Protection”, “commissioner” and “department”, respectively, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 13-299 amended Subsec. (b) to delete provision re advice and consent of the Gaming Policy Board, effective July 1, 2013; P.A. 19-117 designated existing provision re declaration as new Subsec. (b), redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (c), and added Subsec. (d) re effective date of transfer of ownership of off-track betting system.

Sec. 12-572b. Advance deposit wagers. Penalties. (a) For the purposes of this section, “advance deposit wager” means an off-track betting wager on racing events by means of telephone or other electronic means. Any advance deposit wager that originates or is placed from within the boundaries of the state shall be considered to be a wager made exclusively in the state.

(b) (1) No person or business organization, other than the authorized operator of the off-track betting system, shall conduct off-track betting in the state or accept off-track betting wagers or advance deposit wagers originating or placed from within the boundaries of the state.

(2) A violation of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be an unfair trade practice pursuant to subsection (a) of section 42-110b and any person or business organization that violates the provisions of said subdivision shall be further subject to the penalty for professional gambling, as provided in subsection (b) of section 53-278b, and for transmission of gambling information, as provided in subsection (a) of section 53-278d.

(P.A. 19-117, S. 359.)

Sec. 12-578h. Payments from municipal gaming account to municipalities. (a) There is established an account to be known as the “municipal gaming account” which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund established by section 3-55i. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. Moneys in the account shall be expended by the Office of Policy and Management for the purpose of providing annual grants pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

(b) On and after the date the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management finds that a minimum of seven million five hundred thousand dollars has been deposited in the municipal gaming account pursuant to subsection (c) of section 12-578g, the Office of Policy and Management shall provide an annual grant of seven hundred fifty thousand dollars to each of the following municipalities: Bridgeport, East Hartford, Ellington, Enfield, Hartford, New Haven, Norwalk, South Windsor, Waterbury, West Hartford, Windsor and Windsor Locks. The amount of the grant payable to each municipality during any fiscal year shall be reduced proportionately if the total of such grants exceeds the amount of funds available for such year.

(P.A. 17-89, S. 16; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2, S. 34; P.A. 19-117, S. 71.)

History: P.A. 17-89 effective June 27, 2017; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2 amended Subsec. (b) by replacing “four” with “seven” re amount deposited in municipal gaming account and adding provision re annual grant to certain municipalities, effective October 31, 2017; P.A. 19-117 amended Subsec. (b) to add references to West Hartford and Windsor, effective July 1, 2019.