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H.B. 108

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM by lerror. --> This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM by lerror. --> This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM by khelgesen. -->              1     

INTERNET GAMBLING

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Stephen E. Sandstrom

             5     
Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Criminal Code regarding the definition of gambling.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines Internet gambling; H. [ and ] .H
             13          .    clarifies that gambling, which is prohibited in Utah, includes any form of Internet
             14      gambling H. ;
             14a          . provides that any person who knowingly transmits, receives, or relays any form of
             14b      Internet or online gambling into or within this state is guilty of a class A misdemeanor; and
             14c          . [ requires ] provides that [ the governor advise the federal government of this state's
             14c1      choice to opt
             14d      out of Internet gambling
]
if any federal law authorizes Internet gambling in the states, this
             14e      state shall opt out of allowing Internet gambling by the procedure provided in the federal law;
             14f      and
             14g          . provides an exemption for an Internet service provider or hosting company, a
             14h      provider of public telecommunications services, and an Internet advertising service that is
             14i      routing or providing connections without selecting the material .H .
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18           H. [ None ] This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012. .H
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          76-10-1101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 382


             22          76-10-1102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 127
             23     
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 76-10-1101 is amended to read:
             26           76-10-1101. Definitions.
             27          As used in this part:


             28          (1) (a) "Fringe gambling" means any gambling, lottery, or video gaming device which
             29      is:
             30          (i) given, conducted, or offered for use or sale by a business in exchange for anything
             31      of value; or
             32          (ii) given away incident to the purchase of other goods or services.
             33          (b) "Fringe gambling" does not include a gambling, lottery, video gaming device, or
             34      other promotional activity which is clearly occasional and ancillary to the primary activity of
             35      the business.
             36          (2) (a) "Gambling" means risking anything of value for a return or risking anything of
             37      value upon the outcome of a contest, game, gaming scheme, or gaming device when the return
             38      or outcome:
             39          (i) is based upon an element of chance; and
             40          (ii) is in accord with an agreement or understanding that someone will receive
             41      something of value in the event of a certain outcome.
             42          (b) "Gambling" includes a lottery and fringe gambling.
             43          (c) "Gambling" does not include:
             44          (i) a lawful business transaction; or
             45          (ii) playing an amusement device that confers only an immediate and unrecorded right
             46      of replay not exchangeable for value.
             47          (3) "Gambling bet" means money, checks, credit, or any other representation of value.
             48          (4) "Gambling device or record" means anything specifically designed for use in
             49      gambling or used primarily for gambling.
             50          (5) "Gambling proceeds" means anything of value used in gambling.
             51          (6) "Internet gambling" or "online gambling" means gambling or gaming by use of:
             52          (a) the Internet; or
             53          (b) any mobile electronic device that allows access to data and information.
             54          [(6)] (7) "Lottery" means any scheme for the disposal or distribution of property by
             55      chance among persons who have paid or promised to pay any valuable consideration for the
             56      chance of obtaining property, or portion of it, or for any share or any interest in property, upon
             57      any agreement, understanding, or expectation that it is to be distributed or disposed of by lot or
             58      chance, whether called a lottery, raffle, or gift enterprise, or by whatever name it is known.


             59          [(7)] (8) "Video gaming device" means any device that possesses all of the following
             60      characteristics:
             61          (a) a video display and computer mechanism for playing a game;
             62          (b) the length of play of any single game is not substantially affected by the skill,
             63      knowledge, or dexterity of the player;
             64          (c) a meter, tracking, or recording mechanism that records or tracks any money, tokens,
             65      games, or credits accumulated or remaining;
             66          (d) a play option that permits a player to spend or risk varying amounts of money,
             67      tokens, or credits during a single game, in which the spending or risking of a greater amount of
             68      money, tokens, or credits:
             69          (i) does not significantly extend the length of play time of any single game; and
             70          (ii) provides for a chance of greater return of credits, games, or money; and
             71          (e) an operating mechanism that requires inserting money, tokens, or other valuable
             72      consideration in order to function.
             73          Section 2. Section 76-10-1102 is amended to read:
             74           76-10-1102. Gambling.
             75          (1) A person is guilty of gambling if [he] the person:
             76          (a) participates in gambling, including any Internet S. or online .S gambling;
             77          (b) knowingly permits any gambling to be played, conducted, or dealt upon or in any
             78      real or personal property owned, rented, or under the control of the actor, whether in whole or
             79      in part; or
             80          (c) knowingly allows the use of any video gaming device that is:
             81          (i) in any business establishment or public place; and
             82          (ii) accessible for use by any person within the establishment or public place.
             83          (2) Gambling is a class B misdemeanor, [provided, however,] except that any person
             84      who is [twice] convicted two or more times under this section [shall be] is guilty of a class A
             85      misdemeanor.
             85a      H. (3) (a) A person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor who [ :
             85b          (a) knowingly transmits, receives, or relays
] intentionally provides or offers to provide
any
             85b1      form of Internet or online gambling
             85c      [ into ] to any person in this state. [ or within this state; or
             85d          (b) promotes, offers, or provides Internet gambling in this state.
] (b) Subsection (3)(a) does

             85d1      not apply to an Internet service provider or hosting company as defined in Section 76-10-1230,
             85d2      a provider of public telecommunications services defined in Section 54-8b-2, or an .H


             85d3      H.Internet advertising service by reason of the the fact that the Internet service provider,
             85d4      hosting company, Internet advertising service, or provider of public telecommunications
             85d5      services:
             85d6      (i) transmits, routes, or provides connections for material without selecting the material; or
             85d7      (ii) stores or delivers the material at the direction of a user.
             85e           [ (4) If any federal law is enacted that authorizes Internet gambling in the states and the
             85f      federal law provides that individual states may opt out of allowing Internet gambling by the
             85g      process of the governor of the state advising the federal regulatory authority of the
] .H


             85h      H. [ state's choice to opt out, the governor of this state shall inform the regulatory authority in
             85i      compliance with the opt-out provisions of the federal legislation.
]

             85i1      (4) If any federal law is enacted that authorizes Internet gambling in the states and that
             85i2      federal law provides that individual states may opt out of Internet gambling, this state shall
             85i3      opt out of Internet gambling in the manner provided by federal law and within the time frame
             85i4      provided by that law.
             85j          (5) Whether or not any federal law is enacted that authorizes Internet gambling in the
             85k      states, this section acts as this state's prohibition of any gambling, including Internet gambling,
             85l      in this state.
             85m           Section 3. Effective date.
             85n          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012. .H





             85m      Legislative Review Note
             85n          as of 1-27-12 8:12 PM

             85o     
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel


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