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H.B. 108





Chief Sponsor: Stephen E. Sandstrom

Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

             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; and
             13          .    clarifies that gambling, which is prohibited in Utah, includes any form of Internet
             14      gambling.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             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
             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 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.

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