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Gambling Legislation 2018

9ill Number Bill Title Brief Explanation Status Companion Bill Documents
HB 2332 Concerning gambling addiction Requires the gambling commission to adopt rules establishing a self-exclusion program for problem and pathological gamblers which must include the following: (1) A process for a person who believes he or she is or may be a problem or pathological gambler to voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling at all gambling establishments licensed by the commission; and (2) A process for casinos owned or operated by Indian tribes or tribal enterprises to voluntarily participate in the self-exclusion program, so that a person who is or may be a problem or pathological gambler may self-exclude themselves from gambling at all casinos and state-licensed gambling establishments in the state.

1/24/18: Passed out of House;

2/19/18: Passed out of Senate Labor and Commerce Committee

SB 6331

Letter of Support - Mailed to Chair Keiser

 

HB 2416 Concerning workers at gambling establishments participating as a player in gambling activities Prohibits a person from participating as a player in gambling conducted by an operator of a gambling activity if the person is employed by the operator of the gambling activity and has employment-related duties that require the person to hold an individual license or permit issued by the gambling commission. 1/18/18: Executive session in House Commerce and Gaming Committee; no action taken    
SB 5671 Simplifying the process for bona fide charitable and nonprofit organizations to engage in activities and social pastimes, and raise funds for their authorized purposes Simplifies the process for bona fide charitable and nonprofit organizations to: (1) Engage in activities and social pastimes; and (2) Raise funds for their authorized purposes 1/8/18: Placed in Senate Rule Committee "X" file    
SB 6266 Concerning loot boxes in online games and apps Requires the gambling commission to: (1) Conduct a study on the use of loot boxes and similar types of mechanisms in online games or apps; (2) Consider and gather information, related to the problems and concerns described in this act, and legislation and regulation from other jurisdictions; and (3) Other matters the gambling commission determines are relevant. Provides a December 1, 2019, expiration date for the study. 2/1/18:  Passed to Rules Committee for second Reading  

Letter of Support - Mailed to Senator Schoesler

Letter of Support - Mailed to Senator Ranker

Letter of Support - Mailed to Senator Nelson

HB 2881 Creating a new crime applicable to platforms, including internet websites, that facilitate unauthorized gambling activity A person is guilty of operating a platform that facilitates an unauthorized gambling activity if the person operates a platform, including an internet web site, that charges customers a fee for a service or product and on which customers may transfer virtual items with or without a charge, if the person knows or, based on the totality of the circumstances, could reasonably be expected to know, that third parties use the platform to engage in an unauthorized gambling activity involving the wager or transfer of virtual items. A violation of this section is a class C felony

1/30/18: Public hearing in House Public Safety Committee

   
SB 6331 Concerning gambling addiction Requires the gambling commission to adopt rules establishing a self-exclusion program for problem and pathological gamblers which must include the following: (1) A process for a person who believes he or she is or may be a problem or pathological gambler to voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling at all gambling establishments licensed by the commission; and (2) A process for casinos owned or operated by Indian tribes or tribal enterprises to voluntarily participate in the self-exclusion program, so that a person who is or may be a problem or pathological gambler may self-exclude themselves from gambling at all casinos and state-licensed gambling establishments in the state. 2/1/18: Passed to Rules Committee for second Reading HB 2332 Letter of Support - Mailed to Chair Keiser