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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 967

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 4696

 

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Referred to Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

Introduced by:

 

(PS)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING ONLINE MULTIJURISDICTIONAL LOTTERY GAMES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The Connecticut Lottery Corporation shall establish a program to offer any joint lottery game in which the corporation participates on July 1, 2017, with one or more states or territories of the United States, through the corporation's Internet web site, online service or mobile application, provided such program does not violate any compact, memorandum of understanding or agreement in force between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe or the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut. Such program shall, at a minimum, (1) verify that a person who establishes an online lottery account to purchase a lottery ticket through such program is eighteen years of age or older and is located in the state, (2) restrict the sale of lottery tickets to transactions initiated and received within the state, (3) allow a person to deposit money into an online lottery account through the use of a verified bank account, prepaid lottery gift card or debit card, but not through the use of a credit card, (4) provide that any money in an online lottery account belongs solely to the owner of the account and may be withdrawn by the owner at any time, (5) provide a mechanism to prevent the unauthorized use of online lottery accounts, (6) establish a voluntary self-exclusion process to allow a person to exclude himself or herself from establishing an online lottery account or purchasing a lottery ticket through such program, and (7) after consultation with advocacy groups for individuals with gambling problems, (A) limit the amount of money a person may deposit into an online lottery account, (B) limit the amount of money a person may spend per day through such program, and (C) provide for online messages regarding the importance of responsible gambling when a person is using his or her online lottery account for an amount of time specified by the corporation.

(b) Prior to implementing any procedure, as defined in subdivision (2) of section 1-120 of the general statutes, designed to assure the integrity of such program, the corporation shall obtain the written approval of the Commissioner of Consumer Protection in accordance with regulations adopted under section 12-568a of the general statutes.

(c) The corporation shall (1) implement initiatives to promote the purchase of lottery tickets through lottery sales agents, (2) permit lottery sales agents to sell prepaid lottery gift cards, and (3) conduct an online public awareness campaign designed to educate the public regarding compulsive gambling and to inform the public of the programs available for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of compulsive gamblers in the state.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (4) of subsection (b) of section 12-806 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(4) (A) To introduce new lottery games, modify existing lottery games, utilize existing and new technologies, determine distribution channels for the sale of lottery tickets, introduce keno pursuant to signed agreements with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, in accordance with section 12-806c, and, to the extent specifically authorized by regulations adopted by the Department of Consumer Protection pursuant to chapter 54, introduce instant ticket vending machines, kiosks and automated wagering systems or machines, with all such rights being subject to regulatory oversight by the Department of Consumer Protection; and

(B) To offer any joint lottery game in which the corporation participates on July 1, 2017, with one or more states or territories of the United States, through the corporation's Internet web site, online service or mobile application in accordance with the provisions of section 1 of this act, except that the corporation shall not offer any [interactive on-line] other lottery games, including [on-line] video lottery games for promotional purposes, through the corporation's Internet web site, online service or mobile application;

Sec. 3. Section 12-810 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200, shall apply to all actions, meetings and records of the corporation, except (1) where otherwise limited by subsection (c) of this section as to new lottery games and serial numbers of unclaimed lottery tickets, [and] (2) with respect to financial, credit and proprietary information submitted by any person to the corporation in connection with any proposal to provide goods, services or professional advice to the corporation as provided in section 12-815, and (3) where otherwise limited by subsection (d) of this section as to information submitted by any person to the corporation regarding such person's participation in the corporation's voluntary self-exclusion process established pursuant to subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 1 of this act.

(b) The records of proceedings as provided in subsection (a) of section 12-805 shall be subject to disclosure pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) of section 1-210.

(c) Any new lottery game and the procedures for such game, until the game is publicly announced by the corporation, and any serial number of an unclaimed lottery ticket shall not be deemed public records, as defined in section 1-200, and shall not be available to the public under the provisions of section 1-210. The president shall submit a fiscal note prepared by the corporation with respect to the procedures for a new lottery game to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue, bonding and public safety after approval of such game by the board.

(d) The name and any records of a person who is participating or participated in the corporation's voluntary self-exclusion process shall not be deemed public records, as defined in section 1-200, and shall not be available to the public under the provisions of section 1-210. The president may disclose the name and any public records of such person if such person claims a winning lottery ticket from the use of the program established pursuant to section 1 of this act.

Sec. 4. Section 12-818 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2010, and June 30, 2011, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation shall transfer one million nine hundred thousand dollars of the revenue received from the sale of lottery tickets to the chronic gamblers treatment rehabilitation account created pursuant to section 17a-713. For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2012, to June 30, 2013, inclusive, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation shall transfer one million nine hundred thousand dollars of the revenue received from the sale of lottery tickets to the chronic gamblers treatment rehabilitation account created pursuant to section 17a-713. For the fiscal [year] years ending June 30, 2014, [and each fiscal year thereafter] to June 30, 2016, inclusive, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation shall transfer two million three hundred thousand dollars of the revenue received from the sale of lottery tickets to the chronic gamblers treatment rehabilitation account. [created pursuant to section 17a-713] For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation shall transfer two million four hundred thousand dollars of the revenue received from the sale of lottery tickets to the chronic gamblers treatment rehabilitation account.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Sec. 2

from passage

12-806(b)(4)

Sec. 3

July 1, 2017

12-810

Sec. 4

from passage

12-818

Statement of Purpose:

To (1) authorize the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to offer online multijurisdictional lottery games, (2) exempt certain records concerning the corporation's voluntary self-exclusion process from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, and (3) increase the corporation's contribution to the chronic gamblers treatment rehabilitation account.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]