Maine Revised Statutes

§1071. Advance deposit wagering license awarded pursuant to competitive bid

The board shall develop a request for proposals for the purpose of awarding one bidder the privilege to be licensed to conduct advance deposit wagering. The request for proposals must instruct potential bidders to propose the method by which they will conduct advance deposit wagering that provides the maximum benefit to the harness racing industry and the State in a manner that ensures wagering is conducted by residents of the State who are verified to be 18 years of age or older. A bidder seeking award of a license to conduct advance deposit wagering shall comply with the requirements determined by the board. The board shall require that a proposal include a nonrefundable application fee of $1,000 and an agreement to pay the costs of the board for processing an application and performing background investigations, as described in this subchapter. The board shall ensure that the request for proposals clearly identifies the deadline for submission and all bid requirements. The board shall follow, as nearly as practicable, the provisions governing competitive bidding prescribed by Title 5, chapter 155, subchapter 1-A and rules adopted pursuant to that subchapter. [2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW).]

1. Eligible bidders; bid proposal factors.  The board may accept bids from an entity that for a period of at least 2 years has been licensed to accept wagers on horse racing as either the operator of a commercial track, as an off-track betting facility licensed under section 275-D or as an entity licensed in another state to conduct advance deposit wagering. When considering bids for the privilege to be licensed to conduct advance deposit wagering, the board shall consider the following:
A. The financial suitability of the bidder to operate advance deposit wagering, including purchase of a bond to secure the accounts of advance deposit wagering bettors; [2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW).]
B. The extent to which the bidder's proposal to conduct advance deposit wagering will benefit the harness racing industry in the State and the General Fund; [2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW).]
C. The percentage of wagers the bidder proposes to pay to the board to cover the costs of the board for administration and oversight of advance deposit wagering and to make distributions required under section 1072; [2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW).]
D. The adequacy of systems the bidder will use to conduct advance deposit wagering to ensure that bettors who establish accounts to place bets on horse racing via advance deposit wagering are 18 years of age or older and residents of the State; [2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW).]
E. The likelihood that the bidder will meet the requirements for licensure to conduct advance deposit wagering as prescribed by the rules of the board; [2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW).]
F. The methods by which the bidder will provide access to systems and records to facilitate adequate monitoring and enforcement by the board; and [2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW).]
G. Factors other than those in paragraphs A to F disclosed in the board's request for proposals that the board determines to be relevant. [2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW).]
[ 2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW) .]
2. Bid award factor priorities.  The board shall develop a system of priority by assigning points to the factors required to be considered under subsection 1.
[ 2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW) .]
3. Contract required.  In order to be selected as the winning bidder for the privilege to be licensed by the board to conduct advance deposit wagering, a person must agree to enter into a contract with the board that obligates the advance deposit wagering licensee to the proposals made in the bid submitted in accordance with this section. The contract must include a framework of reasonable financial penalties for failure of the advance deposit wagering licensee to comply with the terms of the contract and rules of the board. The licensee may not conduct advance deposit wagering prior to the execution of the contract required by this subsection.
[ 2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW) .]
4. Application; investigation.  In order to be licensed by the board to conduct advance deposit wagering, a person that is selected as the winning bidder in accordance with this subchapter must complete an application using forms developed by the board and comply with additional requests the board determines necessary to investigate the suitability of the winning bidder to be issued a license.
[ 2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW) .]
5. Authority to conduct advance deposit wagering.  A license issued in accordance with this subchapter authorizes the licensee to conduct advance deposit wagering in accordance with the requirements of this subchapter and rules of the board. A licensee may accept wagers made from advance deposit wagering account holders by telephone and via electronic device. If a licensee is also licensed to accept wagers on live or simulcast horse racing as a commercial track or off-track betting facility under this Title, the licensee may accept in-person advance deposit wagers at the commercial track or off-track betting facility. A person that facilitates an advance deposit wagering account on behalf of a resident of this State or accepts wagers on horse races from a resident of this State without a license is guilty of unlawful gambling under Title 17-A, chapter 39. Upon notification by an individual, or upon its own motion, the board shall direct any person that facilitates advance deposit wagering without a license to immediately cease operations and notify the person that the person may be subject to prosecution for unlawful gambling.
[ 2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW) .]
6. License fee; term.  A license issued pursuant to this subchapter authorizes the licensee to conduct advance deposit wagering for a period of 5 years. The fee for a license to conduct advance deposit wagering is $500. The renewal fee for a license to conduct advance deposit wagering is $250.
[ 2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2015, c. 499, §8 (NEW).