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124th Legislature

Second Regular Session


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Chapter 571

H.P. 1183 - L.D. 1671

PART HHHH

Sec. HHHH-1. 8 MRSA §1003, sub-§2,  as amended by PL 2005, c. 663, §§4 and 5, is further amended to read:

2. Duties.   The board Commissioner of Public Safety, with the advice and the consent of the board, and on a timetable directed by the board, shall hire an executive director. The board or the director , as delegated by the board, shall hire staff in accordance with the Civil Service Law and retain professional services that the board considers necessary to carry out its responsibilities. In addition, the board or the director or staff, as delegated by the board, shall:
A.  Enforce the provisions of this chapter and any rules adopted under this chapter;
B.  Hear and decide all license and registration applications under this chapter and issues affecting the granting, suspension, revocation or renewal of licenses and registrations;
C.  Review the department's reports of its investigation of the qualifications of an applicant before a license or registration is issued and investigate the circumstances surrounding any act or transaction for which board approval is required;
D.  Cause the department to investigate any alleged violations of this chapter or rules adopted under this chapter and the direct or indirect ownership or control of any licensee;
E.  Refer violations of this chapter to the Attorney General to bring action in the courts and administrative tribunals of this State or the United States, in the name of the State of Maine. This paragraph does not limit the authority of district attorneys to prosecute criminal violations of the law;
F.  Collect all licensing and registration fees and taxes imposed by this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter;
G.  Develop a standard uniform location agreement;
H.  Pursuant to subchapter 5, cause the department to investigate all complaints made to the board regarding ownership, distribution or operation of slot machines and all violations of this chapter or rules adopted under this chapter;
I.  Adopt rules to prevent undesirable conduct relating to the ownership, distribution and operation of slot machines and slot machine facilities, including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) The practice of any fraud or deception upon a player of a slot machine or a licensee;

(2) The presence or location of a slot machine in or at premises that may be unsafe due to fire hazard or other public safety conditions;

(3) The infiltration of organized crime into the ownership, distribution or operation of slot machines and slot machine facilities; and

(4) The presence of disorderly persons in a location where slot machines are in use;

J.  Maintain a central site system of monitoring in real time all slot machines licensed in accordance with this chapter using an on-line inquiry;
K.  Maintain the ability to activate and deactivate the operation of slot machines via the central site monitoring system under authority of board staff or persons contracted by the board;
L.  Ensure that the slot machine operator does not have access to any system that is capable of programming slot machines;
M.  Inform commercial track operators applying for a license to operate slot machines that any slot machines licensed by the board must be compatible with the central site system of on-line monitoring used by the board;
N.  Cause the central site monitoring system to disable a slot machine that does not meet registration requirements provided by this chapter or rules adopted under this chapter or as directed by the department;
O.  Cause the central site monitoring system to disable a slot machine and cause the department to seize the proceeds of that slot machine if the funds from that slot machine have not been distributed, deposited or allocated in accordance with section 1036;
P.  Collect all funds and taxes due to the State under sections 1018 and 1036;
Q.  Certify monthly to the department a full and complete statement of all slot machine revenue, credits disbursed by licensees, administrative expenses and the allocation of slot machine income for the preceding month;
R.  Submit by March 15th an annual report to the Governor and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over gambling affairs on slot machine revenue, credits disbursed by slot machine operators, administrative expenses and the allocation of slot machine income for the preceding year;
S.  Prepare and submit to the department a budget for the administration of this chapter; and
T.  Keep accurate and complete records of its proceedings and certify the records as may be appropriate.

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