Florida Senate - 2011 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 2050 Barcode 609550 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 04/05/2011 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Commerce and Tourism (Gaetz) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 4 Delete everything after the enacting clause 5 and insert: 6 Section 1. Subsection (7) is added to section 20.21, 7 Florida Statutes, to read: 8 20.21 Department of Revenue.—There is created a Department 9 of Revenue. 10 (7) The Destination Resort Commission is created within the 11 Department of Revenue. 12 Section 2. Subsection (17) is added to section 120.80, 13 Florida Statutes, to read: 14 120.80 Exceptions and special requirements; agencies.— 15 (17) THE DESTINATION RESORT COMMISSION.— 16 (a) The Destination Resort Commission is exempt from the 17 hearing and notice requirements of ss. 120.569 and 120.57(1)(a) 18 in proceedings for the issuance, denial, renewal, or amendment 19 of a destination resort license. 20 (b) Section 120.60 does not apply to applications for a 21 destination resort license. 22 (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 120.542, the 23 Destination Resort Commission may not accept a petition for 24 waiver or variance and may not grant any waiver or variance from 25 the requirements of the Destination Resort Act, sections 3 26 through 35 of this act. 27 Section 3. This section and sections 4 through 35 of this 28 act may be cited as the “Destination Resort Act” or the “Resort 29 Act.” 30 Section 4. Definitions.—As used in the Resort Act, the 31 term: 32 (1) “Affiliate” means a person who, directly or indirectly, 33 through one or more intermediaries: 34 (a) Controls, is controlled by, or is under common control 35 of; 36 (b) Is in a partnership or joint venture relationship with; 37 or 38 (c) Is a shareholder of a corporation, a member of a 39 limited liability company, or a partner in a limited liability 40 partnership with, 41 42 an applicant for a resort license or a resort licensee. 43 (2) “Ancillary areas” includes the following areas within a 44 limited gaming facility, unless the context otherwise requires: 45 (a) Major aisles, the maximum area of which may not exceed 46 the limit within any part of the limited gaming facility as 47 specified by the commission. 48 (b) Back-of-house facilities. 49 (c) Any reception or information counter. 50 (d) Any area designated for the serving or consumption of 51 food and beverages. 52 (e) Any retail outlet. 53 (f) Any area designated for performances. 54 (g) Any area designated for aesthetic or decorative 55 displays. 56 (h) Staircases, staircase landings, escalators, lifts, and 57 lift lobbies. 58 (i) Bathrooms. 59 (j) Any other area that is not intended to be used for the 60 conduct or playing of games or as a gaming pit as defined by 61 rules of the commission or specified in the application for the 62 destination resort license. 63 (3) “Applicant,” as the context requires, means a person 64 who applies for a resort license, supplier’s license, or 65 occupational license. A county, municipality, or other unit of 66 government is prohibited from applying for a resort license. 67 (4) “Chair” means the chair of the Destination Resort 68 Commission. 69 (5) “Commission” means the Destination Resort Commission. 70 (6) “Conflict of interest” means a situation in which the 71 private interest of a member, employee, or agent of the 72 commission may influence his or her judgment in the performance 73 of his or her public duty under the Resort Act. A conflict of 74 interest includes, but is not limited to: 75 (a) Any conduct that would lead a reasonable person having 76 knowledge of all of the circumstances to conclude that the 77 member, employee, or agent of the commission is biased against 78 or in favor of an applicant. 79 (b) The acceptance of any form of compensation from a 80 source other than the commission for any services rendered as 81 part of the official duties of the member, employee, or agent of 82 the commission. 83 (c) Participation in any business transaction with or 84 before the commission in which the member, employee, or agent of 85 the commission, or the parent, spouse, or child of a member, 86 employee, or agent, has a financial interest. 87 (7) “Department” means the Department of Revenue. 88 (8) “Destination resort” or “resort” means a freestanding, 89 land-based structure in which limited gaming may be conducted. A 90 destination resort is a mixed-use development consisting of a 91 combination of various tourism amenities and facilities, 92 including, but not limited to, hotels, villas, restaurants, 93 limited gaming facilities, convention facilities, attractions, 94 entertainment facilities, service centers, and shopping centers. 95 (9) “Destination resort license” or “resort license” means 96 a license to operate and maintain a destination resort having a 97 limited gaming facility. 98 (10) “District” means any of the following five districts 99 of the state: 100 (a) District One: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, 101 Holmes, Jackson, Washington, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Franklin, 102 Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, 103 Taylor, Lafayette, Suwannee, Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, 104 Alachua, Gilchrist, Dixie, and Levy Counties. 105 (b) District Two: Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, 106 Flagler, Marion, Volusia, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Hernando, 107 Polk, and Osceola Counties. 108 (c) District Three: Citrus, Sumter, Pasco, Pinellas, 109 Hillsborough, Manatee, Hardee, DeSoto, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, 110 Collier, Monroe, Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades, and Hendry 111 Counties. 112 (d) District Four: Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, 113 Martin, and Palm Beach Counties. 114 (e) District Five: Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. 115 (11) “Executive director” means the executive director of 116 the commission. 117 (12) “Financial interest” or “financially interested” means 118 any interest in investments or awarding of contracts, grants, 119 loans, purchases, leases, sales, or similar matters under 120 consideration or consummated by the commission, or ownership in 121 an applicant or a licensee. A member, employee, or agent of the 122 commission is deemed to have a financial interest in a matter 123 if: 124 (a) The individual owns any interest in any class of 125 outstanding securities that are issued by a party to the matter 126 under consideration by the commission, except indirect interests 127 such as a mutual fund; or 128 (b) The individual is employed by or is an independent 129 contractor for a party to a matter under consideration by the 130 commission. 131 (13) “Gaming pit” means an area commonly known as a gaming 132 pit or any similar area from which limited gaming employees 133 administer and supervise the games. 134 (14) “Gross receipts” means the total of cash or cash 135 equivalents received or retained as winnings by a resort 136 licensee and the compensation received for conducting any game 137 in which the resort licensee is not party to a wager, less cash 138 taken in fraudulent acts perpetrated against the resort licensee 139 for which the resort licensee is not reimbursed. The term does 140 not include: 141 (a) Counterfeit money or tokens; 142 (b) Coins of other countries which are received in gaming 143 devices and which cannot be converted into United States 144 currency; 145 (c) Promotional credits or “free play” as provided by the 146 resort licensee as a means of marketing the limited gaming 147 facility; or 148 (d) The amount of any credit extended until collected. 149 (15) “Individual” means a natural person. 150 (16) “Institutional investor” means, but is not limited to: 151 (a) A retirement fund administered by a public agency for 152 the exclusive benefit of federal, state, or county public 153 employees. 154 (b) An employee benefit plan or pension fund that is 155 subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 156 (ERISA). 157 (c) An investment company registered under the Investment 158 Company Act of 1940. 159 (d) A collective investment trust organized by a bank under 160 12 C.F.R. part 9, s. 9.18. 161 (e) A closed-end investment trust. 162 (f) A life insurance company or property and casualty 163 insurance company. 164 (g) A financial institution. 165 (h) An investment advisor registered under the Investment 166 Advisers Act of 1940. 167 (17) “Junket enterprise” means any person who, for 168 compensation, employs or otherwise engages in the procurement or 169 referral of persons for a junket to a destination resort 170 licensed under the Resort Act regardless of whether those 171 activities occur within this state. The term does not include a 172 resort licensee or applicant for a resort license or a person 173 holding an occupational license. 174 (18) “License,” as the context requires, means a resort 175 license, supplier’s license, or an occupational license. 176 (19) “Licensee,” as the context requires, means a person 177 who is licensed as resort licensee, supplier licensee, or 178 occupational licensee. 179 (20) “Limited gaming,” “game,” or “gaming,” as the context 180 requires, means the games authorized pursuant to the Resort Act 181 in a limited gaming facility, including, but not limited to, 182 those commonly known as baccarat, twenty-one, poker, craps, slot 183 machines, video gaming of chance, roulette wheels, Klondike 184 tables, punch-board, faro layout, numbers ticket, push car, jar 185 ticket, pull tab, or their common variants, or any other game of 186 chance or wagering device that is authorized by the commission. 187 (21) “Limited gaming employee” means any employee of a 188 resort licensee, including, but not limited to: 189 (a) Cashiers. 190 (b) Change personnel. 191 (c) Count room personnel. 192 (d) Slot machine attendants. 193 (e) Hosts or other individuals authorized to extend 194 complimentary services, including employees performing functions 195 similar to those performed by a representative for a junket 196 enterprise. 197 (f) Machine mechanics, computer machine technicians, or 198 table game device technicians. 199 (g) Security personnel. 200 (h) Surveillance personnel. 201 (i) Promotional play supervisors, credit supervisors, pit 202 supervisors, cashier supervisors, shift supervisors, table game 203 managers, assistant managers, and other supervisors and 204 managers. 205 (j) Boxmen. 206 (k) Dealers or croupiers. 207 (l) Floormen. 208 (m) Personnel authorized to issue promotional credits. 209 (n) Personnel authorized to issue credit. 210 211 The term includes an employee of a person holding a supplier’s 212 license whose duties are directly involved with the repair or 213 distribution of slot machines or table game devices or 214 associated equipment sold or provided to a resort licensee. The 215 term does not include bartenders, cocktail servers, or other 216 persons solely engaged in preparing or serving food or 217 beverages, clerical or secretarial personnel, parking 218 attendants, janitorial staff, stage hands, sound and light 219 technicians, and other nongaming personnel as determined by the 220 commission. The term includes a person employed by a person or 221 entity other than a resort licensee who performs the functions 222 of a limited gaming employee. 223 (22) “Limited gaming facility” means the limited gaming 224 floor and any ancillary areas. 225 (23) “Limited gaming floor” means the approved gaming area 226 of a resort. Ancillary areas in or directly adjacent to the 227 gaming area are not part of the limited gaming floor for 228 purposes of calculating the size of the limited gaming floor. 229 (24) “Managerial employee” has the same meaning as in s. 230 447.203(4), Florida Statutes. 231 (25) “Occupational licensee” means a person who is licensed 232 to be a limited gaming employee. 233 (26) “Qualifier” means an affiliate, affiliated company, 234 officer, director, or managerial employee of an applicant for a 235 resort license, or a person who holds a direct or indirect 236 equity interest in the applicant. The term may include an 237 institutional investor. As used in this subsection, the terms 238 “affiliate,” “affiliated company,” and “a person who holds a 239 direct or indirect equity interest in the applicant” do not 240 include a partnership, a joint venture relationship, a 241 shareholder of a corporation, a member of a limited liability 242 company, or a partner in a limited liability partnership that 243 has a direct or indirect equity interest in the applicant for a 244 resort license of 5 percent or less and is not involved in the 245 gaming operations as defined by the rules of the commission. 246 (27) “Supplier licensee” or “supplier” means a person who 247 is licensed to furnish gaming equipment, devices, or supplies or 248 other goods or services to a resort licensee. 249 (28) “Wagerer” means a person who plays a game authorized 250 under the Resort Act. 251 Section 5. Destination Resort Commission; creation and 252 membership.— 253 (1) CREATION.—There is created the Destination Resort 254 Commission assigned to the Department of Revenue for 255 administrative purposes only. The commission is a separate 256 budget entity not subject to control, supervision, or direction 257 by the Department of Revenue in any manner, including, but not 258 limited to, personnel, purchasing, transactions involving real 259 or personal property, and budgetary matters. The commission 260 shall be composed of seven members who are residents of the 261 state and who have experience in corporate finance, tourism, 262 convention and resort management, gaming, investigation or law 263 enforcement, business law, or related legal experience. The 264 members of the commission shall serve as the agency head of the 265 Destination Resort Commission. The commission is exempt from the 266 provisions of s. 20.052, Florida Statutes. 267 (2) MEMBERS.—The members shall be appointed by the Governor 268 and confirmed by the Senate in the legislative session following 269 appointment. Each member shall be appointed to a 4-year term. 270 However, for the purpose of providing staggered terms, of the 271 initial appointments, four members shall be appointed to 4-year 272 terms and three members shall be appointed to 2-year terms. 273 Terms expire on June 30. Upon the expiration of the term of a 274 commissioner, the Governor shall appoint a successor to serve 275 for a 4-year term. A commissioner whose term has expired shall 276 continue to serve on the commission until such time as a 277 replacement is appointed. If a vacancy on the commission occurs 278 before the expiration of the term, it shall be filled for the 279 unexpired portion of the term in the same manner as the original 280 appointment. 281 (a)1. One member of the commission must be a certified 282 public accountant licensed in this state who possesses at least 283 5 years of experience in general accounting. The member must 284 also possess a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and 285 practices of corporate finance or auditing, general finance, 286 gaming, or economics. 287 2. One member of the commission must have experience in the 288 fields of investigation or law enforcement. 289 3. Each district must be represented by at least one member 290 of the commission who must reside in that district. 291 4. When making appointments to the commission, the Governor 292 shall announce the district and classification by experience of 293 the person appointed. 294 (b) A person may not be appointed to or serve as a member 295 of the commission if the person: 296 1. Is an elected state official; 297 2. Is licensed by the commission, or is an officer of, has 298 a financial interest in, or has a direct or indirect contractual 299 relationship with, any applicant for a resort license or resort 300 licensee; 301 3. Is related to any person within the second degree of 302 consanguinity or affinity who is licensed by the commission; or 303 4. Has, within the 10 years preceding his or her 304 appointment, been under indictment for, convicted of, pled 305 guilty or nolo contendere to, or forfeited bail for a felony or 306 a misdemeanor involving gambling or fraud under the laws of this 307 or any other state or the United States. 308 (c) Members of the commission shall serve full time. 309 (3) CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR.— 310 (a) The chair shall be appointed by the Governor. The vice 311 chair of the commission shall be elected by the members of the 312 commission during the first meeting of the commission on or 313 after July 1 of each year. The chair shall be the administrative 314 head of the commission. The chair shall set the agenda for each 315 meeting. The chair shall approve all notices, vouchers, 316 subpoenas, and reports as required by the Resort Act. The chair 317 shall preserve order and decorum and shall have general control 318 of the commission meetings. The chair shall decide all questions 319 of order. The chair may name any member of the commission to 320 perform the duties of the chair for a meeting if such 321 substitution does not extend beyond that meeting. 322 (b) If for any reason the chair is absent and fails to name 323 a member, the vice chair shall assume the duties of the chair 324 during the chair’s absence. On the death, incapacitation, or 325 resignation of the chair, the vice chair shall perform the 326 duties of the office until the Governor appoints a successor. 327 (c) The administrative responsibilities of the chair are to 328 plan, organize, and control administrative support services for 329 the commission. Administrative functions include, but are not 330 limited to, finance and accounting, revenue accounting, 331 personnel, and office services. 332 (4) QUORUM.—Four members of the commission constitute a 333 quorum. 334 (5) HEADQUARTERS.—The headquarters of the commission shall 335 be located in Tallahassee. 336 (6) MEETINGS.—The commission must meet at least monthly. 337 Meetings may be called by the chair or by four members of the 338 commission upon 72 hours’ public notice. The initial meeting of 339 the commission must be held by October 1, 2011. 340 (7) AGENCY HEAD.—The commission shall serve as the agency 341 head for purposes of chapter 120, Florida Statutes. The 342 executive director of the commission may serve as the agency 343 head for purposes of final agency action under chapter 120, 344 Florida Statutes, for all areas within the regulatory authority 345 delegated to the executive director’s office. 346 Section 6. Destination Resort Commission; powers and 347 duties.— 348 (1) The commission has jurisdiction over and shall 349 supervise all destination resort limited gaming activity 350 governed by the Resort Act, including the power to: 351 (a) Authorize limited gaming at five destination resorts. 352 (b) Conduct such investigations as necessary to fulfill its 353 responsibilities. 354 (c) Use an invitation to negotiate process for applicants 355 based on minimum requirements established by the Resort Act and 356 rules of the commission. 357 (d) Investigate applicants for a resort license and 358 determine the eligibility of applicants for a resort license and 359 to select from competing applicants the applicant that best 360 serves the interests of the residents of Florida, based on the 361 potential for economic development presented by the applicant’s 362 proposed investment in infrastructure, such as hotels and other 363 nongaming entertainment facilities, and the applicant’s ability 364 to maximize revenue for the state. 365 (e) Grant a license to the applicant best suited to operate 366 a destination resort that has limited gaming. 367 (f) Establish and collect fees for performing background 368 checks on all applicants for licenses and all persons with whom 369 the commission may contract for the providing of goods or 370 services and for performing, or having performed, tests on 371 equipment and devices to be used in a limited gaming facility. 372 (g) Issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and 373 subpoenas duces tecum for the production of books, records, and 374 other pertinent documents as provided by law, and to administer 375 oaths and affirmations to the witnesses, if, in the judgment of 376 the commission, it is necessary to enforce the Resort Act or 377 commission rules. If a person fails to comply with a subpoena, 378 the commission may petition the circuit court of the county in 379 which the person subpoenaed resides or has his or her principal 380 place of business for an order requiring the subpoenaed person 381 to appear and testify and to produce books, records, and 382 documents as specified in the subpoena. The court may grant 383 legal, equitable, or injunctive relief, which may include, but 384 is not limited to, issuance of a writ of ne exeat or restraint 385 by injunction or appointment of a receiver of any transfer, 386 pledge, assignment, or other disposition of such person’s assets 387 or any concealment, alteration, destruction, or other 388 disposition of subpoenaed books, records, or documents, as the 389 court deems appropriate, until the person subpoenaed has fully 390 complied with the subpoena and the commission has completed the 391 audit, examination, or investigation. The commission is entitled 392 to the summary procedure provided in s. 51.011, Florida 393 Statutes, and the court shall advance the cause on its calendar. 394 Costs incurred by the commission to obtain an order granting, in 395 whole or in part, such petition for enforcement of a subpoena 396 shall be charged against the subpoenaed person, and failure to 397 comply with such order is a contempt of court. 398 (h) Require or permit a person to file a statement in 399 writing, under oath or otherwise as the commission or its 400 designee requires, as to all the facts and circumstances 401 concerning the matter to be audited, examined, or investigated. 402 (i) Keep accurate and complete records of its proceedings 403 and to certify the records as may be appropriate. 404 (j) Take any other action as may be reasonable or 405 appropriate to enforce the Resort Act and rules adopted by the 406 commission. 407 (k) Apply for injunctive or declaratory relief in a court 408 of competent jurisdiction to enforce the Resort Act and any 409 rules adopted by the commission. 410 (l) Establish field offices, as deemed necessary by the 411 commission. 412 (2) The Department of Law Enforcement and local law 413 enforcement agencies have concurrent jurisdiction to investigate 414 criminal violations of the Resort Act and may investigate any 415 other criminal violation of law occurring at the limited gaming 416 facilities. Such investigations may be conducted in conjunction 417 with the appropriate state attorney. 418 (3)(a) The commission, the Department of Law Enforcement, 419 and local law enforcement agencies have unrestricted access to 420 the limited gaming facility at all times and shall require of 421 each resort licensee strict compliance with the laws of this 422 state relating to the transaction of such business. The 423 commission, the Department of Law Enforcement, and local law 424 enforcement agencies may: 425 1. Inspect and examine premises where authorized limited 426 gaming devices are offered for play. 427 2. Inspect slot machines, other authorized gaming devices, 428 and related equipment and supplies. 429 (b) In addition, the commission may: 430 1. Collect taxes, assessments, fees, and penalties. 431 2. Deny, revoke, suspend, or place conditions on a licensee 432 who violates any provision of the Resort Act, a rule adopted by 433 the commission, or an order of the commission. 434 (4) The commission must revoke or suspend the license of 435 any person who is no longer qualified or who is found, after 436 receiving a license, to have been unqualified at the time of 437 application for the license. 438 (5) This section does not: 439 (a) Prohibit the Department of Law Enforcement or any law 440 enforcement authority whose jurisdiction includes a resort 441 licensee or a supplier licensee from conducting investigations 442 of criminal activities occurring at the facilities of a resort 443 licensee or supplier licensee; 444 (b) Restrict access to the limited gaming facility by the 445 Department of Law Enforcement or any local law enforcement 446 authority whose jurisdiction includes a resort licensee’s 447 facility; or 448 (c) Restrict access by the Department of Law Enforcement or 449 a local law enforcement agency to information and records 450 necessary for the investigation of criminal activity which are 451 contained within the facilities of a resort licensee or supplier 452 licensee. 453 Section 7. Rulemaking.— 454 (1) The commission shall adopt all rules necessary to 455 implement, administer, and regulate limited gaming under the 456 Destination Resort Act. The rules must include: 457 (a) The types of limited gaming activities to be conducted 458 and the rules for those games, including any restriction upon 459 the time, place, and structures where limited gaming is 460 authorized. 461 (b) Requirements, procedures, qualifications, and grounds 462 for the issuance, renewal, revocation, suspension, and summary 463 suspension of a resort license, supplier’s license, or 464 occupational license. 465 (c) Requirements for the disclosure of the complete 466 financial interests of licensees and applicants for licenses. 467 (d) Technical requirements and the qualifications that are 468 necessary to receive a license. 469 (e) Procedures to scientifically test and technically 470 evaluate slot machines and other authorized gaming devices for 471 compliance with the Resort Act and the rules adopted by the 472 commission. The commission may contract with an independent 473 testing laboratory to conduct any necessary testing. The 474 independent testing laboratory must have a national reputation 475 for being demonstrably competent and qualified to scientifically 476 test and evaluate slot machines and other authorized gaming 477 devices. An independent testing laboratory may not be owned or 478 controlled by a licensee. The use of an independent testing 479 laboratory for any purpose related to the conduct of slot 480 machine gaming and other authorized gaming by a resort licensee 481 shall be made from a list of laboratories approved by the 482 commission. 483 (f) Procedures relating to limited gaming revenues, 484 including verifying and accounting for such revenues, auditing, 485 and collecting taxes and fees. 486 (g) Requirements for limited gaming equipment, including 487 the types and specifications of all equipment and devices that 488 may be used in limited gaming facilities. 489 (h) Procedures for regulating, managing, and auditing the 490 operation, financial data, and program information relating to 491 limited gaming which allow the commission and the Department of 492 Law Enforcement to audit the operation, financial data, and 493 program information of a resort licensee, as required by the 494 commission or the Department of Law Enforcement, and provide the 495 commission and the Department of Law Enforcement with the 496 ability to monitor, at any time on a real-time basis, wagering 497 patterns, payouts, tax collection, and compliance with any rules 498 adopted by the commission for the regulation and control of 499 limited gaming. Such continuous and complete access, at any time 500 on a real-time basis, shall include the ability of either the 501 commission or the Department of Law Enforcement to suspend play 502 immediately on particular slot machines or other gaming devices 503 if monitoring of the facilities-based computer system indicates 504 possible tampering or manipulation of those slot machines or 505 gaming devices or the ability to suspend play immediately of the 506 entire operation if the tampering or manipulation is of the 507 computer system itself. The commission shall notify the 508 Department of Law Enforcement or the Department of Law 509 Enforcement shall notify the commission, as appropriate, 510 whenever there is a suspension of play pursuant this paragraph. 511 The commission and the Department of Law Enforcement shall 512 exchange information that is necessary for, and cooperate in the 513 investigation of, the circumstances requiring suspension of play 514 pursuant to this paragraph. 515 (i) Procedures for requiring each resort licensee at his or 516 her own cost and expense to supply the commission with a bond as 517 required. 518 (j) Procedures for requiring licensees to maintain and to 519 provide to the commission records, data, information, or 520 reports, including financial and income records. 521 (k) Procedures to calculate the payout percentages of slot 522 machines. 523 (l) Minimum standards for security of the facilities, 524 including floor plans, security cameras, and other security 525 equipment. 526 (m) The scope and conditions for investigations and 527 inspections into the conduct of limited gaming. 528 (n) The standards and procedures for the seizure without 529 notice or hearing of gaming equipment, supplies, or books and 530 records for the purpose of examination and inspection. 531 (o) Procedures for requiring resort licensees and supplier 532 licensees to implement and establish drug-testing programs for 533 all employees. 534 (p) Procedures and guidelines for the continuous recording 535 of all gaming activities at a limited gaming facility. The 536 commission may require a resort licensee to timely provide all 537 or part of the original recordings pursuant to a schedule. 538 (q) The payment of costs incurred by the commission or any 539 other agencies for investigations or background checks or costs 540 associated with testing limited gaming related equipment, which 541 must be paid by an applicant for a license or a licensee. 542 (r) The levying of fines for violations of the Resort Act 543 or any rule adopted by the commission, which fines may not 544 exceed $250,000 per violation arising out of a single 545 transaction. 546 (s) The amount of any application fee or fee to renew an 547 occupational license or a suppliers license. 548 (t) Any other rule necessary to accomplish the purposes of 549 the Resort Act. 550 (2) The commission may at any time adopt emergency rules 551 pursuant to s. 120.54, Florida Statutes. The Legislature finds 552 that such emergency rulemaking power is necessary for the 553 preservation of the rights and welfare of the people in order to 554 provide additional funds to benefit the public. The Legislature 555 further finds that the unique nature of limited gaming 556 operations requires, from time to time, that the commission 557 respond as quickly as is practicable. Therefore, in adopting 558 such emergency rules, the commission need not make the findings 559 required by s. 120.54(4)(a), Florida Statutes. Emergency rules 560 adopted under this section are exempt from s. 120.54(4)(c), 561 Florida Statutes. However, the emergency rules may not remain in 562 effect for more than 180 days except that the commission may 563 renew the emergency rules during the pendency of procedures to 564 adopt permanent rules addressing the subject of the emergency 565 rules. 566 Section 8. Law enforcement officers.— 567 (1) The commission may employ sworn law enforcement 568 officers to enforce any criminal law, conduct any criminal 569 investigation, or enforce any statute within the jurisdiction of 570 the commission. 571 (2) Each law enforcement officer must meet the 572 qualifications for law enforcement officers under s. 943.13, 573 Florida Statutes, and must be certified as a law enforcement 574 officer by the Department of Law Enforcement. Upon 575 certification, each law enforcement officer is subject to and 576 has the authority provided to law enforcement officers generally 577 under chapter 901, Florida Statutes, and has statewide 578 jurisdiction. 579 (3) Each officer has arrest authority as provided for state 580 law enforcement officers under s. 901.15, Florida Statutes, and 581 full law enforcement powers granted to other officers of this 582 state, including the authority to make arrests, carry firearms, 583 serve court process, and seize contraband and proceeds from 584 illegal activities. 585 (4) Each law enforcement officer of the commission, upon 586 certification under s. 943.1395, Florida Statutes, has the same 587 right and authority to carry arms as do the sheriffs of this 588 state. 589 Section 9. Executive director.—The commission shall appoint 590 or remove the executive director of the commission by a majority 591 vote. An interim executive director shall be appointed within 10 592 days after the initial meeting of the commission. 593 (1) The executive director: 594 (a) Shall devote full time to the duties of the office; 595 (b) May not hold any other office or employment; 596 (c) Shall perform all duties assigned by the commission; 597 and 598 (d) May hire assistants and employees as necessary to 599 conduct the business of the commission, and consultants 600 necessary for the efficient operation of destination resorts. 601 (2)(a) The executive director may not employ a person who, 602 during the 3 years immediately preceding employment, held a 603 direct or indirect interest in, or was employed by: 604 1. A resort licensee or supplier licensee; 605 2. An applicant for a resort license or an applicant for a 606 similar license in another jurisdiction; 607 3. An entity licensed to operate a gaming facility in 608 another state; 609 4. A pari-mutuel gaming facility licensed to operate in 610 this state; or 611 5. A tribal gaming facility within this state. 612 (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a person may be employed 613 by the commission if the commission finds that the person’s 614 former interest in any licensee will not interfere with the 615 objective discharge of the person’s employment obligations. 616 However, a person may not be employed by the commission if: 617 1. The person’s interest in an applicant, licensee, or 618 tribal facility constituted a controlling interest; or 619 2. The person, or the person’s spouse, parent, child, 620 child’s spouse, or sibling, is a member of the commission, or a 621 director of, or person financially interested in, an applicant 622 or a licensee. 623 Section 10. Code of ethics.— 624 (1) The commission shall adopt a code of ethics by rule for 625 its members, employees, and agents. 626 (2) A member of the commission or the executive director 627 may not hold a direct or indirect interest in, be employed by, 628 or enter into a contract for service with an applicant or person 629 licensed by the commission for a period of 5 years after the 630 date of termination of the person’s membership on or employment 631 with the commission. 632 (3) An employee of the commission may not acquire a direct 633 or indirect interest in, be employed by, or enter into a 634 contract for services with an applicant or person licensed by 635 the commission for a period of 3 years after the date of 636 termination of the person’s employment with the commission. 637 (4) A commission member or a person employed by the 638 commission may not represent a person or party other than the 639 state before or against the commission for a period of 3 years 640 after the date of termination of the member’s term of office or 641 the employee’s period of employment with the commission. 642 (5) A business entity in which a former commission member, 643 employee, or agent has an interest, or any partner, officer, or 644 employee of that business entity, may not appear before or 645 represent another person before the commission if the former 646 commission member, employee, or agent would be prohibited from 647 doing so. As used in this subsection, the term “business entity” 648 means a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, 649 limited liability partnership association, trust, or other form 650 of legal entity. 651 (6) A member, employee, or agent of the commission may not 652 engage in political activity or politically related activity 653 during the duration of the person’s appointment or employment. 654 As used in this paragraph, the terms “political activity” or 655 “politically related activity” include: 656 (a) Using the person’s official authority or influence for 657 the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an 658 election; 659 (b) Knowingly soliciting, accepting, or receiving political 660 contributions from any person; 661 (c) Running for nomination or as a candidate for election 662 to a partisan political office; or 663 (d) Knowingly soliciting or discouraging the participation 664 in any political activity of any person who is: 665 1. Applying for any compensation, grant, contract, ruling, 666 license, permit, or certificate pending before the commission; 667 or 668 2. The subject of or a participant in an ongoing audit, 669 investigation, or enforcement action being carried out by the 670 commission. 671 (7) A former member, employee, or agent of the commission 672 may appear before the commission as a witness testifying as to 673 factual matters or actions handled by the former member, 674 employee, or agent during his or her tenure with the commission. 675 However, the former member, employee, or agent of the commission 676 may not receive compensation for the appearance other than a 677 standard witness fee and reimbursement for travel expenses as 678 established by statute or rules governing administrative 679 proceedings before the Division of Administrative Hearings. 680 (8)(a) The executive director must approve outside 681 employment for an employee or agent of the commission. 682 (b) An employee or agent of the commission granted 683 permission for outside employment may not conduct any business 684 or perform any activities, including solicitation, related to 685 outside employment on premises used by the commission or during 686 the employee’s working hours for the commission. 687 (c) As used in this subsection, the term “outside 688 employment” includes, but is not limited to: 689 1. Operating a proprietorship; 690 2. Participating in a partnership or group business 691 enterprise; or 692 3. Performing as a director or corporate officer of any 693 for-profit corporation or banking or credit institution. 694 (9) A member, employee, or agent of the commission may not 695 participate in or wager on any game conducted by any resort 696 licensee or applicant or any affiliate of a licensee or 697 applicant regulated by the commission in this state or in any 698 other jurisdiction, except as required as part of the person’s 699 surveillance, security, or other official duties. 700 Section 11. Disclosures by commissioners, employees, and 701 agents.— 702 (1) COMMISSIONERS.— 703 (a) Each member of the commission shall file a financial 704 disclosure statement pursuant to s. 112.3145, Florida Statutes. 705 (b) Each member must disclose information required by rules 706 of the commission to ensure the integrity of the commission and 707 its work. 708 (c) By January 1 of each year, each member must file a 709 statement with the commission: 710 1. Affirming that the member, and the member’s spouse, 711 parent, child, or child’s spouse, is not a member of the board 712 of directors of, financially interested in, or employed by an 713 applicant or resort licensee. 714 2. Affirming that the member is in compliance with the 715 Resort Act and the rules of the commission. 716 3. Disclosing any legal or beneficial interest in real 717 property that is or may be directly or indirectly involved with 718 activities or persons regulated by the commission. 719 (d) Each member must disclose involvement with any gaming 720 interest in the 5 years preceding appointment as a member. 721 (2) EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS.— 722 (a) The executive director and each managerial employee and 723 agent, as determined by the commission, shall file a financial 724 disclosure statement pursuant to s. 112.3145, Florida Statutes. 725 All employees and agents must comply with the provisions of 726 chapter 112, Florida Statutes. 727 (b) The executive director and each managerial employee and 728 agent identified by rule of the commission must disclose 729 information required by rules of the commission to ensure the 730 integrity of the commission and its work. 731 (c) By January 31 of each year, each employee and agent of 732 the commission must file a statement with the commission: 733 1. Affirming that the employee, and the employee’s spouse, 734 parent, child, or child’s spouse, is not financially interested 735 in or employed by an applicant or licensee. 736 2. Affirming that the person does not have any financial 737 interest prohibited by laws or rules administered by the 738 commission. 739 3. Disclosing any legal or beneficial interest in real 740 property that is or may be directly or indirectly involved with 741 activities or persons regulated by the commission. 742 (d) Each employee or agent of the commission must disclose 743 involvement with any gaming interest during the 5 years before 744 employment. 745 (3) CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRING IMMEDIATE DISCLOSURE.— 746 (a) A member, employee, or agent of the commission who 747 becomes aware that the member, employee, or agent of the 748 commission or his or her spouse, parent, or child is a member of 749 the board of directors of, financially interested in, or 750 employed by an applicant or licensee must immediately provide 751 detailed written notice to the chair. 752 (b) A member, employee, or agent of the commission must 753 immediately provide detailed written notice of the circumstances 754 to the chair if the member, employee, or agent is indicted, 755 charged with, convicted of, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, 756 or forfeits bail for: 757 1. A misdemeanor involving gambling, dishonesty, theft, or 758 fraud; 759 2. A violation of any law in any state, or a law of the 760 United States or any other jurisdiction, involving gambling, 761 dishonesty, theft, or fraud which substantially corresponds to a 762 misdemeanor in this state; or 763 3. A felony under the laws of this or any other state, or 764 the laws of the United States, or any other jurisdiction. 765 (c) A member, employee, or agent of the commission who is 766 negotiating for an interest in a licensee or an applicant, or is 767 affiliated with such a person, must immediately provide written 768 notice of the details of the interest to the chair. The member, 769 employee, or agent of the commission may not act on behalf of 770 the commission with respect to that person. 771 (d) A member, employee, or agent of the commission may not 772 enter into negotiations for employment with any person or 773 affiliate of any person who is an applicant, licensee, or an 774 affiliate. If a member, employee, or agent of the commission 775 enters into negotiations for employment in violation of this 776 paragraph or receives an invitation, written or oral, to 777 initiate a discussion concerning employment with any person who 778 is a licensee, applicant, or an affiliate, he or she must 779 immediately provide written notice of the details of any such 780 negotiations or discussions to the chair. The member, employee, 781 or agent of the commission may not take any action on behalf of 782 the commission with respect to that licensee or applicant. 783 (e) A licensee or applicant may not knowingly initiate a 784 negotiation for, or discussion of, employment with a member, 785 employee, or agent of the commission. A licensee or applicant 786 who initiates a negotiation or discussion about employment shall 787 immediately provide written notice of the details of the 788 negotiation or discussion to the chair as soon as that person 789 becomes aware that the negotiation or discussion has been 790 initiated with a member, employee, or agent of the commission. 791 (f) A member, employee, or agent of the commission, or a 792 parent, spouse, sibling, or child of a member, employee, or 793 agent of the commission, may not accept any gift, gratuity, 794 compensation, travel, lodging, or anything of value, directly or 795 indirectly, from a licensee, applicant, or affiliate or 796 representative of a person regulated by the commission unless 797 the acceptance is permitted under the rules of the commission 798 and conforms with chapter 112, Florida Statutes. A member, 799 employee, or agent of the commission who is offered or receives 800 any gift, gratuity, compensation, travel, lodging, or anything 801 of value, directly or indirectly, from any licensee or an 802 applicant or affiliate or representative of a person regulated 803 by the commission must immediately provide written notice of the 804 details to the chair. 805 (g) A licensee, applicant, or affiliate or representative 806 of an applicant or licensee may not, directly or indirectly, 807 knowingly give or offer to give any gift, gratuity, 808 compensation, travel, lodging, or anything of value to any 809 member, employee, or agent, or to a parent, spouse, sibling, or 810 child of a member, employee, or agent, which the member, 811 employee, or agent is prohibited from accepting under paragraph 812 (f). 813 (h) A member, employee, or agent of the commission may not 814 engage in any conduct that constitutes a conflict of interest, 815 and must immediately advise the chair in writing of the details 816 of any incident or circumstances that would suggest the 817 existence of a conflict of interest with respect to the 818 performance of commission-related work or duty of the member, 819 employee, or agent of the commission. 820 (i) A member, employee, or agent of the commission who is 821 approached and offered a bribe must immediately provide a 822 written account of the details of the incident to the chair and 823 to a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the matter. 824 Section 12. Ex parte communications.— 825 (1) A licensee, applicant, or any affiliate or 826 representative of an applicant or licensee may not engage 827 directly or indirectly in ex parte communications concerning a 828 pending application, license, or enforcement action with a 829 member of the commission or concerning a matter that likely will 830 be pending before the commission. A member of the commission may 831 not engage directly or indirectly in any ex parte communications 832 concerning a pending application, license, or enforcement action 833 with members of the commission, or with a licensee, applicant, 834 or any affiliate or representative of an applicant or licensee, 835 or concerning a matter that likely will be pending before the 836 commission. 837 (2) Any commission member, licensee, applicant, or 838 affiliate or representative of a commission member, licensee, or 839 applicant who receives any ex parte communication in violation 840 of subsection (1), or who is aware of an attempted communication 841 in violation of subsection (1), must immediately report details 842 of the communication or attempted communication in writing to 843 the chair. 844 (3) If a commissioner knowingly receives an ex parte 845 communication relative to a proceeding to which he or she is 846 assigned, he or she must place on the record copies of all 847 written communications received, copies of all written responses 848 to the communications, and a memorandum stating the substance of 849 all oral communications received and all oral responses made, 850 and shall give written notice to all parties to the 851 communication that such matters have been placed on the record. 852 Any party who desires to respond to an ex parte communication 853 may do so. The response must be received by the commission 854 within 10 days after receiving notice that the ex parte 855 communication has been placed on the record. The commissioner 856 may, if he or she deems it necessary to eliminate the effect of 857 an ex parte communication received by him or her, withdraw from 858 the proceeding potentially impacted by the ex parte 859 communication. After a commissioner withdraws from the 860 proceeding, the chair shall substitute another commissioner for 861 the proceeding if the proceeding was not assigned to the full 862 commission. 863 (4) Any individual who makes an ex parte communication must 864 submit to the commission a written statement describing the 865 nature of such communication, including the name of the person 866 making the communication, the name of the commissioner or 867 commissioners receiving the communication, copies of all written 868 communications made, all written responses to such 869 communications, and a memorandum stating the substance of all 870 oral communications received and all oral responses made. The 871 commission shall place on the record of a proceeding all such 872 communications. 873 (5) A member of the commission who knowingly fails to place 874 on the record any ex parte communications, in violation of this 875 section, within 15 days after the date of the communication is 876 subject to removal and may be assessed a civil penalty not to 877 exceed $5,000. 878 (6) The Commission on Ethics shall receive and investigate 879 sworn complaints of violations of this section pursuant to ss. 880 112.322-112.3241, Florida Statutes. 881 (7) If the Commission on Ethics finds that a member of the 882 commission has violated this section, it shall provide the 883 Governor with a report of its findings and recommendations. The 884 Governor may enforce the findings and recommendations of the 885 Commission on Ethics pursuant to part III of chapter 112, 886 Florida Statutes. 887 (8) If a commissioner fails or refuses to pay the 888 Commission on Ethics any civil penalties assessed pursuant to 889 this section, the Commission on Ethics may bring an action in 890 any circuit court to enforce such penalty. 891 (9) If, during the course of an investigation by the 892 Commission on Ethics into an alleged violation of this section, 893 allegations are made as to the identity of the person who 894 participated in the ex parte communication, that person must be 895 given notice and an opportunity to participate in the 896 investigation and relevant proceedings to present a defense. If 897 the Commission on Ethics determines that the person participated 898 in the ex parte communication, the person may not appear before 899 the commission or otherwise represent anyone before the 900 commission for 2 years. 901 Section 13. Penalties for misconduct by a commissioner, 902 employee, or agent.— 903 (1) A violation of the Resort Act by a member of the 904 commission may result in disqualification or constitute cause 905 for removal by the Governor or other disciplinary action as 906 determined by the commission. 907 (2) A violation of the Resort Act by an employee or agent 908 of the commission does not require termination of employment or 909 other disciplinary action if: 910 (a) The commission determines that the conduct involved 911 does not violate the purposes the Resort Act; or 912 (b) There was no intentional action on the part of the 913 employee or agent, contingent on divestment of the financial 914 interest within 30 days after the interest was acquired. 915 (3) Notwithstanding subsection (2), an employee or agent of 916 the commission who violates the Resort Act shall be terminated 917 if a financial interest in a licensee, applicant, or affiliate, 918 or representative of a licensee or applicant, is acquired by: 919 (a) An employee of the commission; or 920 (b) The employee’s or agent’s spouse, parent, or child. 921 (4) A violation the Resort Act does not create a civil 922 cause of action. 923 Section 14. Authorization of limited gaming at destination 924 resorts.—Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the 925 commission may not award a resort license authorizing limited 926 gaming unless a majority of the electors in a countywide 927 referendum have approved the conduct of limited gaming in the 928 respective county. If limited gaming is authorized through the 929 award of a resort license, the resort licensee may possess slot 930 machines and other authorized gaming devices and conduct limited 931 gaming at the licensed location. Notwithstanding any other 932 provision of law, a person may lawfully participate in 933 authorized games at a facility licensed to possess authorized 934 limited gaming devices and conduct limited gaming or to 935 participate in limited gaming as described in the Resort Act. 936 Section 15. Legislative authority; administration of act. 937 The regulation of the conduct of limited gaming activity at a 938 resort licensee is preempted to the state and a county, 939 municipality, or other political subdivision of the state may 940 not enact any ordinance relating to limited gaming. Only the 941 commission and other authorized state agencies shall administer 942 the Resort Act and regulate limited gaming, including limited 943 gaming at resort licensees and the assessment of fees or taxes 944 relating to the conduct of limited gaming. 945 Section 16. Process for awarding destination resort 946 licenses.— 947 (1) The commission shall by rule use an invitation to 948 negotiate process for determining the award of a resort license. 949 The application, review, and issuance procedures for awarding a 950 license shall be by a process in which applicants rely on forms 951 provided by the commission in response to an invitation to 952 negotiate issued by the commission. 953 (2) The commission may, at its discretion, stagger the 954 issuance of invitations to negotiate, the period for review of 955 replies, and the awarding of one or more licenses to conduct 956 limited gaming, provided that the number of licenses does not 957 exceed five destination resort licensees. Invitations to 958 negotiate shall require a response within no less than 6 months 959 of the date after the issuance of the invitation. 960 (3) The commission may specify in its invitation to 961 negotiate the district in which the facility would be located. 962 When determining whether to authorize the destination resort 963 located within a specific county or counties, the commission 964 shall, if practicable, hold a public hearing in such county or 965 counties. 966 (4) The commission shall review all complete replies 967 received pursuant to an invitation to negotiate. The commission 968 may select one or more replies with which to commence 969 negotiations after determining which replies are in the best 970 interest of the state based on the selection criteria. The 971 commission shall award or deny a destination resort license 972 within 12 months after the deadline for the submission of a 973 reply. 974 Section 17. Criteria for the award of a destination resort 975 license.- 976 (1) The commission may award a resort license to the 977 applicant of an invitation to negotiate which best serves the 978 interests of the residents of Florida. The reply to an 979 invitation to negotiate for a resort license must include an 980 application that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to meet 981 the following minimum criteria: 982 (a) Only one destination resort license may be awarded per 983 district. 984 (b) The applicant must demonstrate a capacity to increase 985 tourism, generate jobs, provide revenue to the local economy, 986 and provide revenue to the General Revenue Fund. 987 (c) The resort must provide a minimum of 1,000 hotel rooms. 988 (d) The resort must contain convention and meeting floor 989 space of at least 500,000 square feet. 990 (e) The area in which the conduct of limited gaming is 991 authorized may constitute no more than 10 percent of the resort 992 development’s total square footage. The resort development’s 993 total square footage is the aggregate of the total square 994 footage of the limited gaming facility, the hotel or hotels, 995 convention space, retail facilities, nongaming entertainment 996 facilities, service centers, and office space or administrative 997 areas. 998 (f) The applicant must demonstrate a history of, or a bona 999 fide plan for, community involvement or investment in the 1000 community where the resort having a limited gaming facility will 1001 be located. 1002 (g) The applicant must demonstrate the financial ability to 1003 purchase and maintain an adequate surety bond. 1004 (h) The applicant must demonstrate that it has adequate 1005 capitalization to develop, construct, maintain, and operate the 1006 proposed resort and convention center having a limited gaming 1007 facility in accordance with the requirements of the Resort Act 1008 and rules adopted by the commission and to responsibly meet its 1009 secured and unsecured debt obligations in accordance with its 1010 financial and other contractual agreements. 1011 (i) The applicant shall demonstrate the ability to 1012 implement a program to train and employ residents of this state 1013 for jobs that will be available at the destination resort, 1014 including its ability to implement a program for the training of 1015 low-income persons. 1016 (j) The commission may, at its discretion, assess the 1017 quality of the proposed development’s aesthetic appearance in 1018 the context of its potential to provide substantial economic 1019 benefits to the community and the people of Florida, including, 1020 but not limited to its potential to provide substantial 1021 employment opportunities. 1022 (k) The applicant shall demonstrate how it will comply with 1023 state and federal affirmative action guidelines. 1024 (l) The applicant shall demonstrate the ability to generate 1025 substantial gross receipts. 1026 (2) A resort license may be issued only to persons of good 1027 moral character who are at least 21 years of age. A resort 1028 license may issued to a corporation only if its officers are of 1029 good moral character and at least 21 years of age. 1030 (3) A resort license may not be issued to an applicant if 1031 the applicant, qualifier, or institutional investor: 1032 (a) Has, within the last 10 years, filed for protection 1033 under the Federal Bankruptcy Code or had an involuntary 1034 bankruptcy petition filed against them. 1035 (b) Has, within the last 5 years, been adjudicated by a 1036 court or tribunal for failure to pay income, sales, or gross 1037 receipts tax due and payable under any federal, state, or local 1038 law, after exhaustion of all appeals or administrative remedies. 1039 (c) Has been convicted of a felony under the laws of this 1040 or any other state, or the United States. 1041 (d) Has been convicted of any violation under chapter 817, 1042 Florida Statutes, or under a substantially similar law of 1043 another jurisdiction. 1044 (e) Knowingly submitted false information in the 1045 application for the license. 1046 (f) Is a member or employee of the commission. 1047 (g) Was licensed to own or operate gaming or pari-mutuel 1048 facilities in this state or another jurisdiction and that 1049 license was revoked. 1050 (h) Fails to meet any other criteria for licensure set 1051 forth in the Resort Act. 1052 1053 The term “conviction” includes an adjudication of guilt on a 1054 plea of guilty or nolo contendere or the forfeiture of a bond 1055 when charged with a crime. 1056 Section 18. Application for destination resort license.— 1057 (1) APPLICATION.—A reply submitted in response to an 1058 invitation to negotiate must include a sworn application in the 1059 format prescribed by the commission. The application must 1060 include the following information: 1061 (a)1. The name, business address, telephone number, social 1062 security number, and, where applicable, the federal tax 1063 identification number of the applicant and each qualifier; and 1064 2. Information, documentation, and assurances concerning 1065 financial background and resources as may be required to 1066 establish the financial stability, integrity, and responsibility 1067 of the applicant. This includes business and personal income and 1068 disbursement schedules, tax returns and other reports filed with 1069 governmental agencies, and business and personal accounting and 1070 check records and ledgers. In addition, each applicant must 1071 provide written authorization for the examination of all bank 1072 accounts and records as may be deemed necessary by the 1073 commission. 1074 (b) The identity and, if applicable, the state of 1075 incorporation or registration of any business in which the 1076 applicant or a qualifier has an equity interest of more than 5 1077 percent. If the applicant or qualifier is a corporation, 1078 partnership, or other business entity, the applicant or 1079 qualifier must identify any other corporation, partnership, or 1080 other business entity in which it has an equity interest of more 1081 5 percent, including, if applicable, the state of incorporation 1082 or registration. 1083 (c) A statement as to whether the applicant or a qualifier 1084 has developed and operated a gaming facility within a 1085 jurisdiction in the United States, including a description of 1086 the gaming facility, the gaming facility’s gross revenue, and 1087 the amount of revenue the gaming facility has generated for 1088 state and local governments within that jurisdiction. 1089 (d) A statement as to whether the applicant or a qualifier 1090 has been indicted, convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere 1091 to, or forfeited bail for any felony or for a misdemeanor 1092 involving gambling, theft, or fraud. The statement must include 1093 the date, the name and location of the court, the arresting 1094 agency, the prosecuting agency, the case caption, the docket 1095 number, the nature of the offense, the disposition of the case, 1096 and, if applicable, the location and length of incarceration. 1097 (e) A statement as to whether the applicant or a qualifier 1098 has ever been granted any license or certificate in any 1099 jurisdiction which has been restricted, suspended, revoked, not 1100 renewed, or otherwise subjected to discipline. The statement 1101 must describe the facts and circumstances concerning that 1102 restriction, suspension, revocation, nonrenewal, or discipline, 1103 including the licensing authority, the date each action was 1104 taken, and an explanation of the circumstances for each 1105 disciplinary action. 1106 (f) A statement as to whether the applicant or qualifier 1107 has, as a principal or a controlling shareholder, within the 1108 last 10 years, filed for protection under the Federal Bankruptcy 1109 Code or had an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed against it. 1110 (g) A statement as to whether the applicant or qualifier 1111 has, within the last 5 years, been adjudicated by a court or 1112 tribunal for failure to pay any income, sales, or gross receipts 1113 tax due and payable under federal, state, or local law, after 1114 exhaustion of all appeals or administrative remedies. This 1115 statement must identify the amount and type of the tax and the 1116 time periods involved and must describe the resolution of the 1117 nonpayment. 1118 (h) A list of the names and titles of any public officials 1119 or officers of any unit of state government or of the local 1120 government or governments in the county or municipality in which 1121 the proposed resort is to be located, and the spouses, parents, 1122 and children of those public officials or officers, who, 1123 directly or indirectly, own any financial interest in, have any 1124 beneficial interest in, are the creditors of, hold any debt 1125 instrument issued by the applicant or a qualifier, or hold or 1126 have an interest in any contractual or service relationship with 1127 the applicant or qualifier. As used in this paragraph, the terms 1128 “public official” and “officer” do not include a person who 1129 would be listed solely because the person is a member of the 1130 Florida National Guard. 1131 (i) The name and business telephone number of any attorney, 1132 lobbyist, or other person who is representing an applicant 1133 before the commission during the application process. 1134 (j) A description of the applicant’s history of and 1135 proposed plan for community involvement or investment in the 1136 community where the resort having a limited gaming facility 1137 would be located. 1138 (k) A description of the applicant’s proposed resort, 1139 including a description of the economic benefit to the community 1140 in which the facility would be located, the anticipated number 1141 of employees, a statement regarding how the applicant would 1142 comply with federal and state affirmative action guidelines, a 1143 projection of admissions or attendance at the limited gaming 1144 facility, a projection of gross receipts, and scientific market 1145 research pertaining to the proposed facility, if any. 1146 (l) Proof of a countywide referendum authorizing limited 1147 gaming at a resort in the county. The referendum must be 1148 approved by the electors of the county before the application 1149 deadline established by the commission. 1150 (m) A schedule or timeframe for completing the resort. 1151 (n) A plan for training residents of this state for jobs at 1152 the resort. The job-training plan must provide training to 1153 enable low-income persons to qualify for jobs at the resort. 1154 (o) The identity of each person, association, trust, or 1155 corporation or partnership having a direct or indirect equity 1156 interest in the applicant of greater than 5 percent. If 1157 disclosure of a trust is required under this paragraph, the 1158 names and addresses of the beneficiaries of the trust must also 1159 be disclosed. If the identity of a corporation must be 1160 disclosed, the names and addresses of all stockholders and 1161 directors must also be disclosed. If the identity of a 1162 partnership must be disclosed, the names and addresses of all 1163 partners, both general and limited, must also be disclosed. 1164 (p) A destination resort and limited gaming facility 1165 development plan. 1166 (q) The fingerprints of the all officers or directors of 1167 the applicant and qualifiers, and any persons exercising 1168 operational or managerial control of the applicant, as 1169 determined by rule of the commission, for a criminal history 1170 record check. 1171 (2) DISCRETION TO REQUIRE INFORMATION.—Notwithstanding any 1172 other provision of law, the commission is the sole authority for 1173 determining the information or documentation that must be 1174 included in an application for a resort license or in an 1175 application to renew a resort license. Such documentation and 1176 information may relate to: demographics, education, work 1177 history, personal background, criminal history, finances, 1178 business information, complaints, inspections, investigations, 1179 discipline, bonding, photographs, performance periods, 1180 reciprocity, local government approvals, supporting 1181 documentation, periodic reporting requirements, and fingerprint 1182 requirements. 1183 (3) DUTY TO SUPPLEMENT APPLICATION.—The application shall 1184 be supplemented as needed to reflect any material change in any 1185 circumstance or condition stated in the application which takes 1186 place between the initial filing of the application and the 1187 final grant or denial of the license. Any submission required to 1188 be in writing may otherwise be required by the commission to be 1189 made by electronic means. 1190 (4) CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS.—The commission may contract 1191 with private vendors, or enter into interagency agreements, to 1192 collect electronic fingerprints where fingerprints are required 1193 for licensure or where criminal history record checks are 1194 required. 1195 (5) APPLICATION FEES.— 1196 (a) The application for a resort license must be submitted 1197 along with a nonrefundable application fee of $1 million to be 1198 used by the commission to defray costs associated with the 1199 review and investigation of the application and to conduct a 1200 background investigation of the applicant and each qualifier. If 1201 the cost of the review and investigation exceeds $1 million, the 1202 applicant must pay the additional amount to the commission 1203 within 30 days after the receipt of a request for an additional 1204 payment. 1205 (b) The application for a destination resort license must 1206 be submitted with a one-time licensing fee of $50 million. If 1207 the commission denies the application, the commission must 1208 refund the licensing fee within 30 days after the denial of the 1209 application. If the applicant withdraws the application after 1210 the application deadline established by the commission, the 1211 commission must refund 80 percent of the licensing fee within 30 1212 days after the application is withdrawn. 1213 Section 19. Incomplete applications.— 1214 (1) An incomplete application for a resort license is 1215 grounds for the denial of the application. 1216 (2)(a) If the commission determines that an application for 1217 a resort license is incomplete, the executive director shall 1218 immediately provide written notice to the applicant of the 1219 incomplete items. The applicant may then request a confidential 1220 informal conference with the executive director or his designee 1221 to discuss the application. 1222 (b) The executive director shall provide the applicant an 1223 extension of 30 days to complete the application following the 1224 date of the informal conference. If the executive director finds 1225 that the application has not been completed within the 1226 extension, the applicant may appeal the finding to the 1227 commission. During an extension or the pendency of an appeal to 1228 the commission, the award of resort licenses in the applicable 1229 district is stayed. 1230 Section 20. Institutional investors as qualifiers.— 1231 (1) An application for a resort license that has an 1232 institutional investor as a qualifier need not contain 1233 information relating to the institutional investor other than 1234 the identity of the investor and information relating to 1235 qualifications under the Resort Act if the institutional 1236 investor: 1237 (a) Holds less than 5 percent of the equity securities or 5 1238 percent of the debt securities of an applicant or affiliate of 1239 the applicant; 1240 (b) Is a publicly traded corporation; and 1241 (c) Files a certified statement that the institutional 1242 investor does not intend to influence or affect the affairs of 1243 the applicant or an affiliate of the applicant and further 1244 states that its holdings of securities of the applicant or 1245 affiliate were purchased for investment purposes only. 1246 1247 The commission may limit the application requirements as 1248 provided in this subsection for an institutional investor that 1249 is a qualifier and that holds 5 percent or more of the equity or 1250 debt securities of an applicant or affiliate of the applicant 1251 upon a showing of good cause and if the conditions specified in 1252 paragraphs (b) and (c) are satisfied. 1253 (2) An institutional investor that is exempt from the full 1254 application requirements under this section and that 1255 subsequently intends to influence or affect the affairs of the 1256 issuer must first notify the commission of its intent and file 1257 an application containing all of the information that would have 1258 been required of the institutional investor in the application 1259 for a resort license. The commission may deny the application if 1260 it determines that granting the application will impair the 1261 financial stability of the licensee or impair the ability of the 1262 licensee to comply with its development plans or other plans 1263 submitted to the commission by the applicant or licensee. 1264 (3) An applicant for a license or a resort licensee or 1265 affiliate shall immediately notify the commission of any 1266 information concerning an institutional investor holding its 1267 equity or debt securities which may disqualify an institutional 1268 investor from having a direct or indirect interest in the 1269 applicant or licensee, and the commission may require the 1270 institutional investor to file all information that would have 1271 been required of the institutional investor in the application 1272 for a license. 1273 (4) If the commission finds that an institutional investor 1274 that is a qualifier fails to comply with the requirements of 1275 subsection (1) or, if at any time the commission finds that by 1276 reason of the extent or nature of its holdings an institutional 1277 investor is in a position to exercise a substantial impact upon 1278 the controlling interests of a licensee, the commission may 1279 require the institutional investor to file an application 1280 containing all of information that would have been required of 1281 the institutional investor in the application for a license. 1282 (5) Notwithstanding paragraph (1)(c), an institutional 1283 investor may vote on all matters that are put to the vote of the 1284 outstanding security holders of the applicant or licensee. 1285 Section 21. Lenders and underwriters; exemption as 1286 qualifiers.—A bank, lending institution, or any underwriter in 1287 connection with any bank or lending institution that, in the 1288 ordinary course of business, makes a loan to, or holds a 1289 security interest in, a licensee or applicant, a supplier 1290 licensee or applicant or its subsidiary, or direct or indirect 1291 parent company of any of the foregoing is not a qualifier and is 1292 not required to be licensed. 1293 Section 22. Conditions for a resort license.—As a condition 1294 to licensure and to maintain continuing authority, a resort 1295 licensee must: 1296 (1) Comply with the Resort Act and the rules of the 1297 commission. 1298 (2) Allow the commission and the Department of Law 1299 Enforcement unrestricted access to and right of inspection of 1300 facilities of a licensee in which any activity relative to the 1301 conduct of gaming is conducted. 1302 (3) Complete the resort in accordance with the plans and 1303 timeframe proposed to the commission in its application, unless 1304 a waiver is granted by the commission. 1305 (4) Ensure that the facilities-based computer system that 1306 the licensee will use for operational and accounting functions 1307 of the facility is specifically structured to facilitate 1308 regulatory oversight. The facilities-based computer system shall 1309 be designed to provide the commission and the Department of Law 1310 Enforcement with the ability to monitor, at any time on a real 1311 time basis, the wagering patterns, payouts, tax collection, and 1312 such other operations as necessary to determine whether the 1313 facility is in compliance with statutory provisions and rules 1314 adopted by the commission for the regulation and control of 1315 gaming. The commission and the Department of Law Enforcement 1316 shall have complete and continuous access to this system. Such 1317 access shall include the ability of either the commission or the 1318 Department of Law Enforcement to suspend play immediately on 1319 particular slot machines or gaming devices if monitoring of the 1320 system indicates possible tampering or manipulation of those 1321 slot machines or gaming devices or the ability to suspend play 1322 immediately of the entire operation if the tampering or 1323 manipulation is of the computer system itself. The computer 1324 system shall be reviewed and approved by the commission to 1325 ensure necessary access, security, and functionality. The 1326 commission may adopt rules to provide for the approval process. 1327 (5) Ensure that each game, slot machine, or other gaming 1328 device is protected from manipulation or tampering that may 1329 affect the random probabilities of winning plays. The commission 1330 or the Department of Law Enforcement may suspend play upon 1331 reasonable suspicion of any manipulation or tampering. If play 1332 has been suspended on any game, slot machine, or other gaming 1333 device, the commission or the Department of Law Enforcement may 1334 conduct an examination to determine whether the game, machine, 1335 or other gaming device has been tampered with or manipulated and 1336 whether the game, machine, or other gaming device should be 1337 returned to operation. 1338 (6) Submit a security plan, including the facilities’ floor 1339 plans, the locations of security cameras, and a listing of all 1340 security equipment that is capable of observing and 1341 electronically recording activities being conducted in the 1342 facilities of the licensee. The security plan must meet the 1343 minimum security requirements as determined by the commission 1344 and be implemented before the operation of gaming. The 1345 licensee’s facilities must adhere to the security plan at all 1346 times. Any changes to the security plan must be submitted by the 1347 licensee to the commission prior to implementation. The 1348 commission shall furnish copies of the security plan and changes 1349 in the plan to the Department of Law Enforcement. 1350 (7) Create and file with the commission a written policy 1351 for: 1352 (a) Creating opportunities to purchase from vendors in this 1353 state, including minority vendors. 1354 (b) Creating opportunities for the employment of residents 1355 of this state, including minority residents. 1356 (c) Ensuring opportunities for obtaining construction 1357 services from minority contractors. 1358 (d) Ensuring that opportunities for employment are offered 1359 on an equal, nondiscriminatory basis. 1360 (e) Training employees on responsible gaming and working 1361 with a compulsive or addictive gambling prevention program. 1362 (f) Implementing a drug-testing program that includes, but 1363 is not limited to, requiring each employee to sign an agreement 1364 that he or she understands that the resort is a drug-free 1365 workplace. 1366 (g) Using the Internet-based job-listing system of the 1367 Agency for Workforce Innovation in advertising employment 1368 opportunities. 1369 (h) Ensuring that the payout percentage of each slot 1370 machine is at least 85 percent. 1371 (8) A resort licensee shall keep and maintain permanent 1372 daily records of its limited gaming operations and shall 1373 maintain such records for a period of not less than 5 years. 1374 These records must include all financial transactions and 1375 contain sufficient detail to determine compliance with the 1376 requirements of the Resort Act. All records shall be available 1377 for audit and inspection by the commission, the Department of 1378 Law Enforcement, or other law enforcement agencies during the 1379 resort licensee’s regular business hours. 1380 Section 23. Surety bond.—A destination resort licensee 1381 must, at its own cost and expense, before the license is 1382 delivered, give a bond in the penal sum to be determined by the 1383 commission payable to the Governor of the state and her or his 1384 successors in office. The bond must be issued by a surety or 1385 sureties approved by the commission and the Chief Financial 1386 Officer and the bond must be conditioned on the licensee 1387 faithfully making the required payments to the Chief Financial 1388 Officer in her or his capacity as treasurer of the commission, 1389 keeping the licensee’s books and records and make reports as 1390 provided, and conducting its limited gaming activities in 1391 conformity with the Resort Act. The commission shall fix the 1392 amount of the bond at the total amount of annual license fees 1393 and the taxes estimated to become due as determined by the 1394 commission. In lieu of a bond, an applicant or licensee may 1395 deposit with the commission a like amount of funds, a savings 1396 certificate, a certificate of deposit, an investment 1397 certificate, or a letter of credit from a bank, savings bank, 1398 credit union, or savings and loan association situated in this 1399 state which meets the requirements set for that purpose by the 1400 Chief Financial Officer. If security is provided in the form of 1401 a savings certificate, a certificate of deposit, or an 1402 investment certificate, the certificate must state that the 1403 amount is unavailable for withdrawal except upon order of the 1404 commission. The commission may review the bond or other security 1405 for adequacy and require adjustments, including increasing the 1406 amount of the bond and other security. The commission may adopt 1407 rules to administer this section and establish guidelines for 1408 such bonds or other securities. 1409 Section 24. Conduct of limited gaming.— 1410 (1) Limited gaming may be conducted by a resort licensee, 1411 subject to the following: 1412 (a) The site of the limited gaming facility is limited to 1413 the resort licensee’s site location as approved by the 1414 commission. 1415 (b) Limited gaming may not be conducted by a resort 1416 licensee until the resort is completed according to the proposal 1417 approved by the commission. 1418 (c) The commission’s agents and employees may enter and 1419 inspect a limited gaming facility or other facilities relating 1420 to a resort licensee’s gaming operations at any time for the 1421 purpose of determining whether the licensee is in compliance 1422 with the Resort Act. 1423 (d) A resort licensee may lease or purchase gaming devices, 1424 equipment, or supplies customarily used in conducting gaming 1425 only from a licensed supplier. 1426 (e) A resort licensee may not permit any form of wagering 1427 on games except as permitted by the Resort Act. 1428 (f) A resort licensee may receive wagers only from a person 1429 present in the limited gaming facility. 1430 (g) A resort licensee may not permit wagering using money 1431 or other negotiable currency except for wagering on slot 1432 machines. 1433 (h) A resort licensee may not permit a person who is less 1434 than 21 years of age to engage in gaming activity or remain in 1435 an area of a limited gaming facility where gaming is being 1436 conducted, except for a limited gaming employee of the resort 1437 licensee who is at least 18 years of age. 1438 (i) A resort licensee may not sell or distribute tokens, 1439 chips, or electronic cards used to make wagers outside the 1440 limited gaming facility. The tokens, chips, or electronic cards 1441 may be purchased by means of an agreement under which the 1442 licensee extends credit to a wagerer. The tokens, chips, or 1443 electronic cards may be used only for the purpose of making 1444 wagers on games within a limited gaming facility. 1445 (j) All gaming activities must be conducted in accordance 1446 with commission rules. 1447 (2) A limited gaming facility may operate 24 hours per day, 1448 every day of the year. 1449 (3) A resort licensee may set the minimum and maximum 1450 wagers on all games. 1451 (4) A resort licensee shall give preference in employment, 1452 reemployment, promotion, and retention to veterans and to the 1453 persons included under s. 295.07(1), Florida Statutes, who 1454 possess the minimum qualifications necessary to perform the 1455 duties of the positions involved. 1456 (5) A resort licensee shall use the E-Verify program, or a 1457 similar program developed under the Immigration Reform and 1458 Control Act of 1986 or the Illegal Immigration Reform and 1459 Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, to verify the employment 1460 eligibility of all prospective employees. Applicants for a 1461 resort license must require that all contractors use such a 1462 program to verify the employment eligibility of their 1463 prospective employees. 1464 (6) The commission shall renew a resort license if: 1465 (a) The licensee has demonstrated an effort to increase 1466 tourism, generate jobs, provide revenue to the local economy, 1467 and provide revenue to the state General Revenue Fund. 1468 (b) The commission has not suspended or revoked the license 1469 of the licensee. 1470 (c) The licensee continues to satisfy all the requirements 1471 of the initial application for licensure. 1472 Section 25. License fee; tax rate; disposition.— 1473 (1) LICENSE FEE.—On the anniversary date of the issuance of 1474 the initial resort license and annually thereafter, the licensee 1475 must pay to the commission a nonrefundable annual license fee of 1476 $5 million. The license shall be renewed annually, unless the 1477 commission has revoked the license for a violation of the Resort 1478 Act or rule of the commission. The license fee shall be 1479 deposited into the Destination Resort Trust Fund to be used by 1480 the commission and the Department of Law Enforcement for 1481 investigations, regulation of limited gaming, and enforcement of 1482 the Resort Act. 1483 (2) GROSS RECEIPTS TAX.— 1484 (a) Each resort licensee shall pay a gross receipts tax on 1485 its gross receipts to the state. Upon completion of the resort 1486 and before limited gaming may be conducted, the resort licensee 1487 must submit proof, as required by the commission, of the total 1488 investment made in the construction of the resort. Upon 1489 submission of this information, the gross receipts tax rate 1490 shall be set as follows: 1491 1. If the total infrastructure investment is $2 billion or 1492 more, the tax rate shall be 10 percent of the gross receipts. 1493 2. If the total infrastructure investment is at least $1 1494 billion but less than $2 billion, the tax rate shall be 15 1495 percent of the gross receipts. 1496 3. If the total infrastructure investment is less than $1 1497 billion, the tax rate shall be 20 percent of the gross receipts. 1498 (b) The gross receipts tax is in lieu of any other state 1499 taxes on gross or adjusted gross receipts of a resort licensee. 1500 (3) TAX PROCEEDS.— 1501 (a) The gross receipts tax shall be deposited into the 1502 Destination Resort Trust Fund and shall be used to fund the 1503 operating costs of the commission pursuant to appropriations by 1504 the Legislature. 1505 (b) On June 30 of each year, all unappropriated funds in 1506 excess of $5 million shall be deposited as follows: 1507 1. Ninety-five percent shall be deposited into the General 1508 Revenue Fund. 1509 2. Two and 1/2 percent shall be deposited into the Tourism 1510 Promotional Trust Fund for use by the Florida Commission on 1511 Tourism. 1512 3. One and 1/4 percent shall be deposited into the 1513 Employment Security Administration Trust Fund for the benefit of 1514 the school readiness program. 1515 4. One and 1/4 percent shall be deposited into the 1516 Transportation Disadvantaged Trust Fund for use by the 1517 Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. 1518 Section 26. Fingerprint requirements.—Any fingerprints 1519 required to be taken under the Resort Act must be taken in a 1520 manner approved by, and shall be submitted electronically by the 1521 commission to, the Department of Law Enforcement. The Department 1522 of Law Enforcement shall submit the results of the state and 1523 national records check to the commission. The commission shall 1524 consider the results of the state and national records check in 1525 evaluating an application for any license. 1526 (1) The cost of processing fingerprints and conducting a 1527 criminal history record check shall be borne by the applicant. 1528 The Department of Law Enforcement may submit a monthly invoice 1529 to the commission for the cost of processing the fingerprints 1530 submitted. 1531 (2) All fingerprints submitted to the Department of Law 1532 Enforcement pursuant to the Resort Act shall be retained by the 1533 Department of Law Enforcement and entered into the statewide 1534 automated fingerprint identification system as authorized by s. 1535 943.05(2)(b), Florida Statutes, and shall be available for all 1536 purposes and uses authorized for arrest fingerprint cards 1537 entered into the statewide automated fingerprint identification 1538 system pursuant to s. 943.051, Florida Statutes. 1539 (3) The Department of Law Enforcement shall search all 1540 arrest fingerprints received pursuant to s. 943.051, Florida 1541 Statutes, against the fingerprints retained in the statewide 1542 automated fingerprint identification system. Any arrest record 1543 that is identified with the retained fingerprints of a person 1544 subject to the criminal history screening under the Resort Act 1545 shall be reported to the commission. Each licensee shall pay a 1546 fee to the commission for the cost of retention of the 1547 fingerprints and the ongoing searches under this subsection. The 1548 commission shall forward the payment to the Department of Law 1549 Enforcement. The amount of the fee to be imposed for performing 1550 these searches and the procedures for the retention of licensee 1551 fingerprints shall be as established by rule of the Department 1552 of Law Enforcement. The commission shall inform the Department 1553 of Law Enforcement of any change in the license status of 1554 licensees whose fingerprints are retained under subsection (2). 1555 (4) The commission shall request the Department of Law 1556 Enforcement to forward the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of 1557 Investigation for a national criminal history records check 1558 every 3 years following issuance of a license. If the 1559 fingerprints of a person who is licensed have not been retained 1560 by the Department of Law Enforcement, the person must file 1561 another set of fingerprints. The commission shall collect the 1562 fees for the cost of the national criminal history record check 1563 under this subsection and shall forward the payment to the 1564 Department of Law Enforcement. The cost of processing 1565 fingerprints and conducting a criminal history record check 1566 under this paragraph shall be borne by the licensee or 1567 applicant. The Department of Law Enforcement may submit an 1568 invoice to the commission for the fingerprints submitted each 1569 month. Under penalty of perjury, each person who is licensed or 1570 who is fingerprinted as required by this section must agree to 1571 inform the commission within 48 hours if he or she is convicted 1572 of or has entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any 1573 disqualifying offense, regardless of adjudication. 1574 Section 27. Compulsive or addictive gambling prevention 1575 program.— 1576 (1) A resort licensee shall offer training to employees on 1577 responsible gaming and shall work with a compulsive or addictive 1578 gambling prevention program to recognize problem gaming 1579 situations and to implement responsible gaming programs and 1580 practices. 1581 (2) The commission shall, subject to competitive bidding, 1582 contract for services relating to the prevention of compulsive 1583 and addictive gambling. The contract shall provide for an 1584 advertising program to encourage responsible gaming practices 1585 and to publicize a gambling telephone help line. Such 1586 advertisements must be made both publicly and inside the 1587 resort’s limited gaming facility. The terms of any contract for 1588 such services shall include accountability standards that must 1589 be met by any private provider. The failure of any private 1590 provider to meet any material terms of the contract, including 1591 the accountability standards, constitutes a breach of contract 1592 or is grounds for nonrenewal. The commission may consult with 1593 the Department of the Lottery or the Department of Business and 1594 Professional Regulation in the development of the program and 1595 the development and analysis of any procurement for contractual 1596 services for the compulsive or addictive gambling prevention 1597 program. 1598 (3) The compulsive or addictive gambling prevention program 1599 shall be funded from an annual nonrefundable regulatory fee of 1600 $250,000 paid by each resort licensee to the commission. 1601 Section 28. Suppliers’ licenses.— 1602 (1) A person must have a supplier’s license in order to 1603 furnish on a regular or continuing basis to a resort licensee or 1604 an applicant for a resort license gaming equipment, devices, or 1605 supplies or other goods or services regarding the realty, 1606 construction, maintenance, or business of a proposed or existing 1607 resort facility. This requirement includes, but is not limited 1608 to, junket enterprises, security businesses, manufacturers, 1609 distributors, persons who service gaming devices or equipment, 1610 garbage haulers, maintenance companies, food purveyors, and 1611 construction companies. 1612 (2) An applicant for a supplier’s license must apply to the 1613 commission on forms adopted by the commission by rule. The 1614 licensing fee for the initial and annual renewal of the license 1615 is $5,000. 1616 (3) An applicant for a supplier’s license must include in 1617 the application the fingerprints of the persons identified by 1618 commission rule for the processing of state and national 1619 criminal history record checks. 1620 (4)(a) An applicant for a supplier’s license is not 1621 eligible for licensure if: 1622 1. A person for whom fingerprinting is required under 1623 subsection (3) has been convicted of a felony under the laws of 1624 this or any other state or the United States; 1625 2. The applicant knowingly submitted false information in 1626 the application for a supplier’s license; 1627 3. The applicant is a member of the commission; 1628 4. The applicant is not a natural person and an officer, 1629 director, or managerial employee of that person is a person 1630 defined in subparagraphs 1.-3.; 1631 5. The applicant is not a natural person and an employee of 1632 the applicant participates in the management or operation of 1633 limited gaming authorized under the Resort Act; or 1634 6. The applicant has had a license to own or operate a 1635 resort facility or pari-mutuel facility in this or a similar 1636 license in any other jurisdiction revoked. 1637 (b) The commission may revoke a supplier’s license at any 1638 time it determines that the licensee no longer satisfies the 1639 eligibility requirements in this subsection. 1640 (5) The commission may deny an application for a supplier’s 1641 license for any person: 1642 (a) Who is not qualified to perform the duties required of 1643 the licensee; 1644 (b) Who fails to disclose information or knowingly submits 1645 false information in the application; 1646 (c) Who has violated the Resort Act or rules of the 1647 commission; or 1648 (d) Who has had a gaming-related license or application 1649 suspended, restricted, revoked, or denied for misconduct in any 1650 other jurisdiction. 1651 (6) A supplier licensee shall: 1652 (a) Furnish to the commission a list of all gaming 1653 equipment, devices, and supplies it offers for sale or lease in 1654 connection with limited gaming authorized in the Resort Act; 1655 (b) Keep books and records documenting the furnishing of 1656 gaming equipment, devices, and supplies to resort licensees 1657 separate and distinct from any other business that the supplier 1658 operates; 1659 (c) File quarterly returns with the commission listing all 1660 sales or leases of gaming equipment, devices, or supplies to 1661 resort licensees; 1662 (d) Permanently affix its name to all gaming equipment, 1663 devices, or supplies sold or leased to licensees; and 1664 (e) File an annual report listing its inventories of gaming 1665 equipment, devices, and supplies. 1666 (7) All gaming devices, equipment, or supplies furnished by 1667 a licensed supplier must conform to standards adopted by 1668 commission rule. 1669 (8)(a) The commission may suspend, revoke, or restrict the 1670 supplier’s license of a licensee: 1671 1. Who violates the Resort Act or the rules of the 1672 commission; or 1673 2. Who defaults on the payment of any obligation or debt 1674 due to this state or a county. 1675 (b) The commission must revoke the supplier’s license of a 1676 licensee for any cause that, if known to the commission, would 1677 have disqualified the applicant from receiving a license. 1678 (9) A supplier’s licensee may repair gaming equipment, 1679 devices, or supplies in a facility owned or leased by the 1680 licensee. 1681 (10) Gaming devices, equipment, or supplies owned by a 1682 supplier’s licensee which are used in an unauthorized gaming 1683 operation shall be forfeited to the county where the equipment 1684 is found. 1685 (11) The commission may revoke the license or deny the 1686 application for a supplier’s license of a person who fails to 1687 comply with this section. 1688 (12) A person who knowingly makes a false statement on an 1689 application for a supplier’s license commits a misdemeanor of 1690 the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 1691 775.083, Florida Statutes. 1692 Section 29. Occupational licenses.— 1693 (1) The Legislature finds that, due to the nature of their 1694 employment, some gaming employees require heightened state 1695 scrutiny, including licensing and criminal history record 1696 checks. 1697 (2) Any person who desires to be a gaming employee and has 1698 a bona fide offer of employment from a licensed gaming entity 1699 shall apply to the commission for an occupational license. A 1700 person may not be employed as a gaming employee unless that 1701 person holds an appropriate occupational license issued under 1702 this section. The commission may adopt rules to reclassify a 1703 category of nongaming employees or gaming employees upon a 1704 finding that the reclassification is in the public interest and 1705 consistent with the objectives of the Resort Act. 1706 (3) An applicant for an occupational license must apply to 1707 the commission on forms adopted by the commission by rule. An 1708 occupational license is valid for 1 year following issuance. The 1709 application must be accompanied by the licensing fee set by the 1710 commission. The licensing fee may not exceed $50 for an employee 1711 of a resort licensee. 1712 (a) The applicant shall set forth in the application 1713 whether the applicant: 1714 1. Has been issued a gaming-related license in any 1715 jurisdiction. 1716 2. Has been issued a gaming-related license in any other 1717 jurisdiction under any other name and, if so, the name and the 1718 applicant’s age at the time of licensure. 1719 3. Has had a permit or license issued by another 1720 jurisdiction suspended, restricted, or revoked and, if so, for 1721 what period of time. 1722 (b) An applicant for an occupational license must include 1723 his or her fingerprints in the application. 1724 (4) To be eligible for an occupational license, an 1725 applicant must: 1726 (a) Be at least 21 years of age to perform any function 1727 directly relating to limited gaming by patrons; 1728 (b) Be at least 18 years of age to perform nongaming 1729 functions; 1730 (c) Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime 1731 involving dishonesty or moral turpitude in any jurisdiction; and 1732 (d) Meet the standards for the occupational license as 1733 provided in commission rules. 1734 (5) The commission must deny an application for an 1735 occupational license for any person: 1736 (a) Who is not qualified to perform the duties required of 1737 the licensee; 1738 (b) Who fails to disclose or knowingly submits false 1739 information in the application; 1740 (c) Who has violated the Resort Act; or 1741 (d) Who has had a gaming-related license or application 1742 suspended, restricted, revoked, or denied in any other 1743 jurisdiction. 1744 (6)(a) The commission may suspend, revoke, or restrict the 1745 occupational license of a licensee: 1746 1. Who violates the Resort Act or the rules of the 1747 commission; 1748 2. Who defaults on the payment of any obligation or debt 1749 due to this state or a county; or 1750 3. For any just cause. 1751 (b) The commission shall revoke the occupational license of 1752 a licensee for any cause that, if known to the commission, would 1753 have disqualified the applicant from receiving a license. 1754 (7) Any training provided for an occupational licensee may 1755 be conducted in the facility of a resort licensee or at a school 1756 with which the resort licensee has entered into an agreement for 1757 that purpose. 1758 (8) A person who knowingly makes a false statement on an 1759 application for an occupational license commits a misdemeanor of 1760 the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 1761 775.083, Florida Statutes. 1762 Section 30. Temporary supplier’s license; temporary 1763 occupational license.— 1764 (1) Upon the written request of an applicant for a 1765 supplier’s license or an occupational license, the executive 1766 director shall issue a temporary license to the applicant and 1767 permit the applicant to undertake employment with or provide 1768 gaming equipment, devices, or supplies or other goods or 1769 services to a resort licensee or an applicant for a resort 1770 license if: 1771 (a) The applicant has submitted a completed application, an 1772 application fee, all required disclosure forms, and other 1773 required written documentation and materials; 1774 (b) A preliminary review of the application and the 1775 criminal history record check does not reveal that the applicant 1776 or a person subject to a criminal history record check has been 1777 convicted of a crime that would require denial of the 1778 application; 1779 (c) A deficiency does not appear to exist in the 1780 application which may require denial of the application; and 1781 (d) The applicant has an offer of employment from, or an 1782 agreement to begin providing gaming devices, equipment, or 1783 supplies or other goods and services to, a resort licensee or an 1784 applicant for a resort license, or the applicant for a temporary 1785 license shows good cause for being granted a temporary license. 1786 (2) A temporary occupational license or supplier’s license 1787 may not be valid for more than 90 days. 1788 (3) An applicant who receives a temporary license may 1789 undertake employment with or supply a resort licensee with 1790 gaming devices, equipment, or supplies or other goods or 1791 services until a license is issued or denied or until the 1792 temporary license expires or is suspended or revoked. 1793 Section 31. Quarterly report.—The commission shall file 1794 quarterly reports with the Governor, the President of the 1795 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives covering 1796 the previous fiscal quarter. The report must include: 1797 (1) A statement of receipts and disbursements related to 1798 limited gaming; 1799 (2) A summary of disciplinary actions taken by the 1800 commission; and 1801 (3) Any additional information and recommendations that the 1802 commission believes may improve the regulation of limited gaming 1803 or increase the economic benefits of limited gaming to this 1804 state. 1805 Section 32. Hearings by the commission.— 1806 (1) The chair of the commission may participate in any 1807 proceeding pending before the commission when administrative 1808 duties and time permit. In order to distribute the workload and 1809 expedite the commission’s calendar, the chair, in addition to 1810 other administrative duties, may assign the various proceedings 1811 pending before the commission requiring hearings to two or more 1812 commissioners. Only those commissioners assigned to a proceeding 1813 requiring hearings may participate in the final decision of the 1814 commission as to that proceeding. However, if only two 1815 commissioners are assigned to a proceeding requiring a hearing 1816 and they cannot agree on a final decision, the chair shall cast 1817 the deciding vote for final disposition of the proceeding. If 1818 more than two commissioners are assigned to any proceeding, a 1819 majority of the members assigned shall constitute a quorum and a 1820 majority vote of the members assigned shall be essential to 1821 final commission disposition of those proceedings. If a 1822 commissioner becomes unavailable after assignment to a 1823 particular proceeding, the chair must assign a substitute 1824 commissioner. A petition for reconsideration must be voted upon 1825 by those commissioners participating in the final disposition of 1826 the proceeding. 1827 (2) A majority of the commissioners may determine that the 1828 full commission will sit in any proceeding. Any party to a 1829 proceeding may file a petition requesting that the proceeding be 1830 assigned to the full commission. Within 15 days after receipt by 1831 the commission of any petition, the full commission must dispose 1832 of such petition by majority vote and render a written decision 1833 before the matter may be heard by less than the full commission. 1834 (3) This section does not prohibit a commissioner 1835 designated by the chair from conducting a hearing as provided 1836 under ss. 120.569 and 120.57(1), Florida Statutes, and the rules 1837 of the commission. 1838 Section 33. Resolution of disputes between licensees and 1839 patrons.— 1840 (1) Whenever a resort licensee has a dispute with a patron 1841 which is not resolved to the satisfaction of the patron and 1842 involves: 1843 (a) Alleged winnings, alleged losses, or the award or 1844 distribution of cash, prizes, benefits, tickets, or any other 1845 item or items in a game, tournament, contest, drawing, 1846 promotion, race, or similar activity or event; or 1847 (b) The manner in which a game, tournament, contest, 1848 drawing, promotion, race, or similar activity or event was 1849 conducted, 1850 1851 the licensee must immediately notify the commission of the 1852 dispute if the amount disputed is $500 or more. If the dispute 1853 involves an amount less than $500, the licensee must immediately 1854 notify the patron of his or her right to file a complaint with 1855 the commission. 1856 (2) Upon notice of a dispute or receipt of a complaint, the 1857 commission shall conduct any investigation it deems necessary 1858 and may order the licensee to make a payment to the patron upon 1859 a finding that the licensee is liable for the disputed amount. 1860 The decision of the commission is effective on the date the 1861 aggrieved party receives notice of the decision. Notice of the 1862 decision is deemed sufficient if it is mailed to the last known 1863 address of the licensee and the patron. The notice is deemed to 1864 have been received by the resort licensee or the patron 5 days 1865 after it is deposited with the United States Postal Service with 1866 postage prepaid. 1867 (3) The failure of a resort licensee to notify the 1868 commission of the dispute or the patron of the right to file a 1869 complaint is grounds for disciplinary action. 1870 Section 34. Enforcement of credit instruments.— 1871 (1) A credit instrument and the debt that instrument 1872 represents are valid and may be enforced by legal process. 1873 (2) A resort licensee may accept an incomplete credit 1874 instrument that: 1875 (a) Is signed by the patron; and 1876 (b) States the amount of the debt in numbers, and may 1877 complete the instrument as is necessary for the instrument to be 1878 presented for payment. 1879 (3) A resort licensee may accept a credit instrument that 1880 is payable to an affiliate or may complete a credit instrument 1881 payable to an affiliate if the credit instrument otherwise 1882 complies with this section and the records of the affiliate 1883 pertaining to the credit instrument are made available to the 1884 commission upon request. 1885 (4) A resort licensee may accept a credit instrument 1886 before, during, or after the patron incurs the debt. The credit 1887 instrument and the debt that the instrument represents are 1888 enforceable without regard to whether the credit instrument was 1889 accepted before, during, or after the incurring of the debt. 1890 (5) This section does not prohibit the establishment of an 1891 account by a deposit of cash, recognized traveler’s check, or 1892 any other instrument that is equivalent to cash. 1893 (6) If a credit instrument is lost or destroyed, the debt 1894 represented by the credit instrument may be enforced if the 1895 resort licensee or person acting on behalf of the licensee can 1896 prove the existence of the credit instrument. 1897 (7) The existence of a mental disorder in a patron who 1898 provides a credit instrument to a resort licensee: 1899 (a) Is not a defense in any action by a resort licensee to 1900 enforce a credit instrument or the debt that the credit 1901 instrument represents. 1902 (b) Is not a valid counterclaim in an action to enforce the 1903 credit instrument or the debt that the credit instrument 1904 represents. 1905 (8) The failure of a resort licensee to comply with the 1906 provisions of this section or commission rules does not 1907 invalidate a credit instrument or affect its ability to enforce 1908 the credit instrument or the debt that the credit instrument 1909 represents. 1910 (9) The commission may adopt rules prescribing the 1911 conditions under which a credit instrument may be redeemed or 1912 presented to a bank or credit union for collection or payment. 1913 Section 35. Voluntary self-exclusion from a limited gaming 1914 facility.— 1915 (1) A person may request that he or she be excluded from 1916 limited gaming facilities in this state by personally submitting 1917 a Request for Voluntary Self-exclusion from Limited Gaming 1918 Facilities Form to the commission. The form must require the 1919 person requesting exclusion to: 1920 (a) State his or her: 1921 1. Name, including any aliases or nicknames; 1922 2. Date of birth; 1923 3. Current residential address; 1924 4. Telephone number; 1925 5. Social security number; and 1926 6. Physical description, including height, weight, gender, 1927 hair color, eye color, and any other physical characteristic 1928 that may assist in the identification of the person. 1929 1930 A self-excluded person must update the information in this 1931 paragraph on forms supplied by the commission within 30 days 1932 after any change. 1933 (b) Select one of the following as the duration of the 1934 self-exclusion: 1935 1. One year. 1936 2. Five years. 1937 3. Lifetime. 1938 (c) Execute a release in which the person: 1939 1. Acknowledges that the request for exclusion has been 1940 made voluntarily. 1941 2. Certifies that the information provided in the request 1942 for self-exclusion is true and correct. 1943 3. Acknowledges that the individual requesting self 1944 exclusion is a problem gambler. 1945 4. Acknowledges that a person requesting a lifetime 1946 exclusion will not be removed from the self-exclusion list and 1947 that a person requesting a 1-year or 5-year exclusion will 1948 remain on the self-exclusion list until a request for removal is 1949 approved by the commission. 1950 5. Acknowledges that, if the individual is discovered on 1951 the gaming floor of a limited gaming facility, the individual 1952 may be removed and may be arrested and prosecuted for criminal 1953 trespass. 1954 6. Releases, indemnifies, holds harmless, and forever 1955 discharges the state, commission, and all licensee from any 1956 claims, damages, losses, expenses, or liability arising out of, 1957 by reason of or relating to the self-excluded person or to any 1958 other party for any harm, monetary or otherwise, which may arise 1959 as a result of one or more of the following: 1960 a. The failure of a resort licensee to withhold gaming 1961 privileges from or restore gaming privileges to a self-excluded 1962 person. 1963 b. Permitting or prohibiting a self-excluded person from 1964 engaging in gaming activity in a limited gaming facility. 1965 (2) A person submitting a self-exclusion request must 1966 present to the commission a government-issued form of 1967 identification containing the person’s signature. 1968 (3) The commission shall take a photograph of a person 1969 requesting self-exclusion at the time the person submits a 1970 request for self-exclusion. 1971 Section 36. Section 849.15, Florida Statutes, is amended to 1972 read: 1973 849.15 Manufacture, sale, possession, etc., of coin 1974 operated devices prohibited.— 1975 (1) It is unlawful: 1976 (a) To manufacture, own, store, keep, possess, sell, rent, 1977 lease, let on shares, lend or give away, transport, or expose 1978 for sale or lease, or to offer to sell, rent, lease, let on 1979 shares, lend or give away, or permit the operation of, or for 1980 any person to permit to be placed, maintained, or used or kept 1981 in any room, space, or building owned, leased or occupied by the 1982 person or under the person’s management or control, any slot 1983 machine or device or any part thereof; or 1984 (b) To make or to permit to be made with any person any 1985 agreement with reference to any slot machine or device, pursuant 1986 to which the user thereof, as a result of any element of chance 1987 or other outcome unpredictable to him or her, may become 1988 entitled to receive any money, credit, allowance, or thing of 1989 value or additional chance or right to use such machine or 1990 device, or to receive any check, slug, token or memorandum 1991 entitling the holder to receive any money, credit, allowance or 1992 thing of value. 1993 (2) Pursuant to section 2 of that chapter of the Congress 1994 of the United States entitled “An act to prohibit transportation 1995 of gaming devices in interstate and foreign commerce,” approved 1996 January 2, 1951, being ch. 1194, 64 Stat. 1134, and also 1997 designated as 15 U.S.C. ss. 1171-1177, the State of Florida, 1998 acting by and through the duly elected and qualified members of 1999 its Legislature, does hereby in this section, and in accordance 2000 with and in compliance with the provisions of section 2 of such 2001 chapter of Congress, declare and proclaim that any county of the 2002 State of Florida within which slot machine gaming is authorized 2003 pursuant to the Destination Resort Act, sections 3 through 35 of 2004 this act, or chapter 551 is exempt from the provisions of 2005 section 2 of that chapter of the Congress of the United States 2006 entitled “An act to prohibit transportation of gaming devices in 2007 interstate and foreign commerce,” designated as 15 U.S.C. ss. 2008 1171-1177, approved January 2, 1951. All shipments of gaming 2009 devices, including slot machines, into any county of this state 2010 within which slot machine gaming is authorized pursuant to the 2011 Destination Resort Act, sections 3 through 35 of this act, or 2012 chapter 551 and the registering, recording, and labeling of 2013 which have been duly performed by the manufacturer or 2014 distributor thereof in accordance with sections 3 and 4 of that 2015 chapter of the Congress of the United States entitled “An act to 2016 prohibit transportation of gaming devices in interstate and 2017 foreign commerce,” approved January 2, 1951, being ch. 1194, 64 2018 Stat. 1134, and also designated as 15 U.S.C. ss. 1171-1177, 2019 shall be deemed legal shipments thereof into this state provided 2020 the destination of such shipments is an eligible facility as 2021 defined in s. 551.102,
orthe facility of a slot machine 2022 manufacturer or slot machine distributor as provided in s. 2023 551.109(2)(a), or the facility of a resort licensee or supplier 2024 licensee under the Destination Resort Act, sections 3 through 35 2025 of this act. 2026 Section 37. Section 849.231, Florida Statutes, is amended 2027 to read: 2028 849.231 Gambling devices; manufacture, sale, purchase or 2029 possession unlawful.— 2030 (1) Except in instances when the following described 2031 implements or apparatus are being held or transported by 2032 authorized persons for the purpose of destruction, as 2033 hereinafter provided, and except in instances when the following 2034 described instruments or apparatus are being held, sold, 2035 transported, or manufactured by persons who have registered with 2036 the United States Government pursuant to the provisions of Title 2037 15 of the United States Code, ss. 1171 et seq., as amended, so 2038 long as the described implements or apparatus are not displayed 2039 to the general public, sold for use in Florida, or held or 2040 manufactured in contravention of the requirements of 15 U.S.C. 2041 ss. 1171 et seq., it shall be unlawful for any person to 2042 manufacture, sell, transport, offer for sale, purchase, own, or 2043 have in his or her possession any roulette wheel or table, faro 2044 layout, crap table or layout, chemin de fer table or layout, 2045 chuck-a-luck wheel, bird cage such as used for gambling, bolita 2046 balls, chips with house markings, or any other device, 2047 implement, apparatus, or paraphernalia ordinarily or commonly 2048 used or designed to be used in the operation of gambling houses 2049 or establishments, excepting ordinary dice and playing cards. 2050 (2) In addition to any other penalties provided for the 2051 violation of this section, any occupational license held by a 2052 person found guilty of violating this section shall be suspended 2053 for a period not to exceed 5 years. 2054 (3) This section and s. 849.05 do not apply to a vessel of 2055 foreign registry or a vessel operated under the authority of a 2056 country except the United States, while docked in this state or 2057 transiting in the territorial waters of this state. 2058 (4) This section does not apply to limited gaming as 2059 authorized by the Destination Resort Act, sections 3 through 35 2060 of this act. 2061 Section 38. Section 849.25, Florida Statutes, is amended to 2062 read: 2063 849.25 “Bookmaking” defined; penalties; exceptions.— 2064 (1)(a) The term “bookmaking” means the act of taking or 2065 receiving, while engaged in the business or profession of 2066 gambling, any bet or wager upon the result of any trial or 2067 contest of skill, speed, power, or endurance of human, beast, 2068 fowl, motor vehicle, or mechanical apparatus or upon the result 2069 of any chance, casualty, unknown, or contingent event 2070 whatsoever. 2071 (b) The following factors shall be considered in making a 2072 determination that a person has engaged in the offense of 2073 bookmaking: 2074 1. Taking advantage of betting odds created to produce a 2075 profit for the bookmaker or charging a percentage on accepted 2076 wagers. 2077 2. Placing all or part of accepted wagers with other 2078 bookmakers to reduce the chance of financial loss. 2079 3. Taking or receiving more than five wagers in any single 2080 day. 2081 4. Taking or receiving wagers totaling more than $500 in 2082 any single day, or more than $1,500 in any single week. 2083 5. Engaging in a common scheme with two or more persons to 2084 take or receive wagers. 2085 6. Taking or receiving wagers on both sides on a contest at 2086 the identical point spread. 2087 7. Any other factor relevant to establishing that the 2088 operating procedures of such person are commercial in nature. 2089 (c) The existence of any two factors listed in paragraph 2090 (b) may constitute prima facie evidence of a commercial 2091 bookmaking operation. 2092 (2) Any person who engages in bookmaking commits shall be2093 guilty ofa felony of the third degree, punishable as provided 2094 in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. Notwithstanding the 2095 provisions of s. 948.01, any person convicted under the 2096 provisions of this subsection shall not have adjudication of 2097 guilt suspended, deferred, or withheld. 2098 (3) Any person who has been convicted of bookmaking and 2099 thereafter violates the provisions of this section commits shall2100 be guilty ofa felony of the second degree, punishable as 2101 provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. 2102 Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 948.01, any person 2103 convicted under the provisions of this subsection shall not have 2104 adjudication of guilt suspended, deferred, or withheld. 2105 (4) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 777.04, any person 2106 who is guilty of conspiracy to commit bookmaking is shall be2107 subject to the penalties imposed by subsections (2) and (3). 2108 (5) This section does shallnot apply to pari-mutuel 2109 wagering in Florida as authorized under chapter 550. 2110 (6) This section does shallnot apply to any prosecutions 2111 filed and pending at the time of the passage hereof, but all 2112 such cases shall be disposed of under existing laws at the time 2113 of the institution of such prosecutions. 2114 (7) This section does not apply to limited gaming as 2115 authorized in the Destination Resort Act, sections 3 through 35 2116 of this act. 2117 Section 39. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011. 2118 2119 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 2120 And the title is amended as follows: 2121 Delete everything before the enacting clause 2122 and insert: 2123 A bill to be entitled 2124 An act relating to destination resorts; amending s. 2125 20.21, F.S.; creating the Destination Resort 2126 Commission within the Department of Revenue; amending 2127 s. 120.80, F.S.; exempting the Destination Resort 2128 Commission from specified provisions of the 2129 Administrative Procedure Act; creating the Destination 2130 Resort Act; providing definitions; providing that the 2131 Destination Resort Commission is a separate budget 2132 entity from the Department of Revenue; providing for 2133 the appointment and qualifications of members of the 2134 commission; providing for the selection of the chair 2135 and vice chair of the commission; providing that the 2136 chair is the administrative head of the commission; 2137 specifying the responsibilities of the chair; 2138 providing that the commission serves as the agency 2139 head for purposes of the Administrative Procedure Act; 2140 providing that the executive director of the 2141 commission may serve as the agency head for purposes 2142 of final agency action within the authority delegated 2143 by the commission; specifying the powers of the 2144 commission, including the power to authorize limited 2145 gaming at up to five destination resorts, conduct 2146 investigations, issue subpoenas, take enforcement 2147 actions, and create an invitation to negotiate process 2148 to evaluate applications for a resort license; 2149 specifying the jurisdiction of the commission, the 2150 Department of Law Enforcement, and local law 2151 enforcement agencies to investigate criminal 2152 violations relating to limited gaming; requiring the 2153 commission to revoke or suspend the licensee of a 2154 person who was unqualified at the time of licensure or 2155 who is no longer qualified to be licensed; authorizing 2156 the commission to adopt rules relating to the types of 2157 gaming authorized, requirements for the issuance, 2158 renewal, revocation, and suspension of licenses, the 2159 disclosure of financial interests, procedures to test 2160 gaming equipment, procedures to verify gaming revenues 2161 and the collection of taxes, requirements for gaming 2162 equipment, procedures relating to a facilities-based 2163 computer system, bond requirements of resort 2164 licensees, the maintenance of records, procedures to 2165 calculate the payout percentages of slot machines, 2166 security standards, the scope and conditions for 2167 investigations and inspections into the conduct of 2168 limited gaming, the seizure of gaming equipment and 2169 records without notice or a warrant, employee drug 2170 testing programs, and the payment of costs, fines, and 2171 application fees; authorizing the commission to adopt 2172 emergency rules; exempting the rules from specified 2173 provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act; 2174 authorizing the commission to employ law enforcement 2175 officers; specifying the qualifications and powers of 2176 law enforcement officers employed by the commission; 2177 providing for the appointment, qualifications, and 2178 powers of the executive director of the commission; 2179 specifying persons who may not be employed by the 2180 commission; requiring the commission to adopt a code 2181 of ethics for its employees, members, and agents; 2182 specifying prohibited financial interests and 2183 relationships; imposing postemployment restrictions on 2184 members, employees, and agents of the commission; 2185 restricting the political activities of members, 2186 employees, and agents of the commission; prohibiting 2187 commissioners, employees, and agents of the commission 2188 from wagering under certain circumstances; requiring 2189 members, employees, and agents of the commission to 2190 annually disclose certain financial interests; 2191 specifying conditions under which members, employees, 2192 and agents of the commission must immediately disclose 2193 certain financial matters, criminal matters, 2194 employment negotiations, the offering or acceptance of 2195 gifts, and the offering of a bribe; prohibiting ex 2196 parte communications between applicants or licensees 2197 and members of the commission; requiring parties to an 2198 ex parte communication to disclose the substance of 2199 the communication; authorizing the imposition of a 2200 fine on a member of the commission who fails to 2201 disclose an ex parte communication; authorizing the 2202 Commission on Ethics to investigate complaints 2203 alleging an ex parte communication; requiring the 2204 Commission on Ethics to provide a report of its 2205 findings to the Governor if it finds that a 2206 commissioner violated the prohibitions on ex parte 2207 communications; authorizing the Commission on Ethics 2208 to bring an action against a commissioner to collect 2209 any penalties assessed; prohibiting a person who 2210 participated in an ex parte communication from 2211 appearing or representing a person before the 2212 commission for a certain time; specifying grounds for 2213 removal or termination of employment of commissioners 2214 and employees who violate the laws regulating limited 2215 gaming; requiring a referendum in the county where a 2216 destination resort is to be located as a prerequisite 2217 to the conduct of limited gaming activities; 2218 preempting the regulation of limited gaming at a 2219 destination resort to the state; requiring the 2220 commission to develop an invitation to negotiate 2221 process to award a resort license; specifying the 2222 minimum criteria that an applicant must meet to be 2223 awarded a destination resort license; specifying 2224 events that disqualify an applicant from eligibility 2225 for a resort license; specifying the information that 2226 must be on or included with an application for a 2227 resort license; specifying the amount of a 2228 nonrefundable application fee for a resort license to 2229 be used to defray the costs of an investigation of the 2230 applicant; authorizing the imposition of additional 2231 fees if the amount of the application fee is 2232 insufficient to cover the costs of the investigation; 2233 requiring the payment of a one-time licensing fee to 2234 be submitted along with an application for a resort 2235 license; requiring the executive director to notify an 2236 applicant for a resort license if the application is 2237 incomplete; authorizing the applicant to have an 2238 informal conference with the executive director to 2239 discuss an incomplete application; authorizing the 2240 executive director to grant an extension to complete 2241 an application; providing for the stay of the award of 2242 a resort license during an extension or the appeal to 2243 the commission of a finding by the executive director 2244 that an application is incomplete; exempting an 2245 institutional investor that is a qualifier for a 2246 resort licensee from certain application requirements 2247 under certain circumstances; requiring notice to the 2248 commission of any changes that may require a person to 2249 comply with the full application requirements; 2250 exempting lending institutions and underwriters from 2251 licensing requirements as a qualifier under certain 2252 circumstances; specifying conditions for a resort 2253 licensee to maintain licensure; requiring that the 2254 licensee post a bond; specifying conditions for the 2255 conduct of limited gaming by a resort licensee; 2256 requiring the commission to renew the license of a 2257 resort licensee if the licensee satisfies specified 2258 conditions; specifying an annual fee for the renewal 2259 of a resort license; imposing a tiered gross receipts 2260 tax based on the amount of a resort licensee’s 2261 infrastructure costs; providing for the deposit of the 2262 tax into the Destination Resort Trust Fund; providing 2263 for certain unappropriated funds in the Destination 2264 Resort Trust Fund to be deposited into the General 2265 Revenue Fund, the Tourism Promotional Trust Fund, the 2266 Employment Security Administration Trust Fund, and the 2267 Transportation Disadvantaged Trust Fund; providing for 2268 the proceeds of the gross receipts tax to fund the 2269 operations of the commission; providing procedures for 2270 the submission and processing of fingerprints of 2271 certain persons regulated by the commission; providing 2272 that the cost of processing the fingerprints shall be 2273 borne by a licensee or applicant; requiring a person 2274 to report to the commission certain pleas and 2275 convictions for disqualifying offenses; requiring a 2276 resort licensee to train its employees about 2277 compulsive gambling; requiring a resort licensee to 2278 work with a compulsive gambling prevention program; 2279 requiring the commission to contract for services 2280 relating to the prevention of compulsive gambling; 2281 providing for the commission’s compulsive gambling 2282 prevention program to be funded from a regulatory fee 2283 imposed on resort licensees; requiring a person to 2284 have a supplier’s license to furnish certain goods and 2285 services to a resort licensee; specifying the amount 2286 of the application fee for a supplier’s license; 2287 specifying persons who are disqualified from receiving 2288 a supplier’s license; specifying circumstances under 2289 which the commission may revoke a supplier’s license; 2290 authorizing the commission to adopt rules relating to 2291 the licensing of suppliers; requiring a supplier 2292 licensee to furnish a list of gaming devices and 2293 equipment to the commission, maintain records, file 2294 quarterly returns, and affix its name to the gaming 2295 equipment and supplies that it offers; requiring that 2296 the supplier licensee annually report its inventory to 2297 the commission; authorizing the commission to revoke a 2298 supplier’s license under certain circumstances; 2299 providing that the equipment of a supplier’s licensee 2300 which is used in unauthorized gaming will be forfeited 2301 to the county where the equipment is found; imposing a 2302 criminal penalty on a person who knowingly makes a 2303 false statement on an application for a supplier’s 2304 license; requiring a person to have an occupational 2305 license to serve as a limited gaming employee of a 2306 resort licensee; requiring a person to apply to the 2307 commission for an occupational license and pay an 2308 application fee; specifying information that an 2309 applicant must include in an application for an 2310 occupational license; specifying grounds for the 2311 commission to deny an application for an occupational 2312 license; imposing a criminal penalty on a person who 2313 knowingly makes a false statement on an application 2314 for an occupational license; authorizing the executive 2315 director of the commission to issue a temporary 2316 occupational or temporary supplier’s license under 2317 certain circumstances; requiring the commission to 2318 file quarterly reports with the Governor, the 2319 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House 2320 of Representatives; specifying procedures for the 2321 conduct of proceedings by the commission; authorizing 2322 the chair of the commission to assign a proceeding to 2323 less than the full commission; providing procedures 2324 for the resolution of certain disputes between a 2325 resort licensee and a patron; requiring a resort 2326 licensee to notify the commission of certain disputes 2327 with a patron involving amounts of $500 or more; 2328 requiring a resort licensee to notify a patron of the 2329 right to file a complaint with the commission 2330 regarding certain disputes of an amount less than 2331 $500; authorizing the commission to investigate 2332 disputes and to order a resort licensee to make a 2333 payment to a patron; providing for the enforcement of 2334 credit instruments; authorizing a resort licensee to 2335 accept an incomplete credit instrument and to complete 2336 incomplete credit instruments under certain 2337 circumstances; providing that existence of a mental 2338 disorder is not a defense or a valid counterclaim in 2339 an action to enforce a credit instrument; authorizing 2340 the commission to adopt rules prescribing the 2341 conditions under which a credit instrument may be 2342 presented to a bank; providing that a resort licensee 2343 has the right to exclude a person from its limited 2344 gaming facility; authorizing a person to request that 2345 the commission exclude her or him from limited gaming 2346 facilities; specifying the required contents of the 2347 request; providing that a self-excluded person who is 2348 found on a gaming floor may be arrested and prosecuted 2349 for criminal trespass; providing that a self-excluded 2350 person holds harmless the commission and licensees 2351 from claims for losses and damages under certain 2352 circumstances; amending s. 849.15, F.S.; authorizing 2353 slot machine gaming in a resort licensee and the 2354 transportation of slot machines pursuant to federal 2355 law; amending s. 849.231, F.S.; providing that a 2356 prohibition on gambling devices does not apply to 2357 limited gaming as authorized in the act; amending s. 2358 849.25, F.S.; providing that a prohibition on gaming 2359 does not apply to limited gaming as authorized in the 2360 act; providing an effective date.