Florida Senate - 2021                                    SB 18-A
       By Senator Hutson
       7-00006-21A                                            202118A__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to fees; creating s. 546.151, F.S.;
    3         requiring applicants for a fantasy contest operator
    4         license to pay a specified application fee; requiring
    5         contest operators to pay a specified annual license
    6         renewal fee; prohibiting such fees from exceeding a
    7         specified amount; requiring applicants and contest
    8         operators to provide certain written evidence;
    9         requiring contest operators to remit certain fees;
   10         specifying that the costs for certain fingerprint
   11         processing and retention shall be borne by applicants;
   12         authorizing the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering
   13         within the Department of Business and Professional
   14         Regulation to charge a specified handling fee related
   15         to fingerprint processing; requiring certain fees to
   16         be deposited into the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund;
   17         providing a contingent effective date.
   19  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   21         Section 1. Section 546.151, Florida Statutes, is created to
   22  read:
   23         546.151Fees.—
   24         (1)An applicant for a license as a contest operator shall
   25  pay an initial license application fee of $1 million to the
   26  division, and an applicant seeking to renew a contest operator
   27  license shall pay an annual license renewal fee of $250,000 to
   28  the division; however, the respective fees may not exceed 10
   29  percent of the difference between the amount of entry fees
   30  collected by a contest operator from the operation of fantasy
   31  sports contests in this state and the amount of cash or cash
   32  equivalents paid to contest participants in this state. The
   33  division shall require a contest operator applicant to provide
   34  written evidence of the proposed amount of entry fees and cash
   35  or cash equivalents to be paid to contest participants during
   36  the annual license period. Before a license renewal, a contest
   37  operator shall provide written evidence to the division of the
   38  actual entry fees collected and cash or cash equivalents paid to
   39  contest participants during the previous period of licensure.
   40  Before a license renewal, a contest operator shall remit to the
   41  division any difference in a license fee which results from the
   42  difference between the proposed amount of entry fees and cash or
   43  cash equivalents paid to contest participants and the actual
   44  amounts collected and paid during the previous period of
   45  licensure.
   46         (2)Fees for state and federal fingerprint processing and
   47  retention shall be borne by an applicant for a contest operator
   48  license. The state cost for fingerprint processing shall be as
   49  provided in s. 943.053(3)(e) for records provided to persons or
   50  entities other than those specified as exceptions therein.
   51         (3)The division also may charge a $2 handling fee for each
   52  set of fingerprints submitted for a contest operator license.
   53         (4)All fees collected by the division under this section
   54  shall be deposited into the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund.
   55         Section 2. This act shall take effect on the same date that
   56  SB 16A or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation
   57  is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension
   58  thereof and becomes a law.