Florida Senate - 2021                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 8-A
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  05/17/2021           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Rouson) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 636 and 637
    4  insert:
    5         Section 13. Subsection (3) of section 550.135, Florida
    6  Statutes, is amended, and subsection (4) is added to that
    7  section, to read:
    8         550.135 Division of moneys derived under this law.—All
    9  moneys that are deposited with the Chief Financial Officer to
   10  the credit of the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund shall be
   11  distributed as follows:
   12         (3) The slot machine license fee and, the slot machine
   13  occupational license fee, and the compulsive or addictive
   14  gambling prevention program fee collected pursuant to ss.
   15  551.106 and 551.107(2)(a)1. ss. 551.106, 551.107(2)(a)1., and
   16  551.118 shall be used to fund the direct and indirect operating
   17  expenses of the division’s slot machine regulation operations
   18  and to provide funding for relevant enforcement activities in
   19  accordance with authorized appropriations. Funds deposited into
   20  the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund pursuant to ss. 551.106 and
   21  551.107(2)(a)1. ss. 551.106, 551.107(2)(a)1., and 551.118 shall
   22  be reserved in the trust fund for slot machine regulation
   23  operations. On June 30, any unappropriated funds in excess of
   24  those necessary for incurred obligations and subsequent year
   25  cash flow for slot machine regulation operations shall be
   26  deposited with the Chief Financial Officer to the credit of the
   27  General Revenue Fund.
   28         (4)The annual fees collected pursuant to ss. 550.141 and
   29  551.118 shall be used to fund a compulsive and addictive
   30  gambling prevention program implemented by a provider selected
   31  by competitive bid as administered by the division and shall be
   32  deposited into the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund. Fees
   33  collected pursuant to ss. 550.141 and 551.118 may also be used
   34  by the commission to regularly conduct independent research
   35  studies relating to compulsive and addictive gambling behavior
   36  among youth, college students, adults, and senior citizens, by
   37  gaming discipline, and report any findings to the Governor and
   38  Legislature. On June 30, any unused funds collected from the
   39  fees pursuant to s. 550.141(5) and s. 551.118(3) shall be
   40  retained in the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund to be used to
   41  fund ongoing compulsive and addictive gambling prevention
   42  programs adopted and administered by the commission.
   43         Section 14. Section 550.140, Florida Statutes, is created
   44  to read:
   45         550.140 Legislative findings and intent.—
   46         (1) The purpose of this section and s. 550.141 is to
   47  recognize the need for responsible wagering and gaming practices
   48  to help mitigate the adverse and detrimental impacts of
   49  compulsive and addictive gambling on the state.
   50         (2) It is the intent of the Legislature to protect the
   51  residents of this state from the hazards of compulsive and
   52  addictive gambling by establishing and implementing responsible
   53  gaming practices, awareness programs, and employee training and
   54  providing easy access to the help and resources for problem
   55  gambling available through the (888)-ADMIT-IT helpline.
   56         (3) It is further the intent of the Legislature to not
   57  inhibit, or otherwise obstruct, medical or mental health
   58  research or Florida-based university studies, or other studies
   59  approved by the division, regarding the impacts of compulsive
   60  and addictive gambling on the state.
   61         Section 15. Section 550.141, Florida Statutes, is created
   62  to read:
   63         550.141 Compulsive and addictive gambling prevention
   64  program.—
   65         (1) Each qualified pari-mutuel permitholder with a license
   66  issued pursuant to s. 550.01215, or any pari-mutuel permitholder
   67  who operates a cardroom pursuant to s. 849.086, shall
   68  participate in a compulsive and addictive gambling prevention
   69  program approved by the division. Each pari-mutuel permitholder
   70  required to participate in an approved prevention program shall:
   71         (a) Provide responsible gaming awareness training to
   72  employees for the purpose of recognizing compulsive and
   73  addictive gambling behavior and work with a compulsive and
   74  addictive gambling prevention program administered by the
   75  commission to further the intent of this section.
   76         (b) Display adequate signage in all public access areas of
   77  the permitholder’s facilities that display words similar or
   78  comparable to “if you or someone you know has a gambling problem
   79  and wants help, call (888)-ADMIT-IT.”
   80         (c) Display the words “gambling problem” and “call (888)
   81  ADMIT-IT” on all print, billboard, sign, online, or broadcast
   82  advertisements of a sports betting or fantasy sports contest, or
   83  other types of covered games offered online or via mobile or
   84  other electronic devices, or in a sports wagering room.
   85         (2) The commission shall, subject to competitive bidding,
   86  contract for the provision of services related to the awareness
   87  and prevention of compulsive and addictive gambling pursuant to
   88  this section and s. 550.135(4). The contract shall provide for:
   89         (a) A statewide advertising program to encourage
   90  responsible gaming participation.
   91         (b) Publicizing (888)-ADMIT-IT, the confidential multi
   92  lingual gambling prevention helpline.
   93         (c) Implementing and administering a pari-mutuel employee
   94  responsible gambling training program to recognize compulsive
   95  and addictive gambling behavior.
   96         (d) Supporting persons in need of assistance for a gambling
   97  problem.
   98         (e) A clearinghouse of information and provide referrals to
   99  persons seeking professional help for problems or addictive
  100  gambling behavior.
  101         (f) The annual reporting of contract compliance, including
  102  the number of calls and online contacts received; the number of
  103  employee training programs administered for each pari-mutuel
  104  facility; and the number and type of advertising methods used to
  105  publicize the (888) ADMIT-IT helpline.
  106         (3)For the purpose of funding a comprehensive statewide
  107  compulsive and addictive gambling awareness and prevention
  108  program, the commission shall collect from each pari-mutuel
  109  permitholder with a license issued pursuant to s. 550.01215 or
  110  pari-mutuel permitholder who operates a cardroom pursuant to s.
  111  849.086, an annual fee of .003 percent of each permitholder’s
  112  gross revenues collected.
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  115  And the title is amended as follows:
  116         Delete lines 71 - 72
  117  and insert:
  118         of such permit; amending ss. 550.105, 550.1155, F.S.;
  119         conforming provisions to changes made by the act;
  120         amending s. 550.135, F.S.; revising requirements for
  121         the use of the compulsive or addictive gambling
  122         prevention program fee; requiring specified fees be
  123         used to fund a compulsive and addictive gambling
  124         prevention program; providing requirements for the
  125         deposit of such fees and the prevention program;
  126         providing requirements for funds that are unused by a
  127         specified date; creating s. 550.140, F.S.; providing
  128         legislative findings and intent relating to compulsive
  129         and addictive gambling; creating s. 550.141, F.S.;
  130         requiring certain pari-mutuel permitholders to
  131         participate in a specified compulsive and addictive
  132         gambling prevention program; providing permitholder
  133         requirements; requiring the division to contract for
  134         the provision of specified services; providing
  135         contract requirements; amending s. 550.1647, F.S.;
  136         conforming provisions to changes made