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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.214

Introduced by   Senator Sears of Bennington County

Date:

Subject: Crimes: recreation and sports; gambling; minors

Statement of purpose:  This bill would prohibit:

(1)   the selling or gifting to a minor of the right to participate

as a contestant in any gambling activity under the auspices of a nonprofit organization;

(2)   the participation of a minor in a raffle conducted under the auspices

of a political party;  

(3)  the gifting of state, tri-state, or multi-state lottery tickets to a

minor; and

(4)  the selling or gifting of break-open tickets to a minor.    

AN ACT RELATING TO MINORS AND GAMBLING         

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  13 V.S.A. § 2143 is amended to read:

§ 2143.  NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

(a)  Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, a nonprofit organization, as defined in section subdivision 10201(5) of Title 32, may organize and execute, and an individual may participate in lotteries, raffles, or other games of chance for the purpose of raising funds to be used in charitable, religious, educational, and civic undertakings or used by fraternal organizations to provide direct support to charitable, religious, educational, or civic undertakings with which they are affiliated. Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, gambling machines and other mechanical devices described in section 2135 of this title shall not be utilized under authority of this section.

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(i)  A minor shall not be permitted to purchase, nor shall any person make a gift to a minor of, the right in any form to participate as a contestant in any lottery, raffle, or other game of chance authorized pursuant to this section.

(i)(j)  A person who intentionally violates subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not more than $500.00.

(j)(k)  A person who intentionally violates subsection subsections (c), (d), (e) or, (f), or (j) of this section shall be fined not more than $10,000.00 for the first offense and fined not more than $100,000.00 or imprisoned not more than three years, or both, for each subsequent offense.

(k)(l)  A nonprofit organization which organizes and executes a game of chance under subsection (a) of this section shall permit its members to examine the financial books and records relating to gambling activities of the organization at any reasonable time and, upon request, shall provide photocopies of these records to its members at cost.

Sec. 2.  13 V.S.A § 2143a is amended to read:

§ 2143a.  POLITICAL PARTIES

Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, a political party, organized under chapter 45 of Title 17, may organize and execute, and an individual, who has attained the age of majority, may participate in raffles, the proceeds of which are to be used in undertakings consistent with the purpose of political parties.

Sec. 3.  31 V.S.A. § 661(3) is amended to read:

(3)  No tickets may be sold, or given as gifts, to individuals who have not attained the age of majority.  However, tickets may be given as gifts to minors or any other individuals except as prohibited by this chapter;

Sec. 4.  32 V.S.A. § 10203(h) is added to read:

§ 10203.  DISTRIBUTION; RETAIL PURCHASE AND SALE

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(h)  Break-open tickets shall not be sold, or given as gifts, to minors.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us