HB15-1047

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HB15-1047 - Internet Sweepstakes Cafes Simulated Gambling

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning A Prohibition On The Use Of Simulated Gambling Devices.

The bill declares that internet sweepstakes cafés and similar establishments in which simulated gambling devices are used to award prizes to customers do not comply with existing constitutional and statutory requirements for the conduct of licensed gambling activity in Colorado and, therefore, the operation of these businesses is contrary to public policy.

The bill creates a new misdemeanor criminal offense of offering or providing the use of a simulated gambling device in exchange for any type of consideration, whether the consideration is technically classified as the price of using the device, the price of admission to premises on which the device is located, or the purchase price for an associated product or service.

A violation is punishable as a class 3 misdemeanor or by civil penalties and remedies including private damages of up to 3 times the losses suffered by an individual or licensed competitor, injunctions, and attorney fees. Internet service providers and others who only supply equipment, web design, or connectivity to an internet sweepstakes café are exempt unless their primary purpose is to support the conduct of gambling as a business.

Senate Committees

Latest update: March 13, 2015
03/13/2015 Governor Signed
03/05/2015 Sent to the Governor
03/05/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
03/04/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
02/26/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/25/2015 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
02/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/19/2015 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/17/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
02/06/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/05/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/03/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/05/2015 - No Amendments
01/29/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
01/07/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor