HB14-1392

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HB14-1392 - Internet Sweepstakes Cafes Simulated Gambling

Postponed Indefinitely
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 gaming 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.

Violations are 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.

Latest update: May 7, 2014
05/07/2014 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
05/06/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
05/01/2014 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/30/2014 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/29/2014 House Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/24/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development