SB 1400 Poker; definition of illegal gambling and charitable gaming.
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Summary as passed Senate: (all summaries)

Poker; definition of illegal gambling and charitable gaming; poker games authorized; regulation of poker tournaments. Provides that poker is a game of skill and therefore not illegal gambling. The bill also allows a qualified organization to conduct poker games in conjunction with its charitable gaming activities, but does not allow a charitable organization to conduct poker tournaments. The bill requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Charitable Gaming Board to regulate poker tournaments, defined in the bill as a competition organized for the purpose of conducting poker games at one or multiple tables where (i) competitors play a series of poker games, (ii) prizes are awarded to winning players on a fixed or proportional payout basis, and (iii) the total prize amount awarded to all winning players at the event is $50,000 or more. Finally, the bill requires poker tournament sponsors to obtain a permit before conducting a tournament and tournament managers and operators to be registered with the Department. The bill contains technical amendments. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2018.

Full text:
01/11/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102020D  pdf | impact statement
01/26/17  Senate: Printed as engrossed 17102020D-E  pdf | impact statement

Amendments:
Senate amendments

Status:
01/11/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102020D
01/11/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/23/17  Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (8-Y 7-N)
01/25/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/26/17  Senate: Read second time
01/26/17  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
01/26/17  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
01/26/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1400E
01/26/17  Senate: Printed as engrossed 17102020D-E
01/27/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (19-Y 19-N)
01/27/17  Senate: Chair votes Yes
01/31/17  House: Placed on Calendar
01/31/17  House: Read first time
01/31/17  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/06/17  House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #3
02/14/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/21/17  House: Left in General Laws