SENATE BILL 293
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
RELATING TO GAMING CONTROL; ALLOWING A GAMING OPERATOR LICENSEE TO OFFER FOOD OR OTHER PRODUCTS OR SERVICES FOR NO CHARGE OR AT REDUCED PRICES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 60-2E-26 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1997, Chapter 190, Section 28, as amended) is amended to read:
"60-2E-26. GAMING OPERATOR LICENSEES--GENERAL PROVISIONS--BUSINESS PLAN--PLAYER AGE LIMIT--RESTRICTIONS.--
A. An applicant for a gaming operator's license shall submit with the application a plan for assisting in the prevention, education and treatment of compulsive gambling. The plan shall include regular educational training sessions for employees. Plan approval by the board is a condition of issuance of the license.
B. An applicant for a gaming operator's license shall submit with the application a proposed business plan. The plan shall include at least:
(1) a floor plan of the area to be used for gaming machine operations;
(2) an advertising and marketing plan;
(3) the proposed placement and number of gaming machines;
(4) a current financial status and gaming protection plan;
(5) a security plan;
(6) a staffing plan for gaming machine operations;
(7) internal control systems in compliance with Section 60-2E-35 NMSA 1978; and
(8) details of any proposed progressive systems.
C. A gaming operator licensee shall be granted a license to operate a number of machines, not to exceed the statutory maximum, at a gaming establishment identified in the license application and shall be granted a license for each gaming machine.
D. A gaming operator licensee shall apply for and pay the machine license fee for any increase in the number of authorized gaming machines in operation at the licensed premises and shall notify the board of any decrease in the number of authorized gaming machines in operation at the licensed premises.
E. Gaming machines may be available for play only in an area restricted to persons twenty-one years of age or older.
F. A gaming operator licensee shall erect a permanent physical barrier to allow for multiple uses of the premises by persons of all ages. For purposes of this subsection, "permanent physical barrier" means a floor-to-ceiling wall separating the general areas from the restricted areas. The entrance to the area where gaming machines are located shall display a sign that the premises are restricted to persons twenty-one years of age or older. Persons under the age of twenty-one shall not enter the area where gaming machines are located.
G. A gaming operator licensee shall not have automated teller machines in the area restricted pursuant to Subsection F of this section.
H. A gaming operator licensee [shall not] may provide, allow, contract or arrange to provide [alcohol or] food or other products or services for no charge or at reduced prices as an incentive or enticement for patrons to game.
I. Only a racetrack licensed by the state racing commission or a nonprofit organization may apply for or be issued a gaming operator's license. No other persons are qualified to apply for or be issued a gaming operator's license pursuant to the Gaming Control Act."
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