1. If the commission is satisfied that this chapter and its rules adopted under this chapter applicable to licensees have been or will be complied with, the commission shall issue a license for a period of not more than three years to an applicant to own a gambling game operation and to an applicant to operate an excursion gambling boat. The commission shall decide which of the gambling games authorized under this chapter it will permit. The commission shall decide the number, location, and type of excursion gambling boats licensed under this chapter for operation on the rivers, lakes, and reservoirs of this state. The license shall set forth the name of the licensee, the type of license granted, the place where the excursion gambling boats will operate and dock, and the time and number of days during the excursion season and the off season when gambling may be conducted by the licensee. The commission shall not allow a licensee to conduct gambling games on an excursion gambling boat while docked during the off season if the licensee does not operate gambling excursions for a minimum number of days during the excursion season. The commission may delay the commencement of the excursion season at the request of a licensee.
2. A license shall only be granted to an applicant upon the express conditions that:
a. The applicant shall not, by a lease, contract, understanding, or arrangement of any kind, grant, assign, or turn over to a person the operation of an excursion gambling boat licensed under this section or of the system of wagering described in section 99F.9. This section does not prohibit a management contract approved by the commission.
b. The applicant shall not in any manner permit a person other than the licensee to have a share, percentage, or proportion of the money received for admissions to the excursion gambling boat.
3. The commission shall require, as a condition of granting a license, that an applicant to operate an excursion gambling boat develop, and as nearly as practicable, recreate boats that resemble Iowa's riverboat history.
4. The commission shall require that an applicant utilize Iowa resources, goods and services in the operation of an excursion gambling boat. The commission shall develop standards to assure that a substantial amount of all resources and goods used in the operation of an excursion gambling boat come from Iowa and that a substantial amount of all services and entertainment be provided by Iowans.
5. The commission shall, as a condition of granting a license, require an applicant to provide written documentation that, on each excursion gambling boat:
a. An applicant shall make every effort to ensure that a substantial number of the staff and entertainers employed are residents of Iowa.
b. A section is reserved solely for activities and interests of persons under the age of twenty-one and is staffed to provide adequate supervision.
c. A section is reserved for promotion and sale of arts, crafts, and gifts native to and made in Iowa.
6. It is the intent of the general assembly that employees be paid at least twenty-five percent above the federal minimum wage level.
7. A license shall not be granted if there is substantial evidence that any of the following apply:
a. The applicant has been suspended from operating a game of chance or gambling operation in another jurisdiction by a board or commission of that jurisdiction.
b. The applicant has not demonstrated financial responsibility sufficient to meet adequately the requirements of the enterprise proposed.
c. The applicant is not the true owner of the enterprise proposed.
d. The applicant is not the sole owner, and other persons have ownership in the enterprise, which fact has not been disclosed.
e. The applicant is a corporation and ten percent of the stock of the corporation is subject to a contract or option to purchase at any time during the period for which the license is to be issued unless the contract or option was disclosed to the commission and the commission approved the sale or transfer during the period of the license.
f. The applicant has knowingly made a false statement of a material fact to the commission.
g. The applicant has failed to meet a monetary obligation in connection with an excursion gambling boat.
8. A license shall not be granted if there is substantial evidence that the applicant is not of good repute and moral character or if the applicant has pled guilty to, or has been convicted of, a felony.
9. A licensee shall not loan to any person money or any other thing of value for the purpose of permitting that person to wager on any game of chance.
10. a. A license to conduct gambling games on an excursion gambling boat in a county shall be issued only if the county electorate approves the conduct of the gambling games as provided in this subsection. The board of supervisors, upon receipt of a valid petition meeting the requirements of section 331.306, shall direct the commissioner of elections to submit to the registered voters of the county a proposition to approve or disapprove the conduct of gambling games on an excursion gambling boat in the county. The proposition shall be submitted at a general election or at a special election called for that purpose. To be submitted at a general election, the petition must be received by the board of supervisors at least five working days before the last day for candidates for county offices to file nomination papers for the general election pursuant to section 44.4. If a majority of the county voters voting on the proposition favor the conduct of gambling games, the commission may issue one or more licenses as provided in this chapter. If a majority of the county voters voting on the proposition do not favor the conduct of gambling games, a license to conduct gambling games in the county shall not be issued.
b. If licenses to conduct gambling games and to operate an excursion gambling boat are in effect pursuant to a referendum as set forth in this section and are subsequently disapproved by a referendum of the county electorate, the licenses issued by the commission after a referendum approving gambling games on excursion gambling boats shall remain valid and are subject to renewal for a total of nine years from the date of original issue unless the commission revokes a license at an earlier date as provided in this chapter.
c. If a licensee of a pari-mutuel racetrack who held a valid license issued under chapter 99D as of January 1, 1994, requests a license to operate gambling games as provided in this chapter, the board of supervisors of a county in which the licensee of a pari- mutuel racetrack requests a license to operate gambling games shall submit to the county electorate a proposition to approve or disapprove the operation of gambling games at pari- mutuel racetracks at a special election at the earliest practicable time. If the operation of gambling games at the pari- mutuel racetrack is not approved by a majority of the county electorate voting on the proposition at the election, the commission shall not issue a license to operate gambling games at the racetrack.
d. If the proposition to operate gambling games on an excursion gambling boat or at a racetrack enclosure is approved by a majority of the county electorate voting on the proposition, the board of supervisors shall submit the same proposition to the county electorate at the general election held in 2002 and, unless the operation of gambling games is terminated earlier as provided in this chapter or chapter 99D, at the general election held at each subsequent eight- year interval.
e. After a referendum has been held which defeated a proposal to conduct gambling games on excursion gambling boats or which defeated a proposal to conduct gambling games at a licensed pari-mutuel racetrack enclosure as provided in this section, another referendum on a proposal to conduct gambling games on an excursion gambling boat or at a licensed pari-mutuel racetrack shall not be held for at least two years.
11. If a docking fee is charged by a city or a county, a licensee operating an excursion gambling boat shall pay the docking fee one year in advance.
12. A licensee shall not be delinquent in the payment of property taxes or other taxes or fees or in the payment of any other contractual obligation or debt due or owed to a city or county.
13. An excursion gambling boat operated on inland waters of this state shall meet all of the requirements of chapter 462A and is subject to an inspection of its sanitary facilities to protect the environment and water quality before a certificate of registration is issued by the department of natural resources or a license is issued under this chapter.
14. If a licensed excursion boat stops at more than one harbor and travels past a county without stopping at any port in that county, the commission shall require the excursion boat operator to develop a schedule for ports of call in which a county referendum has been approved, and the port of call has the necessary facilities to handle the boat. The commission may limit the schedule to only one port of call per county.
15. Upon a violation of any of the conditions listed in this section, the commission shall immediately revoke the license.
16. The commission shall require each licensee operating gambling games to post in conspicuous locations specified by the commission the average percentage payout from the gambling machines.
89 Acts, ch 67, §7; 89 Acts, ch 139, § 2-5; 92 Acts, ch 1203, §15, 16; 93 Acts, ch 143, §42; 94 Acts, ch 1021, §16-18; 95 Acts, ch 49, §2; 95 Acts, ch 176, §4, 5
Referred to in § 99F.1, 99F.8, 99F.10
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