2016 Arkansas Code
Title 23 - Public Utilities and Regulated Industries
Subtitle 4 - Miscellaneous Regulated Industries
Chapter 115 - Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act
Subchapter 6 - -- Retailers
§ 23-115-603. Fidelity fund -- Retailer fee -- Reserve account to cover losses -- Retailer bond
(a) (1) The Office of the Arkansas Lottery shall establish a fidelity fund separate from all other funds and shall assess each retailer an annual fee not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100) per sales location to be deposited into the fidelity fund.
(2) Moneys deposited into the fidelity fund may be:
(A) Invested or deposited into one (1) or more interest-bearing accounts;
(B) Used to cover losses the office experiences due to nonfeasance, misfeasance, or malfeasance of a retailer; and
(C) Used to purchase blanket bonds covering the office against losses from all retailers.
(3) At the end of each fiscal year, the office shall pay to the trust account managed and maintained by the Department of Higher Education any amount in the fidelity fund that exceeds five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000), and the funds shall be considered net proceeds from a lottery.
(b) (1) A reserve account may be established as a general operating expense to cover amounts deemed uncollectable.
(2) The office shall establish procedures for minimizing any losses that may be deemed uncollectable and shall exercise and exhaust all available options in those procedures before writing off amounts to this account.
(c) (1) The office shall require a retailer to post an appropriate bond, as determined by the office.
(2) If applicable, the amount of the bond shall not exceed the district sales average of tickets for two (2) billing periods.
(d) (1) In its discretion, the office may allow a retailer to deposit and maintain with the office securities that are interest bearing or accruing.
(2) Securities eligible under this subsection are limited to:
(A) Certificates of deposit in an amount fully insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued by solvent banks or savings associations organized and existing under the laws of this state or under the laws of the United States;
(B) United States Government bonds, notes, and bills for which the full faith and credit of the United States Government is pledged for the payment of principal and interest; or
(C) Federal agency securities by an agency or instrumentality of the United States Government.
(3) The securities shall be held in trust in the name of the office.
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