2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 27 - Louisiana Gaming Control
RS 27:427 - Suitability requirements

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 27:427 (2018)

PART IV. SUITABILITY

§427. Suitability requirements

            A. No person may be eligible to apply or be granted a license under the provisions of this Chapter if he has been convicted in any jurisdiction of any of the following offenses within ten years prior to the date of the application or less than ten years has elapsed between the date of application and the successful completion or service of any sentence, deferred adjudication, or period of probation or parole for any of the following:

            (1) Any offense punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.

            (2) Theft or any crime involving false statements or declarations.

            (3) Gambling as defined by the laws or ordinances of any municipality, any parish, any state, or the United States.

            B.(1) No person shall be granted a license under the provisions of this Chapter unless the applicant has demonstrated to the board that he is suitable for licensing. For purposes of this Chapter, suitability means the applicant or licensee is:

            (a) A person of good moral character, honesty, and integrity.

            (b) A person whose prior activities, arrest or criminal record if any, reputation, habits, and associations do not pose a threat to the public interest of this state or to the effective regulation of video draw poker, and do not create or enhance the dangers of unsuitable, unfair, or illegal practices, methods, and operations in the activities authorized by this Chapter and financial arrangements incidental thereto.

            (c) Likely to conduct business as authorized by this Chapter in complete compliance with the provisions of this Chapter.

            (d) Not prohibited from making application or disqualified from licensure under the provisions of Subsection A of this Section.

            (e) A person who does not owe the state or local governing authority of the parish or municipality in which the establishment is located any delinquent sales taxes, penalties, or interest, excluding items under formal appeal or protest as provided by law.

            (2) An applicant who is not disqualified from making application or licensure as a result of Subsection A of this Section shall still be required to demonstrate to the board or division, where applicable, that he otherwise meets the remaining requirements for suitability, particularly those contained in Subparagraphs (1)(a), (b), and (c) of this Subsection. Evidence of or relating to an arrest, summons, charge, or indictment of an applicant, or the dismissal thereof, shall be considered by the board or division, where applicable, even if the arrest, summons, charge, or indictment results in acquittal, deferred adjudication, probation, parole, or pardon.

            (3) Any person who has been granted a Class-A General Retail permit or a Class-A Restaurant permit as defined in Part II of Chapter 1 or Part II of Chapter 2 of Title 26 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of this Section which are duplicative of the suitability standards in Title 26 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, without the necessity of the division conducting an additional suitability determination. The division shall determine that the applicant meets all other requirements for the issuance of a video draw poker license as otherwise required by this Chapter before granting a license, including renewals, to operate a maximum of three video draw poker devices at a restaurant, bar, tavern, or cocktail lounge under the provisions of this Section. The provisions of this Paragraph shall apply only to licenses to operate a maximum of three video draw poker devices as provided for in R.S. 27:412(B)(1). The board shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this Paragraph.

            C. All licensees and persons required to be qualified under this Chapter shall have a continuing duty to inform the division of any action which they believe would constitute a violation of this Chapter. No person who so informs the division shall be discriminated against by an applicant or licensee because of supplying such information.

            D. Every person who has or controls directly or indirectly more than a five percent ownership, income, or profit interest in an entity which has or applies for a license in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, or who receives more than five percent revenue interest in the form of a commission, finder's fee, loan repayment, or any other business expense related to the gaming operation, or who has the ability, in the opinion of the board to exercise a significant influence over the activities of a licensee authorized or to be authorized by this Chapter, shall meet all suitability requirements and qualifications for licensees. For the purposes of this Chapter, all gaming related associations, outstanding loans, promissory notes, or other financial indebtedness of an applicant or licensee must be revealed to the board for the purposes of determining significant influence and suitability.

            E. A person whose application for a license has been denied, or whose license has been issued subject to a condition or suspended or revoked, or against whom a fine has been levied has the right to a hearing in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 27:25 and 26.

            F. Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection D of this Section, if any person required to be found qualified or suitable pursuant to Subsection D of this Section fails to provide all or part of the documents or information required by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and if, as a result, any person holding a license issued pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter is not or may no longer be qualified or suitable, the board shall issue, under penalty of revocation of the license, a condition naming the person who failed to provide all or part of the documents or information required by the board and declaring that such person may not:

            (1) Receive dividends or interest on securities of a corporation holding a license, if the person has or controls directly or indirectly more than a five percent ownership, income, or profit interest in such corporation.

            (2) Exercise directly, or through a trustee or nominee, a right conferred by securities of a corporation holding a license, if the person has or controls directly or indirectly more than a five percent ownership, income, or profit interest in such corporation.

            (3) Receive remuneration or other economic benefit from any person holding a license issued pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter.

            (4) Exercise significant influence over the activities of a person holding a license issued pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter.

            (5) Continue owning or holding a security of a corporation holding a license if the person has or controls directly or indirectly more than a five percent ownership, income, or profit interest in such corporation.

            G.(1) An institutional investor otherwise required to be found suitable or qualified pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter and the rules adopted pursuant thereto shall be presumed suitable or qualified upon submitting documentation sufficient to establish qualifications as an institutional investor as provided herein, and upon certifying that:

            (a) It owns, holds, or controls publicly traded securities issued by a licensee or permittee or a holding, intermediate, or parent company of a licensee or permittee in the ordinary course of business for investment purposes only.

            (b) It does not exercise influence over the affairs of the issuer of such securities or over any licensed or permitted subsidiary of the issuer of such securities.

            (c) It does not intend to exercise influence over the affairs of the issuer of such securities, or over any licensed or permitted subsidiary of the issuer of such securities, in the future, and that it agrees to notify the board in writing within thirty days if such intent should change.

            (2) The exercise of voting privileges with regard to publicly traded securities shall not be deemed to constitute the exercise of influence over the affairs of a licensee.

            (3) The provisions of this Subsection shall not be construed to preclude the Louisiana Gaming Control Board from investigating the suitability or qualifications of an institutional investor should the Louisiana Gaming Control Board become aware of facts or information which may result in such institutional investor being found unsuitable or disqualified.

            H.(1) Before an individual is named as a designated representative of the licensee at a licensed qualified truck stop facility, Louisiana State Racing Commission licensed pari-mutuel wagering facility, or an offtrack wagering facility, the licensee shall do both of the following:

            (a) Obtain conviction records of an applicant seeking employment as a designated representative pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 15:587(F).

            (b) Determine that, based upon those conviction records, the applicant meets the suitability requirements provided for in Subsection A of this Section.

            (2) A licensee is exempt from complying with Paragraph (1) of this Subsection if the person holds a valid video draw poker employee permit. If the designated representative's video draw poker employee permit expires, the licensee shall immediately comply with Paragraph (1) of this Subsection.

            (3) A person whose video draw poker employee permit is suspended or who has had his permit revoked within the last five years, unless he currently holds a valid video draw poker permit, is prohibited from serving as a designated representative.

            (4) The licensee shall have a continuing duty to inform the division of any action taken by the designated representative which they believe would constitute a violation of this Chapter.

            (5) The licensee shall maintain the information required by the provisions of this Subsection and have it readily available for inspection by the division.

            (6) The licensee shall maintain a list of names of the persons employed as designated representatives, have the list readily available for inspection by the division, and provide the list to the division upon request. The list shall also indicate whether that person holds a valid video draw poker employee permit.

            Acts 2012, No. 161, §2; Acts 2015, No. 213, §1.

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