2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 27 - Louisiana Gaming Control
RS 27:443 - Allowing underage persons to play video draw poker devices; penalties; revocation hearing

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 27:443 (2018)

§443. Allowing underage persons to play video draw poker devices; penalties; revocation hearing

            A.(1) No person licensed pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter, or any agent or employee thereof, shall allow a person under the age of twenty-one to play or operate a video draw poker device at a licensed establishment.

            (2) The person licensed pursuant to provisions of this Chapter shall withhold all winnings from patrons who are determined to be under the age of twenty-one.

            (3) The person licensed pursuant to provisions of this Chapter shall each quarter report and remit to the division all winnings withheld from patrons who are determined to be under the age of twenty-one.

            B.(1) Violations of Subsection A of this Section shall be penalized by the division as follows:

            (a) For allowing a person under the age of twenty-one to play or operate a video draw poker device at a licensed establishment, unless the licensee, his employee, or agent reasonably believed that the person was twenty-one years old or older:

            (i) For a first or second violation, a fine of one thousand dollars shall be imposed.

            (ii) For a third or subsequent violation, a license revocation hearing shall be conducted at which time the board shall determine whether or not there are extenuating circumstances pursuant to which a license suspension or revocation should not be imposed. At the conclusion of the hearing, the board may revoke or suspend a license or impose a fine pursuant to R.S. 27:15(F).

            (b) For allowing a person under the age of twenty-one to play or operate a video draw poker device at a licensed establishment when the licensee, his employee, or agent is shown to have known or reasonably believed he was allowing a person under the age of twenty-one years old to play or operate a video draw poker device, or for allowing a person under the age fifteen years old to play or operate a video draw poker device at a licensed establishment regardless of what the licensee, his employee or agent knew or reasonably believed about the age of that person:

            (i) For a first or second violation, license revocation may be imposed.

            (ii) For a first or second violation, a fine of one thousand dollars shall be imposed if the license is not revoked.

            (iii) For a third or subsequent violation, a license revocation hearing shall be conducted at which time the board shall determine whether or not there are extenuating circumstances pursuant to which a license suspension or revocation should not be imposed. At the conclusion of the hearing, the board may revoke or suspend a license or impose a fine pursuant to R.S. 27:15(F).

            (2)(a) A licensee shall be provided notice of the charged violation and may concede the violation and accept the penalty or may deny the violation and demand a hearing be held, pursuant to R.S. 27:25, to make a determination regarding the charge.

            (b) A violation shall have occurred only if the charged violation is conceded by the licensee to have occurred or is found to have occurred at a hearing held for that purpose.

            (c) For the purposes of determining whether a second or subsequent violation has occurred, every violation shall have occurred on a separate occasion, at the same licensed location, and only violations that have occurred within a one-year period, regardless of when they were charged, conceded, or found to have occurred, shall be considered.

            (d) For persons having more than one license issued pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter, license revocation as provided in this Subsection, shall only apply to the license of the licensed establishment where the violations occurred.

            C.(1) It is unlawful for any person under twenty-one years of age to play or operate a video poker device.

            (2) Whoever violates the provisions of this Subsection shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.

            (3) Any person apprehended while violating the provisions of this Subsection may be issued a citation by the apprehending law enforcement officer, which shall be paid in the same manner as provided for the offenders of local traffic violations.

            Acts 1991, No. 1062, §1, eff. July 30, 1991; Acts 1995, No. 1014, §3. Redesignated from R.S. 33:4862.19 by Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 7, §3, eff. May 1, 1996; Acts 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 146, §1; Acts 2012, No. 161, §4; Acts 2016, No. 307, §1.

            NOTE: See Acts 1995, No. 1014, §5.

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