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Senate Bill No. 484

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-184

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENCE OF MINORS AT GAMING ESTABLISHMENTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 12-576 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any person, who knowingly permits any minor to wager in any gambling activity authorized under this chapter and any minor who places a wager in any gambling activity authorized under this chapter shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

(b) Any person who knowingly permits a minor to be present in any room, office, building or establishment when off-track betting authorized under this chapter takes place, or at any racetrack or fronton when any meeting authorized under this chapter takes place, shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars. No minor shall be present in any room, office, building or establishment when off-track betting authorized under this chapter takes place, or at any racetrack or fronton when any meeting authorized under this chapter takes place. Any minor sixteen years of age or over present in any room, office, building or establishment when off-track betting authorized under this chapter takes place, or at any racetrack or fronton when any meeting authorized under this chapter takes place, shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars. Any licensee authorized to conduct a meeting for the purpose of jai alai or racing shall be fined not more than fifty dollars if any minor is found at such facility in violation of this subsection.

(c) Notwithstanding any provision of subsection (a) or (b), the executive director may issue a license to a minor sixteen years of age or older, under the provisions of section 12-578 and the regulations adopted thereunder, provided written permission from a parent or legal guardian of such minor is filed with the division.

(d) The executive director shall not pay any claim for winnings when such claim is made by, or on behalf of, a minor who has wagered in any gambling activity authorized under this chapter. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit an adult from making a wager on behalf of a minor provided the money for such wager is not provided by the minor from funds under such minor's control.

(e) NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO PROHIBIT ANY MINOR FROM ENTERING ONTO A PARKING AREA AT ANY BUILDING OR ESTABLISHMENT DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION (b) OF THIS SECTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ATTENDING AN EVENT AT WHICH GAMBLING ACTIVITIES DO NOT OCCUR.

Approved May 31, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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