General Assembly Governor's Bill No. 6443
January Session, 2021 LCO No. 3267
Referred to Committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND
BONDING
Introduced by:
Request of the Governor Pursuant
to Joint Rule 9
AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE
GOVERNOR'S BUDGET.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General
Assembly convened:
1 Section 1. Section 1-1j of the general statutes is repealed and the
2 following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2022):
3 (a) Each state agency, as defined in section 4-166, shall accept
4 payment in cash or by check, draft or money order for any license issued
5 by such agency pursuant to the provisions of the general statutes.
6 (b) Except as [otherwise] provided by any other provision of the
7 general statutes, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management
8 may authorize any state agency [(1)] to accept payment of any fee, cost
9 or fine payable to such agency by means of a credit card, charge card or
10 debit card [,] or an electronic payment service, [and (2) to charge a
11 service fee for any such payment made by credit card, charge card or
12 debit card or an electronic payment service] provided each state agency
13 that accepts payment by means of a credit card, charge card or debit
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14 card shall charge the payor using such card a service fee, except that
15 such service fee may be waived by such state agency for a category of
16 fee, cost or fine, if such waiver has been approved by said secretary.
17 [Such]
18 (c) (1) Any service fee imposed pursuant to subsection (b) of this
19 section shall [be (A) related to] (A) be for the purpose of defraying the
20 cost of service, (B) [uniform for all credit cards, charge cards and debit
21 cards accepted] not exceed any charge by the credit card, charge card or
22 debit card issuer or processor, including any discount rate, and (C) be
23 applied only when allowed by the operating rules and regulations of the
24 credit card, charge card or debit card issuer or processor involved or
25 when authorized in writing by such issuer or processor.
26 (2) Each state agency that charges a service fee pursuant to this
27 section or any other provision of the general statutes shall disclose such
28 service fee to a payor prior to the imposition of such service fee. Such
29 disclosure shall be made in accordance with any requirements for
30 disclosure set forth by the card issuer or processor.
31 (d) Payments by credit card, charge card, debit card or an electronic
32 payment service shall be made at such times and under such conditions
33 as the secretary may prescribe in regulations adopted in accordance
34 with the provisions of chapter 54.
35 (e) Payment of a fee, cost or fine, and any applicable service fee, by
36 credit card, charge card, debit card or an electronic payment service
37 shall constitute full payment of such fee, cost, fine or service fee,
38 regardless of any discount applied by a credit card company.
39 Sec. 2. Subsection (g) of section 3-99a of the general statutes is
40 repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1,
41 2022):
42 (g) The Secretary of the State may allow remittances to be in the form
43 of a credit card account number and an authorization to draw upon a
44 specified credit card account, at such time and under such conditions as
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45 the Secretary may prescribe. Remittances in the form of an authorization
46 to draw upon a specified credit card account shall include an amount
47 for purposes of paying the discount rate associated with drawing upon
48 the credit card account, unless the remittances are drawn on an account
49 with a financial institution that agrees to add the number to the credit
50 card holder's billing, in which event the remittances drawn shall not
51 include an amount for purposes of paying the discount rate associated
52 with the drawing upon the credit card account.
53 Sec. 3. Section 14-11i of the general statutes is repealed and the
54 following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2022):
55 The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may allow the payment of any
56 fee specified in this chapter or chapter 247 by means of a credit card and
57 [may] shall charge each payor a service fee for any payment made by
58 means of a credit card. The fee shall not exceed any charge by the credit
59 card issuer or by its authorized agent, including any discount rate.
60 Payments by credit card shall be made under such conditions as the
61 commissioner may prescribe, except that the commissioner shall
62 determine the rate or amount of the service fee for any such credit card
63 in accordance with subsection (c) of section 1-1j, as amended by this act.
64 Such service fee may be waived by the commissioner for a category of
65 fee if such waiver has been approved by the Secretary of the Office of
66 Policy and Management pursuant to subsection (b) of section 1-1j, as
67 amended by this act. If any charge with respect to payment of a fee by
68 means of a credit card is not authorized by such issuer or its authorized
69 agent, the commissioner shall assess the payor the fee specified in
70 subsection (f) of section 14-50.
71 Sec. 4. Subsection (g) of section 19a-88 of the general statutes is
72 repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1,
73 2022):
74 (g) (1) The Department of Public Health shall administer a secure on-
75 line license renewal system for persons holding a license to practice
76 medicine or surgery under chapter 370, dentistry under chapter 379,
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77 nursing under chapter 378 or nurse-midwifery under chapter 377. The
78 department shall require such persons to renew their licenses using the
79 on-line renewal system and to pay professional services fees on-line by
80 means of a credit card or electronic transfer of funds from a bank or
81 credit union account, except in extenuating circumstances, including,
82 but not limited to, circumstances in which a licensee does not have
83 access to a credit card and submits a notarized affidavit affirming that
84 fact, the department may allow the licensee to renew his or her license
85 using a paper form prescribed by the department and pay professional
86 service fees by check or money order.
87 (2) The department shall charge a service fee for each payment made
88 by means of a credit card. The Commissioner of Public Health shall
89 determine the rate or amount of the service fee for any such credit card
90 in accordance with subsection (c) of section 1-1j, as amended by this act.
91 Such service fee may be waived by the commissioner for a category of
92 fee if such waiver has been approved by the Secretary of the Office of
93 Policy and Management pursuant to subsection (b) of section 1-1j, as
94 amended by this act.
95 Sec. 5. Section 45a-113b of the general statutes is repealed and the
96 following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2022):
97 Each [court of probate] Probate Court may allow the payment of any
98 fees charged by such court by means of a credit card, charge card or
99 debit card. [and may] Such court shall charge the person making such
100 payment a service fee for any such payment made by means of any such
101 card. The fee shall not exceed any charge by the card issuer, including
102 any discount rate. The Probate Court Administrator shall determine the
103 rate or amount of the service fee for any such card in accordance with
104 subsection (c) of section 1-1j, as amended by this act.
105 Sec. 6. Section 51-193b of the general statutes is repealed and the
106 following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2022):
107 Payment of any fees, costs, fines or other charges to the Judicial
108 Branch may be made by means of a credit card [,] and the payor [may]
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109 shall be charged a service fee for any such payment made by means of
110 a credit card. The service fee shall not exceed any charge by the credit
111 card issuer, including any discount rate. Payments by credit card shall
112 be made at such time and under such conditions as the Office of the
113 Chief Court Administrator may prescribe, except that the Chief Court
114 Administrator shall determine the rate or amount of the service fee for
115 any such card in accordance with subsection (c) of section 1-1j, as
116 amended by this act.
117 Sec. 7. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) As used in this section,
118 "lottery draw game" means any game in which one or more numbers,
119 letters or symbols are randomly drawn at predetermined times, not to
120 exceed four times per day, from a range of numbers, letters or symbols,
121 and prizes are paid to players possessing winning plays, as set forth in
122 each game's official game rules. "Lottery draw game" does not include
123 keno, as defined in section 12-801 of the general statutes.
124 (b) The Connecticut Lottery Corporation shall establish a program to
125 sell lottery tickets for lottery draw games through the corporation's
126 Internet web site, online service or mobile application. The program
127 shall, at a minimum:
128 (1) Verify that a person who establishes an online lottery account to
129 purchase a lottery ticket through such program is eighteen years of age
130 or older and is located in the state;
131 (2) Restrict the sale of lottery tickets to transactions initiated and
132 received within the state;
133 (3) Allow a person to establish an online lottery account and use a
134 credit card, debit card or verified bank account to purchase lottery
135 tickets through such account;
136 (4) Limit a person with an online lottery account to using only one
137 debit card or credit card;
138 (5) Provide that any money in an online lottery account belongs solely
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139 to the owner of the account and may be withdrawn by the owner;
140 (6) Establish a voluntary self-exclusion process to allow a person to
141 exclude himself or herself from establishing an online lottery account or
142 purchasing a lottery ticket through such program;
143 (7) At least every five years, be the subject of an independent review
144 for responsible play as assessed by industry standards;
145 (8) Provide responsible gambling and problem gambling
146 information;
147 (9) Limit the amount of money a person may (A) deposit into an
148 online lottery account, and (B) spend per day through such program;
149 and
150 (10) Display the results of lottery draw game drawings on the
151 corporation's Internet web site, online service or mobile application but
152 the lottery draw game drawings may not take place on the corporation's
153 Internet web site, online service or mobile application.
154 (c) (1) The Connecticut Lottery Corporation may not establish a
155 program pursuant to this section until the Commissioner of Consumer
156 Protection adopts regulations in accordance with the provisions of
157 chapter 54 of the general statutes to implement the provisions of this
158 section and assure the integrity of such program.
159 (2) The corporation shall submit to the commissioner official game
160 rules for each lottery draw game the corporation seeks to offer through
161 the program. The corporation may not offer a lottery draw game
162 through the program until the commissioner approves, in writing, the
163 official rules for such game.
164 (d) After establishing the program pursuant to this section, the
165 corporation: (1) May implement initiatives to promote the purchase of
166 lottery tickets through lottery sales agents; (2) may implement initiatives
167 to promote the purchase of both online lottery draw games and the
168 purchase of lottery tickets through lottery sales agents; and (3) shall
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169 conduct a public awareness campaign to educate the public regarding
170 responsible gambling and to inform the public of the programs available
171 for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of compulsive gamblers
172 in the state.
173 Sec. 8. Subdivision (4) of subsection (b) of section 12-806 of the general
174 statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof
175 (Effective from passage):
176 (4) (A) To introduce new lottery games, modify existing lottery
177 games, utilize existing and new technologies, determine distribution
178 channels for the sale of lottery tickets, introduce keno pursuant to signed
179 agreements with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan
180 Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, in accordance with section 12-806c, and,
181 to the extent specifically authorized by regulations adopted by the
182 Department of Consumer Protection pursuant to chapter 54, introduce
183 instant ticket vending machines, kiosks and automated wagering
184 systems or machines, with all such rights being subject to regulatory
185 oversight by the Department of Consumer Protection; [, except that the
186 corporation shall not offer any interactive on-line lottery games,
187 including on-line video lottery games for promotional purposes;] and
188 (B) (1) To sell lottery draw games through the corporation's Internet
189 web site, online service or mobile application in accordance with section
190 7 of this act and to advertise lottery games on the corporation's Internet
191 web site, online service or mobile application; and (2) to offer interactive
192 lottery games for promotional purposes through the corporation's
193 Internet web site, online service or mobile application, provided (A)
194 there is no cost to play such interactive lottery games for promotional
195 purposes, (B) no prizes or rewards of any monetary value are awarded
196 for playing such interactive lottery games for promotional purposes,
197 and (C) no lottery ticket purchase is required to play such interactive
198 lottery games for promotional purposes. The corporation shall not offer
199 any interactive lottery game, including for promotional purposes,
200 except as expressly permitted pursuant to this subdivision;
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201 Sec. 9. Subdivision (13) of subsection (b) of section 12-806 of the
202 general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu
203 thereof (Effective from passage):
204 (13) To pay the Office of Policy and Management to reimburse the
205 Department of Consumer Protection for the reasonable and necessary
206 costs arising from the department's regulatory oversight of the
207 corporation, in accordance with the assessment made pursuant to
208 section 12-806b, including costs arising directly or indirectly from the
209 licensing of lottery agents, performance of state police background
210 investigations, and the implementation of subsection (b) of section 12-
211 562 and sections 12-563a, 12-568a, 12-569, 12-570, 12-570a and 12-800 to
212 12-818, inclusive, as amended by this act, and section 7 of this act;
213 Sec. 10. Section 12-810 of the general statutes is repealed and the
214 following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):
215 (a) The Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200, shall
216 apply to all actions, meetings and records of the corporation, except (1)
217 where otherwise limited by subsection (c) of this section as to new
218 lottery games and serial numbers of unclaimed lottery tickets, [and] (2)
219 with respect to financial, credit and proprietary information submitted
220 by any person to the corporation in connection with any proposal to
221 provide goods, services or professional advice to the corporation as
222 provided in section 12-815, and (3) where otherwise limited by
223 subsection (d) of this section as to information submitted by any person
224 to the corporation regarding such person's participation in the
225 corporation's voluntary self-exclusion process established pursuant to
226 subdivision (6) of subsection (b) of section 7 of this act.
227 (b) The records of proceedings as provided in subsection (a) of section
228 12-805 shall be subject to disclosure pursuant to the provisions of
229 subsection (a) of section 1-210.
230 (c) Any new lottery game and the procedures for such game, until the
231 game is publicly announced by the corporation, and any serial number
232 of an unclaimed lottery ticket shall not be deemed public records, as
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233 defined in section 1-200, and shall not be available to the public under
234 the provisions of section 1-210. The president