hb1877i-Introduced Bill Text
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1877
91ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES FOLEY, GRAHAM AND O'TOOLE (Co-sponsors).
Read 1st time February 11, 2002, and 1000 copies ordered printed.
TED WEDEL, Chief Clerk
To repeal sections 144.140, 144.190, 144.710, 313.805, 313.820, and 313.822, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof seven
new sections for the sole purpose of establishing and funding the schools of the future fund, with an emergency clause.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Sections 144.140, 144.190, 144.710, 313.805, 313.820, and 313.822, RSMo, are repealed and seven new
sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 136.320, 144.140, 144.190, 144.710, 313.805, 313.820, and
313.822, to read as follows:
136.320. 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, with respect to taxes administered by
the department of revenue, an amnesty from the assessment or payment of all penalties, additions to tax, and
interest shall apply with respect to unpaid taxes reported and paid in full from August 1, 2002, to September 30,
2002, regardless of whether previously assessed, except for penalties, additions to tax, and interest paid before
August 1, 2002. The amnesty shall apply only to state tax liabilities due but unpaid on or before December 31, 2001,
and shall not extend to any taxpayer who at the time of payment:
(1) Is a party to any criminal investigations or to any civil or criminal litigation that is pending in any court of the
United States or this state for nonpayment, delinquency, or fraud in relation to any state tax imposed by the state of
(2) Is a party to an appeal with the administrative hearing commission; or
(3) Is a party to a protest with the department of revenue.
2. Upon written application by the taxpayer, on forms prescribed by the director of revenue, and upon compliance
with the provisions of this section, the department of revenue shall not seek to collect any penalty, addition to tax, or
interest which may be applicable. The department of revenue shall not seek civil or criminal prosecution for any
taxpayer for the taxable period for which the amnesty has been granted.
3. Amnesty shall be granted only to those taxpayers who have applied for amnesty within the period stated in
subsection 1 of this section, who have filed a tax return for each taxable period for which amnesty is requested, who
have paid the entire balance due within sixty days of approval by the department of revenue, and who agree to
comply with state tax laws for the next three years from the date of the agreement. No taxpayer shall be entitled to
a waiver of any penalty, addition to tax, or interest pursuant to this section unless full payment of the tax due is
made in accordance with rules and regulations established by the director of revenue.
4. A collection fee, not to exceed twenty-five percent of the delinquent tax amount, may be imposed but shall not be
subject to waiver or abatement. The collection fee shall be in addition to all other penalties and interest otherwise
authorized by law and may be imposed upon any tax liabilities eligible to be satisfied during the amnesty period
established pursuant to subsection 1 of this section that are not satisfied during such period.
5. If a taxpayer elects to participate in the amnesty program established pursuant to this section as evidenced by
full payment of the tax due as established by the director of revenue, that election shall constitute an express and
absolute relinquishment of all administrative and judicial rights of appeal. No tax payment received pursuant to
this section shall be eligible for refund or credit.
6. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to disallow the department of revenue to adjust a taxpayer's tax
return as a result of any state or federal audit.
7. All tax payments received as a result of the amnesty program established pursuant to this section shall be
deposited in the schools of the future fund created pursuant to section 313.822, RSMo.
8. The department may promulgate such rules or regulations or issue administrative guidelines as are necessary to
administer the provisions of this section. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated pursuant to the authority of this
section shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to chapter 536, RSMo.
144.140. 1. From every remittance to the director of revenue made on or before the date when the same becomes due, the
person required to remit the same shall be entitled to deduct and retain an amount equal to [two percent thereof]:
(1) Two percent for any annual sales tax remittance filed pursuant to section 144.080; and
(2) One-half of one percent for any quarterly, monthly, or quarter-monthly sales tax remittance filed pursuant to
sections 144.080 to 144.081.
2. Additional revenue resulting from the implementation of this section shall be deposited in the schools of the
future fund created pursuant to section 313.822, RSMo.
144.190. 1. If a tax has been incorrectly computed by reason of a clerical error or mistake on the part of the director of
revenue, such fact shall be set forth in the records of the director of revenue, and the amount of the overpayment shall be
credited on any taxes then due from the person legally obligated to remit the tax pursuant to sections 144.010 to 144.525,
and the balance shall be refunded to the person legally obligated to remit the tax, such person's administrators or executors,
as provided for in section 144.200.
2. If any [tax,] penalty or interest has been paid more than once, or has been erroneously or illegally collected, or has been
erroneously or illegally computed, such sum shall be credited on any taxes then due from the person legally obligated to
remit the tax pursuant to sections 144.010 to 144.510, and the balance, with interest as determined by section 32.065,
RSMo, shall be refunded to the person legally obligated to remit the tax, but no such credit or refund shall be allowed
unless duplicate copies of a claim for refund are filed within three years from date of overpayment.
3. If any tax was paid more than once, was incorrectly collected, or was incorrectly computed, such sum shall be
credited on any taxes then due from the person legally obligated to remit the tax pursuant to sections 144.010 to
144.510, or refunded, with interest as determined by section 32.065, RSMo, to the person legally obligated to remit
the tax, only if duplicate copies of a claim for refund are filed within three years from date of overpayment and,
either the person legally obligated to remit the tax demonstrates to the satisfaction of the director of revenue that all
incorrectly collected or incorrectly computed amounts were or will be refunded or credited to every purchaser that
originally paid the tax, or the person legally obligated to remit the tax submits to the director of revenue amended
sales tax returns showing the correct amount of gross receipts for each reporting period originally filed and proves
to the director's satisfaction that the tax originally reported and remitted to the director was paid by such person
claiming the refund or credit and was not collected from purchasers. The commissioner of administration shall, on
an annual basis, estimate the amount of additional state revenue resulting from this provision and shall transfer an
equivalent amount to the schools of the future fund.
4. Every claim for refund must be in writing and signed by the applicant, and must state the specific grounds upon which
the claim is founded. Any refund or any portion thereof which is erroneously made, and any credit or any portion thereof
which is erroneously allowed, may be recovered in any action brought by the director of revenue against the person legally
obligated to remit the tax. In the event that a tax has been illegally imposed against a person legally obligated to remit the
tax, the director of revenue shall authorize the cancellation of the tax upon the director's record.
[4.] 5. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the director of revenue shall authorize direct-pay agreements to
purchasers which have annual purchases in excess of seven hundred fifty thousand dollars pursuant to rules and regulations
adopted by the director of revenue. For the purposes of such direct-pay agreements, the taxes authorized pursuant to
chapters 66, 67, 92 and 94, RSMo, shall be remitted based upon the location of the place of business of the purchaser.
144.710. From every remittance made by a vendor as required by sections 144.600 to 144.745 to the director of revenue on
or before the date when the remittance becomes due, the vendor may deduct and retain an amount equal to [two percent
(1) Two percent for any annual use tax remittance filed pursuant to section 144.655; and
(2) One-half of one percent for any quarterly or monthly use tax remittance filed pursuant to section 144.655.
2. Additional revenue resulting from the implementation of this section shall be deposited in the schools of the
future fund created pursuant to section 313.822, RSMo.
313.805. The commission shall have full jurisdiction over and shall supervise all gambling operations governed by
sections 313.800 to 313.850. The commission shall have the following powers and shall promulgate rules and regulations
to implement sections 313.800 to 313.850:
(1) To investigate applicants and determine the priority and eligibility of applicants for a license and to select among
competing applicants for a license the applicant which best serves the interests of the citizens of Missouri;
(2) To license the operators of excursion gambling boats and operators of gambling games within such boats, to identify
occupations within the excursion gambling boat operations which require licensing, and adopt standards for licensing the
occupations including establishing fees for the occupational licenses and to license suppliers;
(3) To adopt standards under which all excursion gambling boat operations shall be held and standards for the facilities
within which the gambling operations are to be held. Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 311, RSMo, to the
contrary, the commission may authorize the operation of gambling games on an excursion gambling boat which is also
licensed to sell or serve alcoholic beverages, wine, or beer. The commission shall regulate the wagering structure for
gambling excursions [including providing a maximum loss of five hundred dollars per individual player per gambling
(4) To enter the premises of excursion gambling boats, facilities, or other places of business of a licensee within this state
to determine compliance with sections 313.800 to 313.850;
(5) To investigate alleged violations of sections 313.800 to 313.850 or the commission rules, orders, or final decisions;
(6) To assess any appropriate administrative penalty against a licensee, including, but not limited to, suspension,
revocation, and penalties of an amount as determined by the commission up to three times the highest daily amount of
gross receipts derived from wagering on the gambling games, whether unauthorized or authorized, conducted during the
previous twelve months as well as confiscation and forfeiture of all gambling game equipment used in the conduct of
unauthorized gambling games. Forfeitures pursuant to this section shall be enforced as provided in sections 513.600 to
(7) To require a licensee, an employee of a licensee or holder of an occupational license to remove a person violating a
provision of sections 313.800 to 313.850 or the commission rules, orders, or final orders, or other person deemed to be
undesirable from the excursion gambling boat or adjacent facilities;
(8) To require the removal from the premises of a licensee, an employee of a licensee, or a holder of an occupational
license for a violation of sections 313.800 to 313.850 or a commission rule or engaging in a fraudulent practice;
(9) To require all licensees to file all financial reports required by rules and regulations of the commission;
(10) To issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and subpoenas duces tecum for the production of books, records,
and other pertinent documents, and to administer oaths and affirmations to the witnesses, when, in the judgment of the
commission, it is necessary to enforce sections 313.800 to 313.850 or the commission rules;
(11) To keep accurate and complete records of its proceedings and to certify the records as may be appropriate;
(12) To ensure that the gambling games are conducted fairly. No gambling device shall be set to pay out less than eighty
percent of all wagers;
(13) To require all licensees of gambling game operations to use a cashless wagering system whereby all players' money is
converted to physical or electronic tokens, electronic cards, or chips which only can be used for wagering on the excursion
(14) To require excursion gambling boat licensees to develop a system, approved by the commission, that allows patrons
the option to prohibit the excursion gambling boat licensee from using identifying information for marketing purposes. The
provisions of this subdivision shall apply only to patrons giving identifying information for the first time. Such system
shall be submitted to the commission by October 1, 2000, and approved by the commission by January 1, 2001. The
excursion gambling boat licensee shall use identifying information obtained from patrons who have elected to have
marketing blocked under the provisions of this section only for the purposes of enforcing the requirements contained in
sections 313.800 to 313.850. This section shall not prohibit the commission from accessing identifying information for the
purposes of enforcing section 313.004 and sections 313.800 to 313.850;
(15) To determine which of the authorized gambling games will be permitted on any licensed excursion gambling boat;
(16) Excursion gambling boats shall cruise, unless the commission finds that the best interest of Missouri and the safety of
the public indicate the need for continuous docking of the excursion gambling boat in any city or county authorized
pursuant to subsection 10 of section 313.812. The commission shall base its decision to allow continuously docked
excursion gambling boats on any of the following criteria: the docking location or the excursion cruise could cause danger
to the boat's passengers, violate federal law or the law of another state, or cause disruption of interstate commerce or
possible interference with railway or barge transportation. In addition, the commission shall consider economic feasibility
or impact that would benefit land-based development and permanent job creation. The commission shall not discriminate
among applicants for continuous-docking excursion gambling that are similarly situated with respect to the criteria set forth
in this section;
(17) The commission shall render a finding concerning the possibility of continuous docking, as described in subdivision
(15) of this section, within thirty days after a hearing on any request from an applicant or licensee. Such hearing may be
held prior to any final action on licensing to assist an applicant and any city or county in the finalizing of their economic
(18) To require any applicant for a license or renewal of a license to operate an excursion gambling boat to provide an
affirmative action plan which has as its goal the use of best efforts to achieve maximum employment of African-Americans
and other minorities and maximum participation in the procurement of contractual purchases of goods and services. This
provision shall be administered in accordance with all federal and state employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1991. At license renewal, the licensee will report on the
effectiveness of the plan. The commission shall include the licensee's reported information in its annual report to the joint
committee on gaming and wagering;
(19) To take any other action as may be reasonable or appropriate to enforce sections 313.800 to 313.850 and the
313.820. 1. An excursion boat licensee shall pay to the commission an admission fee of [two] three dollars for each
person embarking on an excursion gambling boat with a ticket of admission. One dollar of such fee shall be deposited to
the credit of the gaming commission fund as authorized pursuant to section 313.835[,]; notwithstanding any other
provision of law to the contrary, one dollar of such admission fee shall be deposited in the schools of the future fund
created pursuant to section 313.822; and one dollar of such fee shall not be considered state funds and shall be paid to the
home dock city or county. Subject to appropriation, one cent of such fee deposited to the credit of the gaming commission
fund may be deposited to the credit of the compulsive gamblers fund created pursuant to the provisions of section 313.842.
Nothing in this section shall preclude any licensee from charging any amount deemed necessary for a ticket of admission to
any person embarking on an excursion gambling boat. If tickets are issued which are good for more than one excursion, the
admission fee shall be paid to the commission for each person using the ticket on each excursion that the ticket is used. If
free passes or complimentary admission tickets are issued, the excursion boat licensee shall pay to the commission the
same fee upon these passes or complimentary tickets as if they were sold at the regular and usual admission rate; however,
the excursion boat licensee may issue fee-free passes to actual and necessary officials and employees of the licensee or
other persons actually working on the excursion gambling boat. The issuance of fee-free passes is subject to the rules of
the commission, and a list of all persons to whom the fee-free passes are issued shall be filed with the commission.
2. All licensees are subject to all income taxes, sales taxes, earnings taxes, use taxes, property taxes or any other tax or fee
now or hereafter lawfully levied by any political subdivision; however, no other license tax, permit tax, occupation tax,
excursion fee, or taxes or fees shall be imposed, levied or assessed exclusively upon licensees by a political subdivision.
All state taxes not connected directly to gambling games shall be collected by the department of revenue. Notwithstanding
the provisions of section 32.057, RSMo, to the contrary, the department of revenue may furnish and the commission may
receive tax information to determine if applicants or licensees are complying with the tax laws of this state; however, any
tax information acquired by the commission shall not become public record and shall be used exclusively for commission
313.822. A tax is imposed on the adjusted gross receipts received from licensed gambling games authorized pursuant to
sections 313.800 to 313.850 at the rate of [twenty] twenty-two percent. The taxes imposed by this section shall be returned
to the commission in accordance with the commission's rules and regulations who shall transfer such taxes to the director
of revenue. All checks and drafts remitted for payment of these taxes and fees shall be made payable to the director of
revenue. If the commission is not satisfied with the return or payment made by any licensee, it is hereby authorized and
empowered to make an assessment of the amount due based upon any information within its possession or that shall come
into its possession. Any licensee against whom an assessment is made by the commission may petition for a reassessment.
The request for reassessment shall be made within twenty days from the date the assessment was mailed or delivered to the
licensee, whichever is earlier. Whereupon the commission shall give notice of a hearing for reassessment and fix the date
upon which the hearing shall be held. The assessment shall become final if a request for reassessment is not received by
the commission within the twenty days. Except as provided in this section, on and after April 29, 1993, all functions
incident to the administration, collection, enforcement, and operation of the tax imposed by sections 144.010 to 144.525,
RSMo, shall be applicable to the taxes and fees imposed by this section.
(1) Each excursion gambling boat shall designate a city or county as its home dock. The home dock city or county may
enter into agreements with other cities or counties authorized pursuant to subsection 10 of section 313.812 to share revenue
obtained pursuant to this section. The home dock city or county shall receive [ten] two percent of the adjusted gross
receipts [tax collections, as levied pursuant to this section,] for use in providing services necessary for the safety of the
public visiting an excursion gambling boat. Such home dock city or county shall annually submit to the commission a
shared revenue agreement with any other city or county. All moneys owed the home dock city or county shall be deposited
and distributed to such city or county in accordance with rules and regulations of the commission. All revenues provided
for in this section to be transferred to the governing body of any city not within a county and any city with a population of
over three hundred fifty thousand inhabitants shall not be considered state funds and shall be deposited in such city's
general revenue fund to be expended as provided for in this section.
(2) [The remaining amount] Eighteen percent of the adjusted gross receipts [tax] shall be deposited in the state treasury to
the credit of the "Gaming Proceeds for Education Fund" which is hereby created in the state treasury. Moneys deposited in
this fund shall be considered the proceeds of excursion boat gambling and state funds pursuant to article IV, section 15 of
the Missouri Constitution. All interest received on the gaming proceeds for education fund shall be credited to the gaming
proceeds for education fund. Appropriation of the moneys deposited into the gaming proceeds for education fund shall be
pursuant to state law.
(3) Two percent of the adjusted gross receipts shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the "Schools of
the Future Fund" which is hereby created in the state treasury. Moneys deposited in this fund shall be considered
the proceeds of excursion boat gambling and state funds pursuant to article IV, section 15 of the Missouri
Constitution. All interest received on the schools of the future fund shall be credited to the schools of the future
fund. The commissioner of administration shall, on an annual basis, estimate the amount of additional state
revenue resulting from the removal of maximum loss limits per individual player per gambling excursion and shall
transfer an equivalent amount to the schools of the future fund. Appropriation of the moneys deposited into the
schools of the future fund shall be used solely for the purpose of fully funding state aid to public schools pursuant to
section 163.031, RSMo.
Section B. Because immediate action is necessary to ensure that adequate funding is available to fully fund the school
foundation formula of this state, section A of this act is deemed necessary for the immediate preservation of the public
health, welfare, peace, and safety, and is hereby declared to be an emergency act within the meaning of the constitution, and
section A of this act shall be in full force and effect upon its passage and approval.
Missouri House of Representatives