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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 5, AMUSEMENTS, PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS AND MEETINGS
Section: 5:12-84: Casino license - applicant requirements.
84. Casino License--Applicant Requirements. Any applicant for a casino license must produce information, documentation and assurances concerning the following qualification criteria:
a. Each applicant shall produce such information, documentation and assurances concerning financial background and resources as may be required to establish by clear and convincing evidence the financial stability, integrity and responsibility of the applicant, including but not limited to bank references, business and personal income and disbursement schedules, tax returns and other reports filed with governmental agencies, and business and personal accounting and check records and ledgers. In addition, each applicant shall, in writing, authorize the examination of all bank accounts and records as may be deemed necessary by the commission or the division. The commission or the division may consider any relevant evidence of financial stability; provided, however, it is presumed that a casino licensee or applicant is financially stable if it establishes by clear and convincing evidence that it meets each of the following standards:
(1) The ability to assure the financial integrity of casino operations by the maintenance of a casino bankroll or equivalent provisions adequate to pay winning wagers to casino patrons when due. A casino licensee or applicant shall be presumed to have met this standard if it maintains, on a daily basis, a casino bankroll, or a casino bankroll and equivalent provisions, in an amount which is at least equal to the average daily minimum casino bankroll or equivalent provisions, calculated on a monthly basis, for the corresponding month in the previous year. For any casino licensee or applicant which has been in operation for less than a year, such amount shall be determined by the division based upon levels maintained by a comparable casino licensee;
(2) The ability to meet ongoing operating expenses which are essential to the maintenance of continuous and stable casino operations. A casino licensee or applicant shall be presumed to have met this standard if it demonstrates the ability to achieve positive gross operating profit, measured on an annual basis;
(3) The ability to pay, as and when due, all local, state and federal taxes, including the tax on gross revenues imposed by subsection a. of section 144 of P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-144), the investment alternative tax obligations imposed by subsection b. of section 144 of P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-144) and section 3 of P.L.1984, c.218 (C.5:12-144.1), and any fees imposed by the act or the regulations promulgated pursuant thereto;
(4) The ability to make necessary capital and maintenance expenditures in a timely manner which are adequate to ensure maintenance of a superior, first-class facility of exceptional quality pursuant to subsection i. of section 83 of P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-83). A casino licensee or applicant shall be presumed to have met this standard if it demonstrates that its capital and maintenance expenditures, over the five-year period which includes the three most recent calendar years and the upcoming two calendar years, average at least five percent of net revenue per annum, except that any casino licensee or applicant which has been in operation for less than three years shall be required to otherwise establish compliance with this standard; and
(5) The ability to pay, exchange, refinance or extend debts, including long-term and short-term principal and interest and capital lease obligations, which will mature or otherwise come due and payable during the license term, or to otherwise manage such debts and any default with respect to such debts. The division also may require that a casino licensee or applicant advise as to its plans to meet this standard with respect to any material debts coming due and payable within 12 months after the end of the license term.
b. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2011, c.19)
c. Each applicant shall produce such information, documentation and assurances as may be required to establish by clear and convincing evidence the applicant's good character, honesty and integrity. Such information shall include, without limitation, information pertaining to family, habits, character, reputation, criminal and arrest record, business activities, financial affairs, and business, professional and personal associates, covering at least the 10-year period immediately preceding the filing of the application. Each applicant shall notify the commission and division of any civil judgments obtained against any such applicant pertaining to antitrust or security regulation laws of the federal government, of this State or of any other state, jurisdiction, province or country. In addition, each applicant shall produce letters of reference from law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction in the applicant's place of residence and principal place of business, which letters of reference shall indicate that such law enforcement agencies do not have any pertinent information concerning the applicant, or if such law enforcement agency does have information pertaining to the applicant, shall specify what the information is. If the applicant has conducted gaming operations in a jurisdiction which permits such activity, the applicant shall produce letters of reference from the gaming or casino enforcement or control agency which shall specify the experiences of such agency with the applicant, his associates, and his gaming operation; provided, however, that if no such letters are received within 60 days of request therefor, the applicant may submit a statement under oath that he is or was during the period such activities were conducted in good standing with such gaming or casino enforcement or control agency.
d. Each applicant shall produce such information, documentation and assurances as may be required to establish by clear and convincing evidence that the applicant has sufficient business ability and casino experience as to establish the likelihood of creation and maintenance of a successful, efficient casino operation. The applicant shall produce the names of all proposed casino key employees as they become known and a description of their respective or proposed responsibilities.
e. Each applicant shall produce such information, documentation and assurances to establish the suitability of the casino and related facilities subject to subsection i. of section 83 of P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-83) and that its proposed location will not adversely affect casino operations. Each applicant shall submit to the division an impact statement which shall include, without limitation, architectural and site plans which establish that the proposed facilities comply in all respects with the requirements of this act and the requirements of the master plan and zoning and planning ordinances of Atlantic City, without any use variance from the provisions thereof; a market impact study which analyzes the adequacy of the patron market and the effect of the proposal on such market and on the existing casino facilities licensed under this act; and an analysis of the effect of the proposal on the overall economic and competitive conditions of Atlantic City and the State of New Jersey.
f. For the purposes of this section, each applicant shall be responsible for the submission to the division of the name, address, fingerprints and written consent for a criminal history record background check to be performed for each person who must individually qualify in conjunction with the casino license application. The division is hereby authorized to exchange fingerprint data with and receive criminal history record information from the State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation consistent with applicable State and federal laws, rules and regulations. The applicant shall bear the cost for the criminal history record background check, including all costs of administering and processing the check. The Division of State Police shall promptly notify the division in the event a current or prospective licensee, who was the subject of a criminal history record background check pursuant to this section, is arrested for a crime or offense in this State after the date the background check was performed.
L.1977, c.110, s.84; amended 1979, c.282, s.20; 1987, c.352, s.2; 1987, c.410, s.7; 1991, c.182, s.25; 1995, c.18, s.25; 2003, c.199, s.5; 2009, c.36, s.8; 2011, c.19, s.48.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2013-06-10 16:36:30.
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