SENATE BILL NO. 153
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE LOTTERY DIRECTOR.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend §4805(b), Title 29 of the Delaware Code by adding thereto a new
paragraph (15) which provides as follows:
"(15) Subpoena witnesses and compel the production of books, papers and documents of a licensee in connection with any hearings of the Director and may administer oaths or affirmations to the witnesses whenever, in the judgment of the Director, it may be necessary for the effectual discharge of his or her duties.
If any person refuses to obey any subpoena or to testify or to produce any books, papers or documents, then the Director may apply to the Superior Court of the county in which the Director may be sitting and, thereupon, the Court shall issue its subpoena requiring the person to appear and testify or to produce the books, papers and documents before the Director. Whoever fails to obey or refuses to obey a subpoena of the Superior Court shall be guilty of contempt of court and shall be punished accordingly. False swearing on the part of any witness shall be deemed perjury and shall be punished as such."
Section 2. Amend Chapter 48, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by adding thereto a
new §4807A to read as follows:
"§4807A. Fingerprinting procedure required.
(a) Any person seeking a license from the State Lottery Office shall be required to
submit his or her fingerprints and other necessary information in order to obtain the following:
(I) A report of the individual's entire criminal history record from the State Bureau of
Identification or a statement from the State Bureau of Identification that the State Bureau of Identification Central Repository contains no such information relating to that person; and
(2) A report of the individual's entire federal criminal history record pursuant to the
Federal Bureau of Investigation appropriation of Title Il of Public Law 92-544. The State Bureau of Identification shall be the intermediary for the purposes of this section and the State Lottery Office shall be the screening point for the receipt of said federal criminal history records.
(b) All information obtained pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be
forwarded to the State Lottery Office, which shall access the information and make a determination of suitability for licensure. The person seeking licensure shall be provided with a copy of all information forwarded to the State Lottery Office pursuant to this subsection. Information obtained under this subsection is confidential and may only be disclosed to the Director and Deputy Director of the State Lottery Office. The State Bureau of Identification may release any subsequent criminal history to the State Lottery Office.
(c) Costs associated with obtaining criminal history information shall be paid by the
person seeking licensure.
(d) A person seeking licensure shall have an opportunity to respond to the State
Lottery Office regarding any information obtained pursuant to subsection (b) of this section prior to a determination of suitability for licensure. The grounds upon which a person seeking licensure may be denied consideration for a license include, but are not limited to:
(1) A conviction of a felony in this State or any other jurisdiction; or
(2) A conviction of any crime involving gambling or a crime of moral turpitude within ten (10) years prior to applying for a license or at any time subsequent to the granting of a license.
(e) Upon making its determination of suitability for licensure, the State Lottery Office shall forward the determination to the person seeking a license.
(f) Any person seeking a license with the State Lottery Office who has submitted to a criminal background check in this or any other state within the previous twelve (12) months shall not be required to submit to another criminal background check; provided, however, that the person submits (1) the results of such previous criminal background check, including any previous federal criminal background check, and (2) a reference from his or her most recent employer, if any, covering the previous twelve (12) months.
(g) The State Lottery Office shall, in the manner provided by law, promulgate regulations necessary to implement this subchapter. These regulations shall include, but are not limited to:
(1) Establishment, in conjunction with the State Bureau of Identification, of a procedure for fingerprinting persons seeking licensure with the State Lottery Office and providing the reports obtained pursuant to subsection (a) of this section;
(1) Establishment of a procedure to provide confidentiality of information obtained
pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and of the determination of suitability for licensure."
Approved July 7, 1995