(A) The general assembly finds that the exclusion or ejection of certain persons from casino facilities is necessary to effectuate the intents and purposes of this chapter and to maintain strict and effective regulation of casino gaming. The commission, by rule, shall provide for a list of persons who are to be excluded or ejected from a casino facility. Persons included on the exclusion list shall be identified by name and physical description. The commission shall publish the exclusion list on its web site, and shall transmit a copy of the exclusion list periodically to casino operators, as it is initially issued and thereafter as it is revised from time to time. A casino operator shall take steps necessary to ensure that all its key employees and casino gaming employees are aware of and understand the exclusion list and its function, and that all its key employees and casino gaming employees are kept aware of the content of the exclusion list as it is issued and thereafter revised from time to time.
(B) The exclusion list may include any person whose presence in a casino facility is determined by the commission to pose a threat to the interests of the state, to achieving the intents and purposes of this chapter, or to the strict and effective regulation of casino gaming. In determining whether to include a person on the exclusion list, the commission may consider:
(1) Any prior conviction of a crime that is a felony under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States, a crime involving moral turpitude, or a violation of the gaming laws of this state, another state, or the United States; and
(2) A violation, or a conspiracy to violate, any provision of this chapter that consists of:
(a) A failure to disclose an interest in a gaming facility for which the person must obtain a license;
(b) Purposeful evasion of taxes or fees;
(c) A notorious or unsavory reputation that would adversely affect public confidence and trust that casino gaming is free from criminal or corruptive elements; or
(d) A violation of an order of the commission or of any other governmental agency that warrants exclusion or ejection of the person from a casino facility.
(3) If the person has pending charges or indictments for a gaming or gambling crime or a crime related to the integrity of gaming operations in any state;
(4) If the person's conduct or reputation is such that the person's presence within a casino facility may call into question the honesty and integrity of the casino gaming operations or interfere with the orderly conduct of the casino gaming operations;
(5) If the person is a career or professional offender whose presence in a casino facility would be adverse to the interest of licensed gaming in this state;
(6) If the person has a known relationship or connection with a career or professional offender whose presence in a casino facility would be adverse to the interest of licensed gaming in this state;
(7) If the commission has suspended the person's gaming privileges;
(8) If the commission has revoked the person's licenses related to this chapter;
(9) If the commission determines that the person poses a threat to the safety of patrons or employees of a casino facility;
(10) If the person has a history of conduct involving the disruption of gaming operations within a casino facility.
Race, color, creed, national origin or ancestry, or sex are not grounds for placing a person on the exclusion list.
(C) The commission shall notify a person of the commission's intent to include such person on the exclusion list. The notice shall be provided by personal service, by certified mail to the person's last known address, or, if service cannot be accomplished by personal service or certified mail, by publication daily for two weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the county in which the person resides and in a newspaper of general circulation within each county in which a casino facility is located.
(D) A person who receives notice of intent to include the person on the exclusion list is entitled to an adjudication hearing under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, except as provided in this section, in which the person may demonstrate why the person should not be included on the exclusion list. The person shall request such an adjudication hearing not later than thirty days after the person receives the notice by personal service or certified mail, or not later than thirty days after the last newspaper publication of the notice. If the adjudication hearing or any appeal under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code results in an order that the person should not be included on the exclusion list, the commission shall publish a revised exclusion list that does not include the person. The commission also shall notify casino operators that the person has been removed from the exclusion list. A casino operator shall take all steps necessary to ensure its key employees and casino gaming employees are made aware that the person has been removed from the exclusion list.
(E) This section does not apply to the voluntary exclusion list created as part of the voluntary exclusion program.
Added by 128th General AssemblyFile No.38,HB 519, §1, eff. 9/10/2010.