Advisory Notices

ADVISORY NOTICE
 
August 8, 2022
 
 
To:       All Licensed Device Owners & Distributors
 
From:  Gaming Enforcement Division
            Video Draw Poker Technical Staff
 
RE:      CENTRAL SYSTEM UPDATE: Temporary moratorium of ‘Ultimate Resets’ on iLink Site Controllers is now lifted.  Operations may resume as normal.
 
In a continuing effort to keep the Video Gaming Industry informed of operational and procedural matters, this notice serves to update you with information relative to the Video Poker Central Computer System and its configuration parameters.
 
The temporary moratorium of the process and operation of ‘Ultimate Resets’ on iLink Site Controllers is now lifted. 
 
The technical issue with the Ventus VPN Broadband Modem has been resolved.
 
The industry may resume normal operations.
 
Thank you,
 
 225-922-2222 (Technical Staff)
videogaming.techncial@la.gov
 





 

State of Louisiana

Department of Public Safety and Corrections Public Safety Services

July 26, 2022

Video Gaming Advisory Notice (Regarding) Qualified Truck Stop Facilities

To all Truck Stop Licensees,

Effective August 1, 2022 ACT 557/HB 742 provides relative to fuel sale requirements and amenity requirements for qualified truck stop facilities

Pursuant to this act, a qualified truck stop facility that has met fuel sale requirements for or after 10 years of operation to offer fuel sales for individual vehicle consumption in the regular course of business without meeting fuel sales requirements. However, the licensee would still be required to offer fuel. A licensee qualifying under La. R.S. 27:416(C)(3)(a) could continue to operate the number of devices it operated during the qualifying consecutive five-year period, and a licensee qualifying under La. R.S. 27:416(C)(3)(b) could continue to operate the number of devices it operated during the prior qualifying calendar year of operation (not to exceed 40 devices). The maximum number of machines the licensee can operate is locked in at the time of the request.

This Act also removes the requirement that a qualified truck stop facility must maintain an onsite restaurant or class A general retail permit operating as a sports wagering lounge as a criteria for a type 5 license. Instead, it adds a Class-A General retail permit operating as a sports wagering lounge, which sells food or has an onsite restaurant to the list of amenities required for qualified truck stop facilities.

Statute changes:

La. R.S. 27:416(C)(3)(c), Qualified truck stop facilities; number of devices; fuels sales La. R.S. 27:417(A)(6)(h), Qualified truck stop criteria; amenities

Repeals La. R.S. 27:417(A)(2), Qualified truck stop criteria; amenities Effective date August 1, 2022.

If you have any questions or need assistance regarding the aforementioned topics, please contact Sgt. Mike Nicolini (225) 922-2520

COURTESY LOYALTY SERVICE
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”
P.O. BOX 66614, BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA 70896

DPSSP 4117


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Video Poker Truck Stop Gaming Advisory Notice

November 3, 2021

Topics:

1.        Qualified truck stop criteria and amenities

With the expiration of the order or proclamation by the governor that affected the operation of a type five establishment (truck stop), the suspension of the operation of restaurants and amenities referenced in LA RS 27:417 D is no longer in effect.  Unless affected by hurricane Ida, all licensed type five establishments are required to have a fully operational restaurant and amenities as required by the LA RS 27:417 A. by January 3, 2022.  

If your establishment currently has damage from hurricane Ida that effects the operation of any criteria or amenities, you must notify the Division if you have not done so already.

If you have any question, please call or email Sgt. Eddie Daigle

225-922-2520

eddie.daigle@la.gov


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Video Poker Truck Stop Gaming Advisory Notice
October 27, 2021
Topics:
1.        Qualified truck stop criteria and amenities
With the expiration of the order or proclamation by the governor that affected the operation of a type five establishment (truck stop), the suspension of the operation of restaurants and amenities referenced in LA RS 27:417 D is no longer in effect.  Unless affected by hurricane Ida, all licensed type five establishments are required to have a fully operational restaurant and amenities as required by the LA RS 27:417 A. by December 1, 2021.  
If your establishment currently has damage from hurricane Ida that effects the operation of any criteria or amenities, you must notify the Division if you have not done so already.
If you have any question, please call or email Sgt. Eddie Daigle
225-922-2520
eddie.daigle@la.gov


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ADVISORY NOTICE
Central System Notification
 
September 28, 2021
 
To:       All Video Poker Licensees
 
From:  Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division (Division)
 
Subject: iLink Site Controller Upgrades
 
In a continuing effort to keep the Louisiana Video Gaming Industry informed of operational and procedural matters, this notice serves to update the Video Poker Industry with regards to the IGT Central System Site Controller Upgrade (iLink).  The Division has completed testing of the iLink upgrade and are now preparing to work with all Device Owners to upgrade their locations. 
 
Beginning on October 1, 2021, the Division’s Technical staff will contact device owners and schedule a date and time to go purchase their iLinks.  Once the iLinks are purchased, we will coordinate a date and time to convert your locations
 
Please note that all locations must be upgraded to iLinks by April 30, 2022.  Any locations that are not upgraded by the established deadline may be subject to disablement.
 
Should you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Divisions Technical staff at 225-922-222 or email them at videogaming.technical@la.gov.
 
 
 
 
 
225-922-2222 (Technical Line)
videogaming.technical@la.gov
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ADVISORY NOTICE

Hurricane Ida

 

August 27, 2021

 

 

To:       All Licensed Device Owners & Distributors

 

From:  Louisiana State Police

            Gaming Enforcement Division

            Video Poker Section

            Technical Compliance 

 

RE:      EMERGENCY MOVEMENT OF VIDEO POKER DEVICES.

 

Should a natural disaster, hurricane or an emergency condition require movement of poker machines at a licensed establishment, please follow the procedures as described:

 

  • If possible Device Owners need to email in a “Disable Request Form 05.  The Division will snap final meters and disable the machines, then the machine may be removed from the location.  
  • If emergency movement of the machines is required after normal business hours, the device owner will need to snap final meters and connect to the host from the site controller at each location.  If you have VSC utilize the EOD end of day function.  If you have an iLink use the Disable function.  Then disconnect and remove the poker machine from the location.  
  • Device Owners must then contact the Division’s Technical staff the next business day for further instructions and submission of Disable Requests, Transfer Report Forms and Service Repair Forms as established in policy.

 

In the event that a Natural Disaster or emergency condition requires the movement or relocation of Video Poker machines within a Device Owners Warehouse or Storage facility, please follow the procedures as described:

 

  • Device Owners must report to the Division the Temporary Warehouse location where poker machines will be stored.
  • Out of State Storage of Poker Machines is strictly prohibited. 
  • Following the end of the emergency condition, Device Owners must return the machines to the previously approved warehouse or petition the Division for a new permanent Storage Facility. 
  • Any movement of Poker Machines from one warehouse to another requires the submission of a “Device Shipment Notification Form 43

 

You may submit all Request by email to: videogaming.technical@la.gov .

 

Should you have any questions regarding this advisory notice, contact a member of the Technical Section at 225-922-2222.  



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ADVISORY NOTICE

    May 14, 2021

AUD-21-0014

 

TO:        ALL DEVICE OWNERS         

 

RE:        VIDEO GAMING DEVICE OPERATIONAL FEE RENEWALS 2021/2022 FISCAL YEAR

              

Reminder: Device Operational fee is an annual fee that is allowed to be swept on a quarterly basis and is pro-rated (pro-rated means - charged at initial enrollment and remaining quarters of the fiscal year).  Any VGD that is in a site at the beginning of a fiscal year (July 1st) will be charged all 4 quarters of the fiscal year, unless destroyed or sold back to distributor as outlined in this advisory notice.

 

All device permits will expire at midnight June 30, 2021.  To make the transition to the 2021/2022 fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) as smooth as possible, the Gaming Enforcement Division will adhere to the following procedures and guidelines.

 

Automatic Device Renewals

 

Any device located at a licensed establishment according to the Division’s database as of June 30, 2021 will be automatically renewed for the 2021/2022 fiscal year without operational interruption. The first quarter (July, August and September) device operational fees will be swept with the regular franchise fee sweep on July 23, 2021.  The device operational fees will be charged according to the location of the devices as indicated below:

 

 

Location of Device as of June 30, 2019     Quarterly Fees per Device

Type 1 - Lounges    $ 62.50

Type 2 - Restaurants    $ 62.50

Type 3 - Hotels/Motels    $ 62.50

Type 4 - Off Track Betting Parlors    $250.00

             Type 4 - Race Tracks    $312.50

             Type 5 - Truck Stops    $250.00

Devices Transferred To Warehouse

 

It will be the responsibility of the device owners to properly disable and transfer any device they do not wish to renew for the 2021/2022 fiscal year.  A disable request for each machine must be submitted to the Division before devices are physically removed from the location.  Device owners must also submit the necessary transfer form(s) (DPSSP 0059) to the Division on or before June 21, 2021 in order to prevent renewal of devices for fiscal year 2021/2022.

NOTE:     DEVICES MUST BE DISABLED AND FORMS (DPSSP 0059) SUBMITTED TO THE DIVISION ON OR BEFORE JUNE 21, 2021 IN ORDER TO GUARANTEE NON-RENEWAL OF DEVICE OPERATIONAL FEES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021/2022

 

Device owners must follow proper procedures as set forth in the Louisiana State Police “Technical Procedures and Policy Instructional Handbook”.                                                                                         

New Devices

If a new machine is moved to an establishment on or before June 30, 2021 the device operational fees will be due for the last quarter of 2020/2021 and will be swept on July 9, 2021.  The “Quarterly Fees” in the above section will apply.

 

Quarterly Device Operational Fees

 

All permitted devices will be automatically swept for their quarterly device operational fees on the second sweep of each quarter.  Device operational fees will be based on where the VGD is located at the end of the first billing period of each quarter (15th of the month).   The tentative dates for those sweeps are as follows:

QUARTER        SWEEP DATE

First Quarter (July - September)        July 23, 2021

Second Quarter (October - December)        October 25, 2021

Third Quarter (January - March)        January 25, 2022

Fourth Quarter (April - June)        April 25, 2022

 

 

Devices Permanently Removed From Service    

According to the Administrative Rules, devices that may be permanently removed from service are:

   1) devices sold back or otherwise returned to the manufacturer; or

   2) devices that are damaged beyond repair due to theft, vandalism, or natural disasters; or

   3) devices that are completely dismantled for parts or destroyed and properly discarded as waste.

 

Devices that are permanently removed from service (depending on the date removed from service- see schedule listed below) will not be swept for device operational fees for future quarters of the fiscal year.

 

    TO AVOID FUTURE QUARTER DEVICE OPERATIONAL FEES, DEVICES     PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM SERVICE NEED TO BE PROCESSED

    BY THE DIVISION PRIOR TO THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH AT THE

    END OF EACH QUARTER.

        

        SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

        DECEMBER 31, 2021

        MARCH 31, 2022

        JUNE 30, 2022

 

 

 

If you have any questions concerning this advisory notice, please contact the Division’s Technical or Accounting staff by email or at the following numbers:

 

Technical Staff, Gaming Enforcement Division (225) 922-2222, videogaming.technical@la.gov

Kori Kreutz, Accountant 3, Gaming Audit (225) 922-1545, kori.kreutz@la.gov



 
 
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JOHN
 BEL EDWARDS                                                                           LAMAR A. DAVIS, COLONEL
        GOVERNOR                                                                                    DEPUTY SECRETARY
State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Public Safety Services
March 11, 2021

To all Licensees,
You are receiving this email as a reminder that your Video Draw Poker License should not expire this year and therefore requires an Annual License Form by June 30, 2021.  In the past the Gaming Enforcement Division (Division) has mailed the renewal or annual packets to licensees via the United States Postal Service.  Going forward licensees will only receive an electronic mail (email) from the Division.  The email will be sent to the address that is currently on file with the Division.
Please read this document carefully before completing the annual application.  All annual applications must be Complete, Typed, and Signed in Blue or Black ink or the annual application shall be rejected and returned to the applicant.

Pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statute 27:435.K (4) (a), all video draw poker licensees are required to pay the appropriate annual fees by July first of each year if your Video Gaming license does not expire on June 30, 2021.

If the required annual fees are submitted after July first but on or before July thirty-first, the licensee shall be subject to the following penalty:
·        Establishments authorized to operate up to three video draw poker devices, two hundred fifty dollars.
·        Establishments authorized to operate more than three video draw poker devices, device owners, service entities, and distributors, five hundred dollars.
If the required annual fees are submitted after July thirty-first but on or before August thirty-first, the licensee shall be subject to the following penalty:
·        Establishments authorized to operate up to three video draw poker devices, five hundred dollars.
·        Establishments authorized to operate more than three video draw poker devices, device owners, service entities, and distributors, one thousand dollars.
Please do not remit penalty at this time.  You will receive a letter at a later date stating the penalty amount due. Failure to submit the annual fee on or before August thirty-first may be cause for suspension or revocation of the license.  In lieu of suspension or revocation of the license, the board may levy a fine not to exceed ten thousand dollars. Additionally, Louisiana Administrative Code 42:XI.2405.B.4.b requires the submission of proof of current tax filings and payments, including tax clearance certificates from the State and all appropriate local taxing authorities, along with the annual fees no later than July first of each year.

INSTRUCTIONS
Please completely fill in all requested information on the Annual Licensee Form.  Sign the affidavit and have it properly notarized by an active notary.  The affidavit must be signed by a duly authorized representative if the licensed business is a partnership, limited liability company, or corporation.
Also, the Division will not provide any pre-filled forms.  Below is a link to a LSP.org website where the required blank forms to complete your annual are located.  
http://dpsweb.dps.louisiana.gov/gamingforms.nsf/Licensing?OpenView&Start=1&Count=1200&Expand=9#9

Annual License Forms documents:

1.        Annual Licensee Form DPSSP 6643
2.        Annual Licensee Check List Form (R 02/2012)
3.        Record Update Form (R 10/2010)

The completed form, payment, required tax clearance certificates, Record update form and a copy of current state ATC Permit (if applicable) shall be submitted via delivery by the United States Postal Service certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, or a private/commercial interstate carrier to either of the following addresses:

Louisiana State Police                                        Louisiana State Police
Gaming Enforcement Division – Licensing                Gaming Enforcement Division – Licensing
7919 Independence Blvd., Mailbox #A-28                P.O. Box 66614, Mailbox #A-28
Baton Rouge, LA  70806                                        Baton Rouge, LA  70896-6614

Please remit this completed form with the appropriate annual fees, tax clearance certificates, Record Update form and a copy of current state ATC Permit (if applicable) to the Division postmarked on or before July first to avoid administrative penalties.  The Division will only accept checks or money orders for payment of the annual fees.  Please call (225) 925-1900 if assistance is needed.

REMINDER:  All applications shall contain an email address, telephone number, and permanent mailing address for receipt of correspondence and service of documents by the division. The failure of an applicant or licensee to receive, claim or acknowledge correspondence and service of documents shall result in an unfavorable recommendation to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board against the gaming application or license.    
·        Licensees are reminded that State Sales Tax Clearance Certificates and Local Sales Tax Clearance Certificates must be submitted for State Police Video Poker Gaming Division, not Alcohol Tobacco Control.  
The Renewal Application, payment and all required documents shall be submitted via delivery by the United States Postal Service certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, or a private/commercial interstate carrier to the following address:
Louisiana State Police
Gaming Enforcement Division – Licensing
7919 Independence Blvd., Mailbox #A-28
Baton Rouge, LA  70806
Gaming Enforcement Division District Office contact numbers
Baton Rouge (225) 925-1900
Breaux Bridge (337) 332-8070
Lake Charles (337) 491-2850
New Orleans (504) 310-7000
Bossier City (318) 741-7100
 
 


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JOHN BEL EDWARDS                                                                        KEVIN W. REEVES, COLONEL
        GOVERNOR                                                                                             DEPUTY SECRETARY
State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Public Safety Services

September 18, 2020

ADVISORY NOTICE

TO:          Louisiana all licensed Video Poker Establishments
FROM: Gaming Enforcement Division
RE:          COVID-19 Re-opening (Phase III adjustment September 17, 2020)    

In accordance with the Governor’s adjustment (September 17, 2020) to the Proclamation to Phase 3 (September 11, 2020), the following changes have taken place.

·        The adjustment allows for the on premises sale and consumption of alcohol until 11 p.m. at restaurants, casinos, and bars in parishes that are eligible to opt in to reopen bars. However, all bars must still close by 11 p.m.

 

JOHN BEL EDWARDS                                                                        KEVIN W. REEVES, COLONEL 
        GOVERNOR                                                                                             DEPUTY SECRETARY 
State of Louisiana 
Department of Public Safety and Corrections 
Public Safety Services 

September 11, 2020 

ADVISORY NOTICE 

TO:          Louisiana all licensed Video Poker Establishments 
FROM: Gaming Enforcement Division 
RE:          COVID-19 Re-opening (Phase III)     

In accordance with the Governor’s Proclamation to Phase 3 (September 11, 2020), the following changes have taken place. Establishments that hold a Type 1 Bar Video Poker license (and Type 3 Hotel with a bar) that are located in a parish with a positivity rate of COVID-19 of 5 % or lower for two consecutive weeks may opt-in to open bars for on premises consumption. 

The bar must be located in a parish that has a percent positivity of 5% or less, for two consecutive weeks, as determined and published by the Louisiana Department of Health.  The governing authority of the parish must affirmatively opt-in to allow on-premises consumption.  Should any parish that opts in then subsequently exceed 10% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in that parish shall then closed for on-premises consumption, unless and until the percent positivity decreases to 5% or less for two consecutive weeks. 

·        Bars operating under this proclamation will be able to open at 25 % capacity, up to 50 people, indoors for customers seated for tableside service. 
·        They may have no more than 50 customers outdoors, socially distanced, seated for tableside service. 
·        No live music will be allowed.   
·        No standing room capacity shall be permitted. 
·        All drinks must be ordered at the table and delivered by bar staff to the table. 
·        No walk-up service at the bar is allowed. Sale and service of alcohol at bars, when they reopen, must end at 10 p.m., with all patrons cleared from the building by 11 p.m. 
·        No bar shall open before 8 a.m.   
·        When re-opened, no one under the age of 21 is permitted in any bar.   

Phase 3 also prohibits the sale or service of alcohol for on premises consumption at all establishments, including restaurants and casinos, before 8 a.m. or after 10 p.m. 
COURTESY      LOYALTY      SERVICE DPSSP 4117 

“An Equal Opportunity Employer” 
P.O. BOX 66614, BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA 70896

 
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ADVISORY NOTICE
Hurricane Laura
August 25, 2020
 
To:       All Licensed Device Owners & Distributors
 
From:   Video Gaming Division
            Technical Staff - 225-922-2222
            videogaming.techncial@la.gov
 
RE:   EMERGENCY MOVEMENT OF VIDEO POKER DEVICES.
 
·         Should a natural disaster or an emergency condition require movement of poker machines at a licensed establishment, please follow the procedures as described:
 
  1. If possible Device Owners need to email in a “Disable Request Form 05
  2. The Division will disable the devices properly.
  3. If emergency movement of the machines is required after normal business hours, the Device Owner will need to obtain End of Day meters by manual host connect from the site controller at each location.  
  4. Device Owners must then contact the Division’s Technical staff the next business day.
 
·         In the event that a Natural Disaster or emergency condition requires the movement or relocation of devices of a Device Owner’s warehouse or temporary storage facility, please follow the procedures as described:
 
  1. Device Owners must report to the Division the temporary warehouse location where poker machines will be stored as soon as possible.
  2. Out of state storage of poker machines is prohibited. 
  3. Following the end of the emergency condition, device owners must return the machines to the previously approved warehouse or petition the Division for a new permanent storage facility.  
  4. Any movement of devices from one warehouse to another warehouse requires the submission of a “Device Shipment Notification DPSSP 0043”. 
 
Should you have any questions regarding this advisory notice, contact a member of the Technical Section at 225-922-2222 or email at videogaming.technical@la.gov.

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JOHN BEL EDWARDS                                                                        KEVIN W. REEVES, COLONEL
        GOVERNOR                                                                                             DEPUTY SECRETARY
State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Public Safety Services

July 23, 2020

ADVISORY NOTICE

TO:          Louisiana licensed Type 1 and Type 3 Video Poker Establishments
FROM: Gaming Enforcement Division
RE:          COVID-19 Re-opening (Phase II additional mitigation measures for Type 1 and Type 3 license)  

Upon review and consideration of Proclamation 89 JBE 2020, the following guiding will apply to Type 1 Video Draw Poker Establishments and Type 3 Video Draw Poker Establishments.
·        Establishments that hold a Type 1 Video Poker Bar license or a Type 3 Video Poker Hotel (with a bar) license are allowed the operation of two of the three video draw poker devices.
·        One of the three devices must be must be disabled or otherwise prohibited from being accessible for play.  
·        Only one patron can occupy an enabled video poker device at a time.
·        The patrons inside must be actively playing the device and any patrons waiting to play must remain outside.  
·        No food or beverage can be served to the patrons playing and all health, safety and sanitation procedures must be followed including the use of face coverings.
·        Establishment are responsible for ensuring these and all other applicable guidelines contained in the Governor’s Proclamations and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board’s Orders relating to the COVID health crisis including, but not limited to, Proclamation 89 JBE 2020 and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board Order No. 15, are implemented and enforced.

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JOHN
BEL EDWARDS                                                                        KEVIN W. REEVES, COLONEL
        GOVERNOR                                                                                             DEPUTY SECRETARY
State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Public Safety Services

June 12, 2020

ADVISORY NOTICE

TO:  All Louisiana licensed Video Poker Establishments          
FROM:  Gaming Enforcement Division
RE: Submittal of 2020 Video Poker Annual Affidavits and Five Year Renewals      

The deadline for annual affidavits, renewals, and their fee submission is June, 30, 2020. However, the Division is aware that, in some areas of the State, licensees are having difficulty acquiring local tax clearances and local governing authority notifications from local governments due to the adverse operational impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Should issues exist that prevent licensees from acquiring local tax clearance and/or governing authority notifications, the Division will accept annual affidavits and renewal applications with a mandate that the missing documents will be submitted within 30 days of the initial submission. Each licensee will be required to submit to the Division a written statement detailing the issues, along with their annual affidavit and/or renewal application and applicable fee with their initial submission. Upon receipt, and verification made by the Division, the licensee will be given 30 days from the date of initial submission to provide the missing documents.
 
If the annual affidavit and/or renewal application and fees are not submitted on or before June 30, 2020, or if the missing documents are not received within 30 days of the initial submission, the licensee will be subject to penalty of fine, formal denial of renewal, and/or be subject to license revocation proceedings by the Division. If you submit an annual affidavit or five year renewal with all applicable fees, but without a local tax clearance and local governing authority notification and do not provide a written statement detailing the issues, your application will be rejected and returned immediately.
 
Therefore, the Division encourages each licensee to submit the annual affidavit and/or renewal application and applicable fee on or before June 30, 2020, and submit any and all other missing documents, specific to official local tax clearances and local governing authority, within the prescribed time-frame.  
 
This provision only applies to licensees not having access to acquire local tax clearances and local governing authority notifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This does not apply if you are delinquent in the filing of taxes or returns and are denied a tax clearance. If your annual affidavit or renewal is missing any other information or documents, it will be rejected and returned immediately.
 
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JOHN BEL EDWARDS                                                                        KEVIN W. REEVES, COLONEL
        GOVERNOR                                                                                             DEPUTY SECRETARY
State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Public Safety Services

June 4, 2020

ADVISORY NOTICE

TO:  All Louisiana licensed Video Poker Establishments          
FROM:  Gaming Enforcement Division
RE: COVID-19 Re-opening (Phase II)  

With the start of Phase II in Louisiana on June 5, 2020, 75% of the gaming positions or devices can be in service with up to 50% the establishment’s total occupancy. The licensee shall practice and enforce CDC social distancing guidelines in all areas of each property including, as appropriate, the designated gaming area, lobbies, waiting areas, food and beverage facilities, customer queueing areas, all amenity areas and all back of house areas. Compliance shall be achieved through signage, marked areas on the floors, team interaction with customers and any other reasonable measures which assure compliance.

For Establishments that are issued a Type 4 (OTB) or 5 (Truck Stop) license by the Division:

To the extent possible and consistent with the spirit of the CDC social distancing guidelines licensees shall make adjustments in the gaming area to force social distancing. The use of Plexiglas or other clear dividers is authorized in lieu of social distancing requirements at electronic devices.  The top of the divider shall be no lower than the top of the gaming device and the bottom shall be no higher than the bottom of the device seat.  The width of the panel shall not be less than the width of the device seat.  The use of such panels shall not be permissible if, in the opinion of the Gaming Enforcement Division, they would interfere with established security or surveillance protocols.  Operators may also achieve social distancing by disabling or restricting play on electronic devices, removing chairs at gaming tables, or making other adjustments in table game configurations to provide for customer spacing.   In Phase II, 75% of the gaming positions or devices can be in service and with up to 50% of the establishment’s total occupancy.

All Type 4 (OTB) and 5 (Truck Stop) licenses must email Sgt. Mike Linn (Mike.Linn@la.gov) the following information:

·        Business Name and Video Poker License Number.

·        If your establishment will move to phase II.

·        Amendments to your existing reopening plans pertaining to social distancing that is specific to the use of partitions and or device spacing to comply with the new requirements if your establishment will move to phase II.

 

 

Establishments that are issued a Type 1 (Bar), Type 2 (Restaurant), or Type 3 (Hotel) license by the Division:

Establishments issued these licenses are allowed the operation of two devices.  The middle device must be disabled or otherwise prohibited from being accessible for play. To the extent possible and consistent with the spirit of the CDC social distancing guidelines licensees shall make adjustments in the gaming area to force social distancing. The use of Plexiglas or other clear dividers is authorized in lieu of social distancing requirements at electronic devices.  The top of the divider shall be no lower than the top of the gaming device and the bottom shall be no higher than the bottom of the device seat.  The width of the panel shall not be less than the width of the device seat.  The use of such panels shall not be permissible if, in the opinion Gaming Enforcement Division, they would interfere with established security or surveillance protocols.  

Establishment’s total occupancy for Type 1 (Bar), Type 2 (Restaurant), or Type 3 (Hotel)

·        Type 1 (Bar) If your bar hold a LDH food permit 50%, if it does not 25%.

·        Type 2 (Restaurant) 50%.

·        Type 3 (Hotel) refer to Type 1 (Bar) or Type 2 (Restaurant) occupancy.

 


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JOHN BEL EDWARDS                                                                        KEVIN W. REEVES, COLONEL
        GOVERNOR                                                                                             DEPUTY SECRETARY
State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Public Safety Services

May 15, 2020

ADVISORY NOTICE

TO:  All Louisiana licensed Video Poker Establishments          
FROM:  Gaming Enforcement Division
RE: COVID-19 Re-opening      

With the additional order from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board COVID-19, 50% of the gaming positions or devices can be in service.  Social distancing must be strictly adhered to; no exceptions.  With respect to gaming devices, the Division will require that every other device be disabled or otherwise prohibited from being accessible for play.  The use of clear/ translucent barrier between the devices will not be permissible for the purposes of accomplishing social distancing in this phase.
 
With respect to gaming devices, the Division will require the following for each licenses:
 
Establishments that were issued a Type 1 (Bar) or 3 (Hotel with a bar) license by the Division are not included this phase of resuming the operation of the devices, unless they hold a current Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) permit for “Food Service Establishment.” If you qualify, you must submit a copy of your LDH permit to the Louisiana State Police, Gaming Enforcement Division by using email address:  LicensingGaming@dps.la.gov as conditions required prior to the operations of your devices.  Please provide your video poker license number, and business name in your email.

Establishments that were issued a Type 2 (Restaurant) or 3 (Hotel with a restaurant) license by the Division are allowed the operation of two devices.  The middle device must be disabled or otherwise prohibited from being accessible for play.

Establishments that were issued a Type 4 (OTB) or 5 (Truck Stop) license by the Division are allowed the operation of 50% of their total devices with the operation every other device be disabled or otherwise prohibited from being accessible for play.  Along with the new amended percentages of gaming positions and the use of clear partitions, please refer to the Advisory Notice that was sent on May 12, 2020.

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The previous “ADVISORY NOTICE” regarding the Re-opening of establishments and the return of the COVID-19 Video Gaming Guidelines was for Type 4 and 5 licenses.  As of now (5-12-2020) on May 18, 2020, Type 1 licenses cannot re-open, Type 2 licenses are allowed the operation of one (1) Video Poker machine, and Type 3 licenses are allowed the operation of one (1) Video Poker machine per location in each area of the establishment if that area is licensed by the ATC with a Class A Restaurant permit.  All licensees are encouraged to use the described Guidelines even if they are not required to submit the form back to the Division.