Florida Senate - 2021 SB 18-A By Senator Hutson 7-00006-21A 202118A__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to fees; creating s. 546.151, F.S.; 3 requiring applicants for a fantasy contest operator 4 license to pay a specified application fee; requiring 5 contest operators to pay a specified annual license 6 renewal fee; prohibiting such fees from exceeding a 7 specified amount; requiring applicants and contest 8 operators to provide certain written evidence; 9 requiring contest operators to remit certain fees; 10 specifying that the costs for certain fingerprint 11 processing and retention shall be borne by applicants; 12 authorizing the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering 13 within the Department of Business and Professional 14 Regulation to charge a specified handling fee related 15 to fingerprint processing; requiring certain fees to 16 be deposited into the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund; 17 providing a contingent effective date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 546.151, Florida Statutes, is created to 22 read: 23 546.151 Fees.— 24 (1) An applicant for a license as a contest operator shall 25 pay an initial license application fee of $1 million to the 26 division, and an applicant seeking to renew a contest operator 27 license shall pay an annual license renewal fee of $250,000 to 28 the division; however, the respective fees may not exceed 10 29 percent of the difference between the amount of entry fees 30 collected by a contest operator from the operation of fantasy 31 sports contests in this state and the amount of cash or cash 32 equivalents paid to contest participants in this state. The 33 division shall require a contest operator applicant to provide 34 written evidence of the proposed amount of entry fees and cash 35 or cash equivalents to be paid to contest participants during 36 the annual license period. Before a license renewal, a contest 37 operator shall provide written evidence to the division of the 38 actual entry fees collected and cash or cash equivalents paid to 39 contest participants during the previous period of licensure. 40 Before a license renewal, a contest operator shall remit to the 41 division any difference in a license fee which results from the 42 difference between the proposed amount of entry fees and cash or 43 cash equivalents paid to contest participants and the actual 44 amounts collected and paid during the previous period of 45 licensure. 46 (2) Fees for state and federal fingerprint processing and 47 retention shall be borne by an applicant for a contest operator 48 license. The state cost for fingerprint processing shall be as 49 provided in s. 943.053(3)(e) for records provided to persons or 50 entities other than those specified as exceptions therein. 51 (3) The division also may charge a $2 handling fee for each 52 set of fingerprints submitted for a contest operator license. 53 (4) All fees collected by the division under this section 54 shall be deposited into the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund. 55 Section 2. This act shall take effect on the same date that 56 SB 16A or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation 57 is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension 58 thereof and becomes a law.