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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 4.08 Financial Contributions from Gaming Interests*

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Chapter 4.08
Financial Contributions from Gaming Interests*

Sections:

4.08.010 Prohibited.
4.08.020 Definitions.
4.08.030 Exemption.
4.08.040 Penalty for violation.

* Circuit court ruled Ord. 63504 unconstitutional in President Casino v. City 024-02616 (3).

4.08.010 Prohibited.

A. It shall be unlawful for any company, business entity or person licensed by the State of Missouri or approved by the City of St. Louis to conduct gaming operations within the City of St. Louis or any person who is a director, officer, principal, partner or shareholder of a company or other business so licensed or approved by the City of St. Louis to conduct gaming operations within the City of St. Louis, or who has any financial interest in a company or other business entity so licensed or approved by the City of St. Louis to conduct gaming operations within the City of St. Louis, to make any financial contribution, in kind or otherwise, to any person holding the office of Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, or member of the Board of Aldermen, or to any candidate for the office of Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, or member of the Board of Aldermen. For purposes of this chapter, approval by the City of St. Louis to conduct gaming operations within the City of St. Louis shall include, but is not limited to: (1) authorization to conduct gaming operations at a docking or mooring location along the City-owned wharf pursuant to a lease, contract, agreement or permit; or (2) the issuance or grant of a license, permit, zoning change, zoning variance or any other approval by an agency, department or official of the City of St. Louis that is necessary to conduct gaming operations at a docking or mooring location along private property in the City of St. Louis.

B. The prohibitions set forth in subsection A of this section shall also apply to any company, business entity or person not presently licensed by the State of Missouri or approved by the City of St. Louis to conduct gaming operations within the City of St. Louis, but which has submitted a licensing application to the State of Missouri or a proposal, bid, application or request to the Port Authority Commission, the Comptroller, or the Board of Aldermen, or to any agency or department of the City of St. Louis for any authorization or approval to conduct gaming operations within the City of St. Louis.

C. The prohibitions set forth in subsections A and B of this section shall also apply to the immediate family of any person prohibited from making financial contributions to any person holding the office of Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, or member of the Board of Aldermen, or to any candidate for the office of the Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, or member of the Board of Aldermen.

D. It shall be unlawful for any person holding the office of Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, or member of the Board of Aldermen, or for any candidate for the office of the Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen or member of the Board of Aldermen, to knowingly accept any financial contribution from any person herein prohibited from making such contributions.
(Ord. 63504 1, 1995.)

4.08.020 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

A. The term "financial contribution" shall mean any money or other thing of value that is given to the Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, or member of the Board of Aldermen, or to any candidate for the office of Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, or member of the Board of Aldermen, regardless of whether such money or thing of value is given directly to the officeholder or candidate, to the campaign committee for said officeholder or candidate, or to any other person or committee for the benefit of such officeholder or candidate.

B. The term "candidate" shall include any person who has made public announcement of his or her intention of seeking office, any person who has formed a campaign committee for the purpose of seeking office, or any person who has filed for office.

C. The term "gaming" shall mean gambling games that are involved in the licensing to operate excursion gambling boats or to conduct gambling games on excursion gambling boats, pursuant to the provisions of Sections 313.800 to 313.850, R.S.Mo.

D. The term "immediate family" shall mean a spouse, father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter.
(Ord. 63504 2, 1995.)

4.08.030 Exemption.

The prohibitions of this section shall not apply to financial contributions either made by or received from shareholders of a publicly traded company provided that the shareholder owns less than five percent (5%) of the outstanding shares of said company.
(Ord. 63504 3, 1995.)

4.08.040 Penalty for Violation.

Any person who shall be convicted of any violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be punished by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).
(Ord. 63504 4, 1995.)

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