Bill S170-2011

Establishes age sixteen as the minimum age for assisting in the conduct of any game of bingo

Establishes age sixteen as the minimum age for assisting in the conduct of any game of bingo.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

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BILL NUMBER:S170

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to establishing age sixteen as the minimum age for assisting in the conduct of any game of bingo

PURPOSE: To allow individuals age sixteen and seventeen to assist in the conducting of bingo games.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends section 486 of the general municipal law to allow individuals age sixteen and seventeen to assist in bingo games.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would allow individuals who are sixteen and seventeen to assist in conducting bingo games. This legislation would in no way allow them to run games. But this legislation would expand the areas they can work in. Many volunteer organizations use younger members at bingo fund raising events to help get them involved in the organization. Under current law, there is an extremely limited scope of what these younger members can legally do. This legislation would still prevent them from conducting bingo games, but it would expand their ability to do more than for example working the food counter.

Bingo is a highly regulated and supervised activity. Those individuals who are assisting in bingo operations would be assisting directly with an older individual who would naturally be in a position to supervise the proceedings. Many organizations that run bingo games operate with limited manpower, by allowing younger members to assist in games we would be assisting them. Also bingo games are not usually the high stakes events that other gambling activities are.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2626 of 2003 - Veto 160. S.6767 of 2004; Referred to Senate Racing and Wagering Committee S.112 of 2005; Referred to Senate Racing and Wagering Committee. S.518 of 2007-2008; Referred to Senate Racing and Wagering Committee S.437/A.935 of 2009-2010; Referred to Senate Racing and Wagering Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 170 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wager- ing AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to establishing age sixteen as the minimum age for assisting in the conduct of any game of bingo THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 486 of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter 438 of the laws of 1962, is amended to read as follows: S 486. Participation by persons under eighteen. No person under the age of eighteen years shall be permitted to play any game or games of bingo conducted pursuant to any license issued under this article unless accompanied by an adult. No person under the age of eighteen years shall be permitted to conduct [or assist in the conduct of] any game of bingo conducted pursuant to any license issued under this article. NO PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF SIXTEEN YEARS SHALL BE PERMITTED TO ASSIST IN THE CONDUCT OF ANY GAME OF BINGO CONDUCTED PURSUANT TO ANY LICENSE UNDER THIS ARTICLE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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