Relates to the premises on which games of chance may be conducted.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to games of chance
To allow qualifying not-for-profit organizations to conduct customary and lawful activities, such as fundraising raffles, away from their ordinary premises.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 13 of § 189 of the General Municipal Law to define "premises" as any venue to conduct the customary and lawful activities of the authorized organization.
Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.
The Legislature has affirmed that raising funds for the public good is in the public interest. The proposed amendment would modify regulations to include all venues where authorized organizations normally conduct business. Games of chance fundraising activities are currently restricted to the premises of the authorized organization or an authorized games of chance. lessor, thereby hindering fund raising activities for authorized non-profit organizations that utilize the premises of others for their regular activities. Many not-for-profit entities use donated space provided by others to carry on part of their regular activities. For example, raffles during a golf fundraiser, or at a charity banquet in a hotel would currently violate the existing statute. Amending the law to include all venues where authorized organizations conduct their customary and lawful activities would increase opportunities for raising funds for the public good.
2007-08: Passed Senate/Assembly Racing & Wagering Cmte. 2009-10: S.3918 Racing, Gaming & Wagering Cmte. 2011-12: S.4692 Racing, Gaming & Wagering Cmte. 2013-14: S.1192 Passed Senate
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2057 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 21, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- 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 games of chance THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 13 of section 189 of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter 252 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows: 13. No game of chance shall be conducted on other than the premises of an authorized organization or an authorized games of chance lessor. Nothing herein shall prohibit the sale of raffle tickets to the public outside the premises of an authorized organization or an authorized games of chance lessor; or in municipalities which have passed a local law, ordinance or resolution in accordance with sections one hundred eighty-seven and one hundred eighty-eight of this article approving the conduct of games of chance that are located in the county in which the municipality issuing the license is located and in the counties which are contiguous to the county in which the municipality issuing the raffle license is located, provided those municipalities have authorized the licensee, in writing, to sell such raffle tickets therein and provided, however, that no sale of raffle tickets shall be made more than one hundred eighty days prior to the date scheduled for the occa- sion at which the raffle will be conducted. The winner of any single prize in a raffle shall not be required to be present at the time such raffle is conducted. PREMISES MAY INCLUDE ANY VENUE USED TO CONDUCT THE CUSTOMARY AND LAWFUL ACTIVITIES OF THE AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05201-01-5