Bill S3575-2013

Relates to the operation of certain bingo games

Limits the operation of certain bingo games run by retirement communities and social or charitable organizations to no more than 2 days per week.

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Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • Feb 6, 2013: REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3575

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the operation of certain bingo games

PURPOSE OF BILL: To increase the number of days on which senior citizen groups are permitted to conduct bingo games.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Clauses (B) and (C) of subparagraph (i) of paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of section 495-a of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter 441 of the laws of 2007 are amended.

Current law restricts the number of bingo games conducted by senior citizens group to fifteen days during any calendar year. This bill is aimed at senior groups that meet in their apartment building, condo or cooperative, retirement community, other group residential complex or facility, or religious organization where such games are conducted solely for the amusement and recreation of its residents.

No player or other person is allowed to furnish anything of value for the opportunity to participate. The value of the prizes shall not exceed ten dollars for any one game or a total of one hundred fifty dollars in any calendar day. No person other than an employee or volunteer of such complex, community or facility is permitted to conduct or assist in conducting the game or games. The same conditions apply to any bona fide social, charitable, educational, recreational, fraternal, religious, not-for-profit or age group organization, club or association solely for the purpose of amusement and recreation of its members.

JUSTIFICATION: Bingo is a recreational activity long enjoyed by seniors. It helps to break down the walls of isolation through social interaction. The scheduled activity gives them a reason to get up, get dressed and leave their apartment or room. It increases both their physical and mental activity. It brings a bit of excitement to their day.

This bill will allow senior citizen organizations to play 'free' bingo up to twice a week. Free bingo is defined as a game where the value of a single prize awarded shall not exceed ten dollars and the total value of all the prizes awarded shall not exceed one hundred fifty dollars in any calendar day.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill in 2013.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3575 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 6, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 the operation of certain bingo games THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Clauses (B) and (C) of subparagraph (i) of paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of section 495-a of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter 441 of the laws of 2007, are amended to read as follows: (B) within any apartment, condominium or cooperative complex, retire- ment community, or other group residential complex or facility where (I) sponsored by the operator of or an association related to such complex, community or facility, (II) such games are conducted solely for the purpose of amusement and recreation of its residents, (III) no player or other person furnishes anything of value for the opportunity to partic- ipate, (IV) the value of the prizes shall not exceed ten dollars for any one game or a total of one hundred fifty dollars in any calendar day, (V) such games are not conducted on more than [fifteen days during any calendar year] TWO DAYS PER WEEK, and (VI) no person other than an employee or volunteer of such complex, community or facility conducts or assists in conducting the game or games. (C) on behalf of any bona fide social, charitable, educational, recre- ational, fraternal, RELIGIOUS, NOT-FOR-PROFIT or age group organization, club or association solely for the purpose of amusement and recreation of its members or beneficiaries where (I) no player or other person furnishes anything of value for the opportunity to participate, (II) the value of the prizes shall not exceed ten dollars for any one game or a total of one hundred fifty dollars in any calendar day, (III) such games are not conducted on more than [fifteen days during any calendar year] TWO DAYS PER WEEK, (IV) no person other than a bona fide active member
of the organization, club or association participates in the conduct of the games, and (V) no person is paid for conducting or assisting in the conduct of the game or games. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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