Chapter 337

2011 -- S 0132

Enacted 07/13/11





     Introduced By: Senator Roger Picard

     Date Introduced: January 27, 2011


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 11-19-32 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-19 entitled "Gambling

and Lotteries" is hereby amended to read as follows:


     11-19-32. Operation of bingo games. -- Any charitable organization approved by the

department may promote, carry on, or conduct the game of bingo provided as follows:

      (1) The game is conducted by members of the organization; provided, however, that the

members shall be permitted to employ one or more persons to carry on or conduct the game who

are not members of the organization; and provided, further, that any person who is a member or a

worker of the organization which promotes, carries on or conducts the game shall be permitted to

be a member or worker of another organization that promotes, carries on or conducts the game of


      (2) No person in the actual or constructive management and control of the game receives

any compensation for services connected to the game or receives any compensation from the

gross receipts of the game.

      (3) The entire net receipts of the game are applied solely to the charitable purposes of the

organization. All expenses deducted from gross receipts must be reasonable and related to the

actual conduct of the game.

      (4) The total amount of all expenses deducted from the gross receipts shall not exceed

twenty-five percent (25%) of the total annual gross receipts raised through bingo, not including

monies raised through the sale of pull-tab lottery tickets.

      (5) The total prizes, in the form of cash and/or retail merchandise including prizes from

winner-take-all games, which are offered or awarded do not exceed the sum of seven thousand

five hundred dollars ($7,500) in any one night.

      (6) The game is carried on or conducted not more than twice in any period of one

calendar week under a license issued pursuant to the provisions of section 11-19-37.

      (7) That there be only one sponsor for each date of the proposed game and that the game

shall be conducted only on the premises affiliated with the organization in conformance with

rules and regulations.

      (8) That any building in which a game is played or conducted shall be used no more than

three (3) times in any calendar week for conducting a game, and that no annex or subdivision of

any building shall be permitted to be used to conduct a game in an attempt to increase the number

of times the building may be used for bingo purposes.

      (9) The organization shall keep and maintain financial records relating to the game in

accordance with rules and regulations and have the records available for inspection upon demand.

      (10) Payment of a prize in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) shall be made by


      (11) "Winner-take-all" games are prohibited, with the exception that each organization

shall be permitted to play one optional "winner-take-all" game per night.

      (12) No person under the age of eighteen (18) years shall be permitted to play the game.

      (13) Notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, any approved charitable

organization conducting a lawful game of bingo pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be

permitted to advertise their game in print media. As used in this chapter, "advertise" means an

advertisement or announcement in print media containing the date, time, and place of the game,

the charitable organization sponsoring and/or benefiting from the game, whether the game shall

provide for a bonus building/prize pool, and the total amount of the prize pool as set forth in

subdivision (14) of this section.

      (14) The game may provide for a bonus building/prize pool which would start at five

hundred dollars ($500) and increase at one hundred dollar ($100) increments each week until it

reaches a maximum amount of one thousand dollars ($1000).

      (15) Game workers may be compensated with a non-monetary gift, valued at not more

than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per quarter and/or a total of one hundred dollars ($100) per

year. Beverages and food provided without charge to volunteer workers at the game of bingo

shall not be considered to be compensation for purposes of the subsection.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.