senate Bill S5326

Authorizes the conducting of event games by organizations authorized to conduct games of chance

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 05 / May / 2011
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 24 / May / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1197
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A7851

Summary

Authorizes the conducting of event games by organizations authorized to conduct games of chance.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7851
Versions:
S5326
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง186, Gen Muni L

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BILL NUMBER:S5326

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general municipal law, in relation to authorizing the
conducting of event games by organizations authorized to conduct games
of chance

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this bill to broaden the definition of authorized event
games to include not only event games that are associated with
conventional bell jar games, with instant winners, but to also
include event games that designated an additional winner determined
by a secondary event.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends General Municipal Law subdivisions 3, 3-a, 3-d, 9
and 14 of 186 to broaden the definition of event games associated
with bell jar ticket sales so that an additional winner can be
designated based on a secondary determining event. For example,
these games would be played like any other bell jar game, except that
a certain number of designated tickets of a bell jar ticket run that
correspond to the numbers of a bingo game would be held for an
additional prize based on a secondary event.

EXISTING LAW:
Not clearly authorized by current law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Gaming activities such as bell jar ticket sales helps to support local
charitable organizations and their good works. This bill expands
slightly the types of games that can be played to increase the
satisfaction of charitable organization patrons and to raise money to
support these charitable organizations.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.7773 of 2008: Passed Senate, died in Assembly Racing and Wagering
Committee.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5326

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LARKIN -- 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 authorizing
  the conducting of event games by organizations authorized  to  conduct
  games of chance

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivisions  3, 3-a, 3-d, 9 and 14 of section 186  of  the
general  municipal  law, subdivision 3 as amended by section 5 of part B
of chapter 383 of the laws of 2001, subdivisions 3-a and  9  as  amended
and  subdivision  3-d  as  added by chapter 337 of the laws of 1998, and
subdivision 14 as amended by chapter  637  of  the  laws  of  1999,  are
amended and a new subdivision 3-e is added to read as follows:
  3.  "Games  of  chance" shall mean and include only the games known as
"merchandise wheels", "coin boards", "merchandise boards", "seal cards",
"EVENT GAMES", "raffles", and "bell jars" and such other specific  games
as  may  be  authorized by the board, in which prizes are awarded on the
basis of a designated winning number or numbers, color or colors, symbol
or symbols determined by chance, but not including games commonly  known
as  "bingo  or  lotto"  which are controlled under article fourteen-H of
this chapter and also not including  "bookmaking",  "policy  or  numbers
games"  and  "lottery" as defined in section 225.00 of the penal law. No
game of chance shall involve wagering of money  by  one  player  against
another player.
  3-a. "Bell jars" shall mean and include those games in which a partic-
ipant  shall  draw a card from a jar, vending machine, or other suitable
device or container which contains numbers, colors or symbols  that  are
covered  and  which,  when  uncovered,  may reveal that a prize shall be
awarded on the basis of a designated winning number, color or symbol  or

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11246-01-1

S. 5326                             2

combination  of numbers, colors or symbols. Bell jars shall also include
seal cards, coin boards, EVENT GAMES, and merchandise boards.
  3-d.  "Seal  cards"  shall mean a board or placard used in conjunction
with a deal of the  same  serial  number  which  contains  one  or  more
concealed  areas  that,  when  removed or opened, reveal a predesignated
winning number, letter, or symbol located on the  board  or  placard.  A
SEAL  CARD  USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN EVENT GAME SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED
TO CONTAIN LINES FOR PROSPECTIVE SEAL WINNERS TO SIGN THEIR NAME.
  3-E. "EVENT GAME" SHALL MEAN A BELL JAR GAME IN WHICH CERTAIN  WINNERS
ARE DETERMINED BY THE RANDOM SELECTION OF ONE OR MORE BINGO NUMBERS, THE
USE OF A SEAL CARD OR BY ANOTHER METHOD APPROVED BY THE BOARD.
  9.  "Single  type  of  game"  shall  mean the games of chance known as
merchandise  wheels,  coin  boards,  merchandise  boards,  EVENT  GAMES,
raffles, and bell jars and each other specific game of chance authorized
by the board.
  14.  "One  occasion"  shall  mean the successive operations of any one
single type of game of chance which results in the awarding of a  series
of  prizes  amounting  to  five  hundred dollars or four hundred dollars
during any one license period, in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of
subdivision eight of section one hundred eighty-nine of this article, as
the  case may be. For purposes of the game of chance known as a merchan-
dise wheel or a raffle, "one occasion" shall mean the  successive  oper-
ations  of  any one such merchandise wheel or raffle for which the limit
on a series of prizes provided by subdivision six of section one hundred
eighty-nine of this article shall apply. For purposes  of  the  game  of
chance  known  as  a  bell jar, "one occasion" shall mean the successive
operation of any one such bell jar, seal card, EVENT GAME,  coin  board,
or merchandise board which results in the awarding of a series of prizes
amounting  to  three  thousand  dollars. For the purposes of the game of
chance known as raffle "one occasion" shall mean a calendar year  during
which successive operations of such game are conducted.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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