senate Bill S1962

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Permits employees of authorized organizations to operate games of chance

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S1962 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2679
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง189 & 195-c, Gen Muni L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S4150, A6485

S1962 - Bill Texts

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Permits employees of authorized organizations to operate games of chance.

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BILL NUMBER:S1962

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation
to employees of authorized organizations operating games of chance

PURPOSE: To allow employees of authorized organizations such as the
American Legion to participate in the management of games of chance.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Currently only members of the American Legion or
members of the Auxiliary or Sons of American Legion if they have their
ID numbers, can sell tickets for games of chance. This legislation would
allow employees of the licensed authorized organization, its auxiliary
or affiliated organization to participate in the operation of such game.
No person other than an employee would receive any remuneration for
participating in the management or operation of any such game. The head
or heads of the authorized organization shall upon request certify,
under oath, that the persons operating any game of chance are bona fide
members or employees of such authorized organization, auxiliary or
affiliated organization.

JUSTIFICATION: The age of the average member of organizations such as
the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars has increased dramat-
ically in recent years. This has necessitated the hiring of employees
who are not members to assist in the daily running of these organiza-
tions to perform jobs such as bartending. Tickets for games of chance
are regularly sold at such organizations as a means of fundraising and
since only members are allowed to sell these tickets, when a member is
not available they cannot be sold.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S. 4150/Rules Committee/A. 6485/Racing
Committee.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.

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

                                  1962

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- 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 employees of
  authorized organizations operating games of chance

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

  Section 1. Subdivisions 10 and 11 of section 189 of the general munic-
ipal  law, as amended by chapter 574 of the laws of 1978, are amended to
read as follows:
  10. No person except a bona fide member OR EMPLOYEE  of  the  licensed
authorized  organization  shall  participate  in  the management of such
games; no person except a bona fide member OR EMPLOYEE of  the  licensed
authorized organization, its auxiliary or affiliated organization, shall
participate  in  the operation of such game, as set forth in section one
hundred ninety-five-c of this article.
  11. No person OTHER THAN AN EMPLOYEE shall  receive  any  remuneration
for participating in the management or operation of any such game.
  S 2. Section 195-c of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter
252 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows:
  S  195-c.  [1.]  Persons operating games; equipment; expenses; compen-
sation.  1. No person shall operate any game of chance under any license
issued under this article except a bona fide member OR EMPLOYEE  of  the
authorized  organization  to which the license is issued, or a bona fide
member OR EMPLOYEE of an organization or association which is an  auxil-
iary  to  the licensee or a bona fide member OR EMPLOYEE of an organiza-
tion or association of which such licensee is an  auxiliary  or  a  bona
fide  member  OR  EMPLOYEE  of  an  organization or association which is
affiliated with the licensee by being, with  it,  auxiliary  to  another
organization  or association. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01515-01-3

S. 1962                             2

the number of games of chance licensees for whom such persons may  oper-
ate  games  of  chance  nor to prevent non-members OR NON-EMPLOYEES from
assisting the licensee in any activity other than managing or  operating
games.  No  game  of chance shall be conducted with any equipment except
such as shall be owned or  leased  by  the  authorized  organization  so
licensed  or  used  without  payment of any compensation therefor by the
licensee. However, in no event shall bell  jar  tickets  be  transferred
from  one authorized organization to another, with or without payment of
any compensation thereof. The head or heads of the authorized  organiza-
tion  shall upon request certify, under oath, that the persons operating
any game of chance are bona fide members OR EMPLOYEES of such authorized
organization, auxiliary or affiliated organization. Upon request  by  an
officer  or  the  department  any  such person involved in such games of
chance shall certify that he or she has no criminal record. No items  of
expense  shall  be incurred or paid in connection with the conducting of
any game of chance pursuant to any license  issued  under  this  article
except  those that are reasonable and are necessarily expended for games
of chance supplies and equipment,  prizes,  security  personnel,  stated
rental  if any, bookkeeping or accounting services according to a sched-
ule of compensation prescribed by the  board,  janitorial  services  and
utility supplies if any, and license fees, and the cost of bus transpor-
tation,  if authorized by such clerk or department. No commission, sala-
ry, compensation, reward or recompense shall be paid  or  given  to  any
person OTHER THAN AN EMPLOYEE for the sale or assisting with the sale of
raffle tickets.
  2.  For the purpose of the sale of tickets for the game of raffle, the
term "operate" shall not include the sale of such tickets by persons  of
lineal or collateral consanguinity to members of an authorized organiza-
tion licensed to conduct a raffle.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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