senate Bill S3575

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the operation of certain bingo games

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to racing, gaming and wagering
Feb 06, 2013 referred to racing, gaming and wagering

S3575 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5063
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง495-a, Gen Muni L

S3575 - Bill Texts

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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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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 munic-
ipal 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 sole-
ly 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 inter-
action. The scheduled activity gives them a reason to get up, get
dressed and leave their apartment or room. It increases both their phys-
ical 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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3575

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06121-02-3

S. 3575                             2

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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