I'll tell you a quick joke: How do you get a group of old ladies to say f@ck ? Just yell Bingo !
Almost as exciting as the Arkansas treasurer's race ---- there is a proposal to legallize charitable bingo. It looks a lot cleaner to me than some scummy gamblilng proposals we have seen circulated. This is just for bingo and raffles ( I like how it defines bingo) The money raised can't even be used to pay salaries to those who operate the games - This is a constitutional amendment be aware
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
Pursuant to Article 19, Section 22, of the Arkansas
Constitution, the 85th General Assembly refers the following constitutional
amendment to a vote of the people on November 7, 2006. Each elector upon
voting his ballot shall vote for or against this amendment.
Stricken language would be deleted from the present Constitution.
Underlined language would be added to the present Constitution.
State of Arkansas
As Engrossed: H2/3/05 H2/28/05
85th General Assembly
Regular Session, 2005 HJR 1003
Referred Amendment #1
By: Representatives Borhauer, Walters, Petrus, Saunders, Cook, Davis, Blair,
Jackson, Mahony. By Senator Broadway
Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1
(Referred to the People by the General Assembly)
A CONSTITUTUIONAL AMENDMENT PROVIDING THAT BINGO
AND RAFFLES, IF CONDUCTED BY AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATIONS
(DEFINED AS NONPROFIT RELIGIOUS, EDUCATIONAL, VETERANS,
FRATERNAL, SERVICE, CIVIC, MEDICAL, VOLUNTEER RESCUE,
VOLUNTEER FIRE, AND VOLUNTEER POLICE ORGANIZATIONS),
SHALL NOT BE CONSTITUTIONALLY PROHIBITED AS A LOTTERY,
PROVIDED THE ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FIVE YEARS
AND NET RECEIPTS ARE USED ONLY FOR CHARITABLE, RELIGIOUS,
OR PHILANTHROPIC PURPOSES.
“FOR A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION
TO ALLOW BINGO AND RAFFLES TO BE CONDUCTED BY CHARITABLE
ORGANIZATIONS; TO AUTHORIZE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ADOPT
LAWS CONCERNING THE LICENSURE, REGULATION, OR TAXATION OF
BINGO AND RAFFLES.”
PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ALLOW BINGO AND
RAFFLES TO BE CONDUCTED BY CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS AND TO
AUTHORIZE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ADOPT LAW REGULATING
AND TAXING CHARITABLE BINGO AND RAFFLES.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
EIGHTY-FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS AND
BY THE SENATE, A MAJORITY OF ALL MEMBERS ELECTED TO EACH
HOUSE AGREEING THERETO:
That the following is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the State
of Arkansas, and upon being submitted to the electors of the state for approval or
rejection at the next general election for Representatives and Senators, if a majority of
the electors voting thereon at the election, adopt the amendment, the amendment shall
become a part of the Constitution of the State of Arkansas, to wit:
SECTION 1. (a) As used in this section:
(1) “Authorized bingo and raffles organization” means a nonprofit tax-exempt
religious, educational, veterans, fraternal, service, civic, medical, volunteer rescue
service, volunteer firefights organization, or volunteer police organization that has been
in continuing existence as a nonprofit tax-exempt organization in this state for a period
of not less than five (5) years immediately prior to conducting the game of bingo or
(2)(A) “Game of bingo” means a single game of the activity commonly known
as “bingo” in which the participants pay a sum of money for the use of one (1) or more
(B) “Game of bingo” shall include only games in which the winner receives a
preannounced, fixed-dollar prize and in which the winner is determined by the
matching of letters and numbers on a bingo card imprinted with at least twenty-four
(24) numbers, with letters and numbers appearing on objects randomly drawn and
announced by a caller, in contemporaneous competition among all players in the game;
(3) “Raffle” means the selling of tickets or chances to win a prize awarded
through a random drawing.
(b)(1) The game of bingo or raffles conducted by an authorized bingo and
raffles organization shall not be a lottery prohibited by Section 14 of Article 19 of the
Arkansas Constitution if all net receipts over and above the actual cost of conducting
the game or raffle are used only for charitable, religious, or philanthropic purposes.
(2) No receipts shall be used to compensate in any manner any person
who works for or is in any way affiliated with the authorized bingo and raffles
(c) The General Assembly shall provide by law for the licensure and
regulation of authorized bingo and raffles organizations to conduct the game or bingo
or raffles and may levy taxes on the activities
SECTION 2. This amendment becomes effective on January 1, 2007.
IN WITNESS WHERE OF, I HAVE HEREUNTO SET MY HAND AND
AFFIXED THE OFFICIAL SEAL OF THE OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF STATE
ON THIS THE 1ST DAY OF MAY, 2007.
SECRETARY OF STATE
STATE OF ARKANSAS