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Oroho Bill Allowing Remote Bingo, Raffles Headed to Gov’s Desk

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Measure Helps Charities and Organizations That Struggled to Raise Funds During the Pandemic

Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation that would allow bingo games and raffles to be conducted remotely was approved by the Senate today and now moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration.

Senator Oroho’s legislation that would help non-profits and organizations by allowing bingo games and raffles to be conducted remotely is now in the hands of the Governor. (Pixabay)

Under Oroho’s bipartisan bill (A-4297/S-2631), organizations eligible to host the fund-raising games in person under current law would be permitted to utilize technology approved by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission to conduct remote activities.

“Many non-profits and charities saw their primary revenue sources eliminated by the rules and guidelines restricting indoor gatherings during the pandemic,” said Oroho (R-24). “This measure, by re-opening the revenue flow with remote contests, could be a life preserver to vital organizations that may not otherwise survive the fiscal challenges resulting from the coronavirus.

“The virus impacted every aspect of our lives, and we have been forced to find alternatives to the way things have always been done. This is one of those examples,” Oroho continued. “Bingo is still bingo if you call the numbers on Zoom or another approved digital solution.”

Under the current law governing games of chance, eligible organizations include veterans groups, religious congregations and organizations, charitable, educational and fraternal organizations, civic and service clubs, senior citizen associations and clubs, and volunteer fire companies, first aid, and rescue squads.

The bill cleared the Assembly by a vote of 73-0 on March 25.

Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (both R-24) are sponsors of the Assembly bill.

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