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23-5-405. Authorized live bingo, keno, and raffles
(1) A person may conduct or participate in a live bingo and keno game or raffle only if it is operated pursuant to this part.
(2) This part does not apply to a game simulated on a video gambling machine authorized by part 6 of this chapter.
23-5-406. Exempt charitable organizations and facilities
(1) (a) An organization granted an exemption under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3), (c)(4), (c)(8), or (c)(19):
(i) on or before January 15, 1989, is exempt from taxation and the permit fee imposed by this part;
(ii) after January 15, 1989, is exempt from taxation and one-half the permit fee imposed by this part if the organization carries on gambling activities for no more than 60 days a calendar year.
(b) An organization provided for in subsection (1)(a) shall:
(i) limit its live bingo and keno activities to its main premises or place of operations and to events at other places operated by other charitable organizations or by a government unit or entity;
(ii) comply with other statutes and rules relating to the operation of live bingo and keno; and
(iii) apply to the department for a permit to conduct charitable live bingo or keno games.
(2) A long-term care facility, as defined in 50-5-101, or a retirement home, as defined in subsection (4) of this section, that has obtained an operator's license and a permit from the department to operate live bingo or keno is exempt from taxation and the permit fee imposed by this part if the facility:
(a) limits participation in live bingo and keno games to persons using the facility and their guests;
(b) limits live bingo or keno activities to its main premises or place of operation; and
(c) complies with other statutes and rules relating to the operation of live bingo and keno.
(3) The department may revoke or suspend the permit of an organization or a facility provided for in subsection (1) or (2) if, after investigation, the department determines that the organization or facility is operating or has contracted with a nonqualified organization that is operating live bingo or keno in a predominantly commercial manner.
(4) For purposes of this section, "retirement home " means a building in which sleeping rooms without cooking facilities in each room are rented to three or more persons who are 60 years of age or older and who do not need skilled nursing care, intermediate nursing care, or personal care, as defined in 50-5- 101.
23-5-407. Live bingo or keno permit -- fees -- disposition of fees
(1) A person who has been granted an operator's license may be granted an annual permit by the department to conduct live bingo or keno games on specified premises. The permit expires June 30 of each year.
(2) The permit fee for each premises in which a live bingo or keno game is conducted is $250.
(3) The department shall retain the permit fee for administrative purposes.
23-5-408. Hours of play -- restrictions
A live bingo or keno game must be closed for play between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. of each day. However, in the jurisdiction of a local government where a game is played, the local government may adopt an ordinance allowing play between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.
23-5-409. Bingo and keno tax -- records -- distribution -- statement and payment
(1) A licensee who has received a permit to operate bingo or keno games shall pay to the department a tax of 1% of the gross proceeds from the operation of each live bingo and keno game operated on the licensee's premises.
(2) A licensee shall keep a record of gross proceeds in the form the department requires. At all times during the business hours of the licensee, the records must be available for inspection by the department.
(3) A licensee shall annually complete and deliver to the department a statement showing the total gross proceeds for each live keno or bingo game operated by the licensee and the total amount due as live bingo or keno tax for the preceding year. This statement must contain any other relevant information required by the department.
(4) The department shall forward the tax collected under subsection (3) to the treasurer of the county or the clerk, finance officer, or treasurer of the city or town in which the licensed game is located for deposit to the county or municipal treasury. A county is not entitled to proceeds from taxes on live bingo or keno games located in incorporated cities and towns within the county. The tax collected under subsection (3) is statutorily appropriated to the department, as provided in 17-7-502, for deposit to the county or municipal treasury..
23-5-410. Exemption from certain sections
A senior citizen center is exempt from 23-5-407 and 23-5-409 with respect to live bingo games if the center:
(1) limits participation in live bingo games to its members and members' guests;
(2) limits live bingo games to its main premises or place of operation; and
(3) does not operate live bingo games in a predominantly commercial manner.
23-5-412. Card prices and prizes -- exception
(1) Except as provided in subsection (3):
(2) Bingo and keno prizes may be paid in either tangible personal property or cash.
(3) (a) A variation of the game of keno, as approved by the department, in which a player selects three or more numbers and places a wager on various combinations of these numbers is permissible if:
(4) Any bingo card other than a standard card with 5 columns and 25 squares with 1 number appearing in each square or any card that allows the player to print numbers on the card must be approved by the department prior to being offered for play.
(5) A player may give a keno caller a card with instructions on the card to play that card and its marked numbers for up to the number of successive games that the house allows and that the player has indicated on the card, upon payment of the price per game times the number of successive games indicated. The player shall remain on the house premises until the card is played or withdrawn. The caller shall keep the card until the end of the number of games indicated, and the department may by rule provide that at that time the caller shall pay the player any prizes won.
(6) If a licensed operator conducts a promotional game of chance involving bingo or keno, the prize limit provided for in subsection (1) applies to prizes awarded as a result of the promotional game of chance.
23-5-413. Raffle prizes -- permits -- exceptions
(1) (a) The department shall investigate all violations of this part.
(2) (a) A person or organization conducting a raffle shall own all prizes to be awarded as part of the raffle before the sale of any tickets.
(3) (a) The sale of raffle tickets authorized by this part is restricted to events and participants within the geographic confines of the state.
23-5-414. Restrictions on bingo and keno
In the playing of live bingo or keno, a person who is not physically present on the premises where the game is actually conducted may not be allowed to participate as a player in the game.
23-5-424. Manufacturer's license for electronic bingo or keno equipment -- license and processing fees
(1) A person may not assemble, produce, manufacture, or supply electronic equipment for use in conducting live bingo or keno games in this state without obtaining an annual manufacturer's license from the department.
(2) The department shall charge an annual license fee of $1,000 for issuing or renewing a manufacturer's license.
(3) A manufacturer's license expires June 30 of each year, and the license fee may not be prorated.
(4) In addition to the license fee provided for in subsection (2), the department may charge a one-time manufacturer's application fee to cover the actual cost of processing the original license. The department shall refund an overpayment or charge and collect an amount sufficient to reimburse the department for underpayment of actual costs.
(5) The department shall retain for administrative purposes the license and processing fees collected under this section.
23-5-425. Examination and approval of electronic bingo and keno equipment -- fee
(1) A licensed manufacturer shall submit to the department for examination a prototype of any electronic equipment intended for use in conducting live bingo or keno games before the equipment is used in the state.
(2) Before the equipment is examined, the manufacturer shall pay the anticipated examination costs as determined by the department. The department shall refund an overpayment or charge and collect an amount sufficient to reimburse the department for underpayment of actual costs.
(3) Upon completion of the examination, the department may approve, disapprove, or place a condition upon use of the equipment before it is made available for use in conducting live bingo or keno games
23-5-426. Electronic live bingo and keno equipment specifications -- rules
The department shall adopt rules describing electronic live bingo and keno equipment that may be approved under 23-5-425. At a minimum, the rules must provide that the equipment use a random selection process to determine the outcome of each game.
23-5-427 through 23-5-430 reserved.
23-5-431. Criminal penalty
A person who purposely or knowingly violates or who procures, aids, or abets in a violation of this part or any ordinance, resolution, or rule adopted pursuant to this part is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable pursuant to 23-5-161.
Unless the context requires otherwise, for purposes of this part, "casino night " means a fundraising event during which wagers may be made in gambling activities authorized in 23-5-702 through the use of imitation money.
23-5-702. Casino nights authorized
(1) Nonprofit organizations may conduct or participate in a casino night.
(2) The following gambling activities may be conducted during a casino night:
(a) live card games authorized under 23-5-311Ed. Note: Section 23-5-311 provides in part: Authorized card games.(1) The card games authorized by this part are and are limited to the card games known as bridge, cribbage, hearts, panguingue, pinochle, pitch, poker, rummy, solo, and whist.
(b) live bingo and keno games; and
23-5-705. Application for permit
(1) A nonprofit organization may apply to the department for a casino night permit on a form prescribed and furnished by the department. The application must be accompanied by a fee of $25.
(2) The application must include:
(a) the name and address of the applicant;
(b) the name and address of the applicant's officers;
(c) the location, date, and time at which the applicant will conduct the casino night;
(d) sufficient evidence concerning the structure and operation of the organization to enable the department to determine whether the applicant is a nonprofit organization; and
(e) other relevant information requested by the department.
23-5-706. Issuance of permit -- disposition of fee
(1) After review of an application submitted under 23-5-705, the department may issue to the applicant a casino night permit. Only one permit may be issued to the applicant each year. The permit is valid for only one location and is not assignable or transferable.
(2) The department shall retain the fee provided for in 23-5-705 for administrative purposes.
23-5-710. Requirements for conducting casino nights
A nonprofit organization that has obtained a permit under 23-5-706 shall conduct a casino night in compliance with the following conditions:
(1) (a) Except as provided in subsection (1)(b), a casino night may not last more than 12 consecutive hours.
(2) The casino night must be managed and operated only by members of the nonprofit organization that was issued the permit under 23-5-706. The members may not be compensated for their services.
(3) Only merchandise or cash may be awarded as prizes.
(4) Proceeds derived from the casino night, after payment of reasonable administrative expenses, may be used only for a civic, charitable, or educational purpose, and administrative expenses may not exceed 50% of the proceeds.
(5) If cash prizes are awarded, the prizes for bingo and keno may not exceed the prize limits established in 23-5-412. Live card games must be limited to those authorized in 23-5-311, and the prizes may not exceed the prize amount established in 23-5-312.
(6) A casino night may not include a card game tournament provided for in 23-5-317.
23-5-711. Nonapplicability of certain gambling laws
The provisions of parts 3 and 4 of this chapter, except 23-5-311, do not apply to live card games, live bingo or keno games, or raffles conducted during a casino night.
The department shall adopt rules to administer this part. At a minimum, the rules must address application procedures and play of the games during a casino night.
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