New York Charitable Gaming Laws

New York has adopted statutes permitting certain charitable gaming.

Only the games specifically named are allowed.  Thus, so-called Monte Carlo or Las Vegas Nights are not permitted.

In 2013, an amendment was passed to allow for charity poker tournaments.

New York Bingo Law

New York has adopted two statutes covering the offering of charitable bingo games.  To access the full text of the laws click on the appropriate link below.

New York Bingo Licensing Law

Table of Sections

475. Short title; purpose of article.
476. Definitions.
477. Local option.
478. Local laws and ordinances.
479. Restrictions upon conduct of bingo games.
480. Application for license.
481. Investigation; matters to be determined; issuance of license; fees; duration of license.
482. Hearing; amendment of license.
483. Form and contents of license; display of license.
484. Control and supervision; suspension of licenses; inspection of premises.
485. Sunday; conduct of games on.
486. Participation by persons under eighteen.
487. Frequency of game; sale of alcoholic beverages.
488. Persons operating and conducting games; equipment; expenses; compensation.
489. Charge for admission and participation; amount of prizes; award of prizes.
490. Advertising of bingo games.
491. Statement of receipts, expenses; additional license fees.
492. Examination of books and records; examination of managers, etc.; disclosure of information.
493. Appeals from municipal governing body to control commission.
494. Exemption from prosecution.
495. Offenses; forfeiture of license; ineligibility to apply for license.
495-a. Unlawful bingo or game.
496. Article inoperative until adopted by voters.
497. Amendment and repeal of local laws and ordinances.
498. Delegation of authority.
498-a. Powers and duties of mayors or managers of certain cities.
499. Severability.

S 475. Short title; purpose of article . This article shall be known and may be cited as the bingo licensing law. The legislature hereby declares that the raising of funds for the promotion of bona fide charitable, educational, scientific, health, religious, civic and patriotic causes and undertakings, where the beneficiaries are indefinite, is in the public interest. It hereby finds that, as conducted prior to the enactment of this article, bingo was the subject of exploitation by professional gamblers, promoters, and commercial interests. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the legislature that all phases of the supervision, licensing and regulation of bingo and of the conduct of bingo games, should be closely controlled and that the laws and regulations pertaining thereto should be strictly construed and rigidly enforced; that the conduct of the game and all attendant activities should be so regulated and adequate controls so instituted as to discourage commercialization in all its forms, including the rental of commercial premises for bingo games, and to ensure a maximum availability of the net proceeds of bingo exclusively for application to the worthy causes and undertakings specified herein; that the only justification for this article is to foster and support such worthy causes and undertakings, and that the mandate of section nine of article one of the state constitution, as amended, should be carried out by rigid regulation to prevent commercialized gambling, prevent participation by criminal and other undesirable elements and prevent the diversion of funds from the purposes herein authorized.

S 476. Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

1. “Municipality ” shall mean any city, town or village within the state.

2. “Control commission” or “commission ” shall mean the state racing and wagering board.

3. “Bingo ” or “game ” shall mean and include a specific game of chance, commonly known as bingo or lotto, in which prizes are awarded on the basis of designated numbers or symbols on a card conforming to numbers or symbols selected at random.

4. “Authorized organization ” shall mean and include any bona fide religious or charitable organization or bona fide educational, fraternal, civic or service organization or bona fide organization of veterans, volunteer firefighters, or volunteer ambulance workers, which by its charter, certificate of incorporation, constitution, or act of the legislature, shall have among its dominant purposes one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in this article, provided that each shall operate without profit to its members, and provided that each such organization has engaged in serving one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in this article for a period of one year immediately prior to applying for a license under this article.

5. “Bingo control law ” shall mean article nineteen-B of the executive law.

6. “Lawful purposes ” shall mean one or more of the following causes, deeds or activities:

(a) Those which shall benefit needy or deserving persons indefinite in number by enhancing their opportunity for religious or educational advancement, by relieving them from disease, suffering or distress, or by contributing to their physical well-being, by assisting them in establishing themselves in life as worthy and useful citizens, or by increasing their comprehension of and devotion to the principles upon which this nation was founded and enhancing their loyalty to their governments;

(b) Those which shall initiate, perform or foster worthy public works or shall enable or further the erection or maintenance of public structures;

(c) Those which shall initiate, perform or foster the provisions of services to veterans by encouraging the gathering of such veterans and shall enable or further the erection or maintenance of facilities for use by such veterans which shall be used primarily for charitable or patriotic purposes, or those purposes which shall be authorized by a bona fide organization of veterans, provided however that such proceeds are disbursed in accordance with the rules and regulations of the racing and wagering board.

(d) Those which shall otherwise lessen the burdens borne by government or which are voluntarily undertaken by an authorized organization to augment or supplement services which government would normally render to the people.

7. “Net proceeds ” shall mean

(a) in relation to the gross receipts from one or more occasions of bingo, the amount that shall remain after deducting the reasonable sums necessarily and actually expended for bingo supplies and equipment, prizes, stated rental if any, bookkeeping or accounting services according to a schedule of compensation prescribed by the commission, janitorial services and utility supplies if any, license fees, and the cost of bus transportation, if authorized by the control commission, and

(b) in relation to the gross rent received by an organization licensed to conduct bingo for the use of its premises by another licensee, the amount that shall remain after deducting the reasonable sums necessarily and actually expended for janitorial services and utility supplies directly attributable thereto if any.

8. “Net lease” shall mean a written agreement between a lessor and lessee under the terms of which the lessee is entitled to the possession, use or occupancy of the whole or part of any commercial premises for which the lessee pays rent to the lessor and likewise undertakes to pay substantially all of the regularly recurring expenses incident to the operation and maintenance of such leased premises.

9. “Authorized commercial lessor ” shall mean a person, firm or corporation other than a licensee to conduct bingo under the provisions of this article, who or which shall own or be a net lessee of premises and offer the same for leasing by him or it to an authorized organization for any consideration whatsoever, direct or indirect, for the purpose of conducting bingo therein, provided that he or it, as the case may be, shall not be

(a) a person convicted of a crime who has not received a pardon or a certificate of good conduct;

(b) a person who is or has been a professional gambler or gambling promoter or who for other reasons is not of good moral character;

(c) a public officer who receives any consideration, direct or indirect, as owner or lessor of premises offered for the purpose of conducting bingo therein;

(d) a firm or corporation in which a person defined in subdivision (a), (b) or (c) above or a person married or related in the first degree to such a person has greater than a ten percentum (10 %) proprietary, equitable or credit interest or in which such a person is active or employed.

Nothing contained in this subdivision shall be construed to bar any firm or corporation which is not organized for pecuniary profit and no part of the net earnings of which inure to the benefit of any individual, member, or shareholder, from being an authorized commercial lessor solely because a public officer, or a person married or related in the first degree to a public officer, is a member of, active in or employed by such firm or corporation.

10. “Limited period bingo ” shall mean the conduct of bingo by a licensed authorized organization, for a period of not more than seven of twelve consecutive days in any one year, at a festival, bazaar, carnival or similar function conducted by such licensed authorized organization.

No authorized organization licensed to conduct limited period bingo shall be otherwise eligible to conduct bingo pursuant to this article in the same year.

11. “Supercard ” shall mean a bingo card on which prizes are awarded, which card is selected by the player, containing five designated numbers, colors or symbols, corresponding to the letters B, I, N, G, O, displayed on the bingo board of the bingo premises operator, which can be played concurrently with the other bingo cards played during the game of bingo.

11-a. “Early bird” shall mean a bingo game which is played as a special game, conducted not more than twice during a bingo occasion, in which prizes are awarded based upon a percentage not to exceed seventy-five percent of the sum of money received from the sale of the early bird cards and which is neither subject to the prize limits imposed by subdivisions five and six of section four hundred seventy-nine and paragraph (a) of subdivision one of section four hundred eighty-one, nor the special game opportunity charge limit imposed by section four hundred eighty-nine of this article. The percentage shall be specified both in the application for bingo license and the license. Not more than one dollar shall be charged per card with the total amount collected from the sale of the early bird cards and the prize for each game to be announced before the commencement of each game.

11-b. “Bonus ball” shall mean a bingo game that is played in conjunction with one or more regular or special bingo games designated as bonus ball games by the licensed authorized organization during one or more consecutive bingo occasions in which a prize is awarded to the player obtaining a specified winning bingo pattern when the last number called by the licensed authorized organization is the designated bonus ball number. The bonus ball prize shall be based upon a percentage of the sales from opportunities to participate in bonus ball games not to exceed seventy-five percent of the sum of money received from the sale of bonus ball opportunities or six thousand dollars, whichever shall be less, and which is not subject to the prize limits imposed by subdivisions five and six of section four hundred seventy-nine and paragraph (a) of subdivision one of section four hundred eighty-one of this article. The percentage shall be specified both in the application for the bingo license and the license. Notwithstanding section four hundred eighty-nine of this article, not more than one dollar shall be charged per player for an opportunity to participate in all bonus ball games conducted during a single bingo occasion, and the total amount collected from the sale of bonus ball opportunities and the amount of the prize to be awarded shall be announced prior to the start of each bingo occasion.

11-a. “Early bird ” shall mean a bingo game which is played as a special game, conducted not more than twice during a bingo occasion, in which prizes are awarded based upon a percentage not to exceed seventy-five percent of the sum of money received from the sale of the early bird cards and which is neither subject to the prize limits imposed by subdivisions five and six of section four hundred seventy-nine and paragraph (a) of subdivision one of section four hundred eighty-one, nor the special game opportunity charge limit imposed by section four hundred eighty-nine of this article. The percentage shall be specified both in the application for bingo license and the license. Not more than one dollar shall be charged per card with the total amount collected from the sale of the early bird cards and the prize for each game to be announced before the commencement of each game.

12. “Prize “, where supercard is played as set forth in subdivision eleven of this section, shall mean the sum of money or actual value of merchandise awarded to the winner or winners on a game card during a game of bingo and the sum of money or actual value of merchandise awarded to the winner or winners on a supercard in excess of the total receipts derived from the sale of supercards for that specific game.

S 477. Local option. Subject to the provisions of this article, and pursuant to the direction contained in subdivision two of section nine of article one of the constitution of the state, the legislature hereby gives and grants to every municipality the right, power and authority to authorize the conduct of bingo games by authorized organizations within the territorial limits of such municipality provided, however, that where the electors of a village shall hereafter approve a local law or ordinance pursuant to section four hundred seventy-eight of this article, the right, power and authority under this article of any town in which such village is located shall not extend to such village during such time as such village local law or ordinance is in effect.

S 478. Local laws and ordinances.

1. The common council or other local legislative body of any municipality may, either by local law or ordinance, provide that it shall be lawful for any authorized organization, upon obtaining a license therefor as hereinafter provided, to conduct the game of bingo within the territorial limits of such municipality, subject to the provisions of such local law or ordinance, the provisions of this article, and the provisions of the bingo control law.

2. No such local law or ordinance shall become operative or effective unless and until it shall have been approved by a majority of the electors voting on a proposition submitted at a general or special election held within such municipality who are qualified to vote for officers of such municipality.

3. The time, method and manner of submission, preparation and provision of ballots and ballot labels, balloting by voting machine and conducting the election, canvassing the result and making and filing the returns and all other procedure with reference to the submission of and action upon any proposition for the approval of any such local law or ordinance shall be the same as in the case of any other proposition to be submitted to the electors of such municipality at a general or special election in such municipality, as provided by law.

S 479. Restrictions upon conduct of bingo games. The conduct of bingo games authorized by local law or ordinance shall be subject to the following restrictions irrespective of whether the restrictions are contained in such local law or ordinance; but nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the inclusion within such local law or ordinance of other provisions imposing additional restrictions upon the conduct of bingo games:

1. No person, firm, association, corporation or organization, other than a licensee under the provisions of this article, shall conduct such game or shall lease or otherwise make available for conducting bingo a hall or other premises for any consideration whatsoever, direct or indirect.

2. No bingo games shall be held, operated or conducted on or within any leased premises if rental under such lease is to be paid, wholly or partly, on the basis of a percentage of the receipts or net profits derived from the operation of such game.

3. No authorized organization licensed under the provisions of this article shall purchase, lease, or receive any supplies or equipment specifically designed or adapted for use in the conduct of bingo games from other than a supplier licensed under the bingo control law or from another authorized organization.

4. The entire net proceeds of any game of bingo and of any rental shall be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the organization permitted to conduct the same.

5. No prize shall exceed the sum or value of one thousand dollars in any single game of bingo.

6. No series of prizes on any one bingo occasion shall aggregate more than three thousand dollars.

7. No person except a bona fide member of any such organization shall participate in the management or operation of such game.

8. No person shall receive any remuneration for participating in the management or operation of any game of bingo.

9. The unauthorized conduct of a bingo game and any wilful violation of any provision of any local law or ordinance shall constitute and be punishable as a misdemeanor.

9-a. No person licensed to sell bingo supplies or equipment, or their agents, shall conduct, participate in, or assist in the conduct of bingo. Nothing herein shall prohibit a licensed distributor from selling, offering for sale, or explaining a product to an authorized organization, or installing, or servicing bingo equipment, upon the premises of a bingo game licensee.

10. Limited period bingo shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this article and the rules and regulations of the commission.

S 480. Application for license.

1. To conduct bingo.

(a) Each applicant for a license shall, after obtaining an identification number from the control commission, file with the clerk of the municipality a written application therefor in the form prescribed in the rules and regulations of the control commission, duly executed and verified, in which shall be stated:

(1) the name and address of the applicant together with sufficient facts relating to its incorporation and organization to enable the governing body of the municipality to determine whether or not it is a bona fide authorized organization;

(2) the names and addresses of its officers; the place or places where, the date or dates and the time or times when the applicant intends to conduct bingo under the license applied for;

(3) in case the applicant intends to lease premises for this purpose from other than an authorized organization, the name and address of the licensed commercial lessor of such premises, and the capacity or potential capacity for public assembly purposes of space in any premises presently owned or occupied by the applicant;

(4) the amount of rent to be paid or other consideration to be given directly or indirectly for each occasion for use of the premises of another authorized organization licensed under this article to conduct bingo or for use of the premises of a licensed commercial lessor;

(5) all other items of expense intended to be incurred or paid in connection with the holding, operating and conducting of such games of bingo and the names and addresses of the persons to whom, and the purposes for which, they are to be paid;

(6) the specific purposes to which the entire net proceeds of such games are to be devoted and in what manner; that no commission, salary, compensation, reward or recompense will be paid to any person for conducting such bingo game or games or for assisting therein except as in this article otherwise provided; and such other information as shall be prescribed by such rules and regulations.

(b) In each application there shall be designated an active member or members of the applicant organization under whom the game or games of bingo will be conducted and to the application shall be appended a statement executed by the member or members so designated, that he or they will be responsible for the conduct of such bingo games in accordance with the terms of the license, and the rules and regulations of the commission and of this article.

2. Commercial lessor.

(a) Each applicant for a license to lease premises to a licensed organization for the purposes of conducting bingo therein shall file with the clerk of the municipality a written application therefor in a form prescribed in the rules and regulations of the control commission duly executed and verified, which shall set forth the name and address of the applicant; designation and address of the premises intended to be covered by the license sought; lawful capacity for public assembly purposes; cost of premises and assessed valuation for real estate tax purposes, or annual net lease rent, whichever is applicable; gross rentals received and itemized expenses for the immediately preceding calendar or fiscal year, if any; gross rentals, if any, derived from bingo during the last preceding calendar or fiscal year; computation by which proposed rental schedule was determined; number of occasions on which applicant anticipates receiving rent for bingo during the ensuing year or shorter period if applicable; proposed rent for each such occasion; estimated gross rental income from all other sources during the ensuing year; estimated expenses itemized for ensuing year and amount of each item allocated to bingo rentals; a statement that the applicant in all respects conforms with the specifications contained in the definition of “authorized commercial lessor” set forth in section four hundred seventy-six of this article, and such other information as shall be prescribed by such rules and regulations.

(b) At the end of the license period, a recapitulation, in a manner prescribed in the rules and regulations of the commission, shall be made as between the licensee and the municipal governing body in respect of the gross rental actually received during the license period and the fee paid therefor, and any deficiency of fee thereby shown to be due shall be paid by the licensee and any excess of fee thereby shown to have been paid shall be credited to said licensee, in such manner as the commission by rules and regulations shall prescribe.

S 481. Investigation; matters to be determined; issuance of license; fees; duration of license.

1. The governing body of the municipality shall make an investigation of the qualifications of each applicant and the merits of each application, with due expedition after the filing of the application.
(a) Issuance of licenses to conduct bingo. If the governing body of the municipality shall determine that the applicant is duly qualified to be licensed to conduct bingo under this article; that the member or members of the applicant designated in the application to conduct bingo are bona fide active members of the applicant and are persons of good moral character and have never been convicted of a crime or, if convicted, have received a pardon or a certificate of good conduct; that such games are to be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this article and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the commission, and that the proceeds thereof are to be disposed of as provided by this article, and if the governing body is satisfied that no commission, salary, compensation, reward or recompense whatever will be paid or given to any person holding, operating or conducting or assisting in the holding, operation and conduct of any such games except as in this article otherwise provided; and that no prize will be offered and given in excess of the sum or value of one thousand dollars in any single game and that the aggregate of all prizes offered and given in all of such games conducted on a single occasion, under said license shall not exceed the sum or value of three thousand dollars, it shall issue a license to the applicant for the conduct of bingo upon payment of a license fee of eighteen dollars and seventy-five cents for each bingo occasion; provided, however, that the governing body shall refuse to issue a license to an applicant seeking to conduct bingo in premises of a licensed commercial lessor where it determines that the premises presently owned or occupied by said applicant are in every respect adequate and suitable for conducting bingo games.

(b) Issuance of licenses to commercial lessors. If the governing body of the municipality shall determine that the applicant seeking to lease a hall or premises for the conduct of bingo to an authorized organization is duly qualified to be licensed under this article; that the applicant satisfies the requirements for an authorized commercial lessor as defined in section four hundred seventy-six that at the time of the issuance of an initial license, the governing body of the municipality shall find and determine that there is a public need and that public advantage will be served by the issuance of such license; that the applicant has filed its proposed rent for each bingo occasion; that the commission has approved as fair and reasonable a schedule of maximum rentals for each such occasion; that there is no diversion of the funds of the proposed lessee from the lawful purposes as defined in this article; and that such leasing of a hall or premises for the conduct of bingo is to be in accordance with the provisions of this article and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the commission, it shall issue a license permitting the applicant to lease said premises for the conduct of bingo to the authorized organization or organizations specified in the application during the period therein specified or such shorter period as the governing body of the municipality shall determine, but not to exceed one year, upon payment of a license fee of ten dollars plus an amount based upon the aggregate rent specified in the license and determined in accordance with the following schedule:

aggregate rental of $100 to $499 ………………….. $5.00
aggregate rental of $500 to $999 …………………. $25.00
aggregate rental of $1,000 to $2,499 ……………… $50.00
aggregate rental of $2,500 to $4,999 …………….. $125.00
aggregate rental of $5,000 to $9,999 …………….. $250.00
aggregate rental of $10,000 to $49,999 …………… $500.00
aggregate rental of $50,000 to $100,000 ………… $2,500.00
aggregate rental in excess of $100,000 …………. $5,000.00

2. On or before the thirtieth day of each month, the treasurer of the municipality shall transmit to the state comptroller a sum equal to fifty percent of all commercial lessor license fees and the sum of eleven dollars and twenty-five cents per occasion of all license fees for the conduct of bingo collected by such municipality pursuant to this section during the preceding calendar month.

3. No license shall be issued under this article which shall be effective for a period of more than one year. In the case of limited period bingo, no license shall be issued authorizing the conduct of such games on more than two occasions in any one day nor shall any license be issued under this article which shall be effective for a period of more than seven of twelve consecutive days in any one year. No license for the conduct of limited period bingo shall be issued in cities having a population of one million or more.

S 482. Hearing; amendment of license.

1. No application for the issuance of a license shall be denied by the governing body until after a hearing, held on due notice to the applicant, at which the applicant shall be entitled to be heard upon the qualifications of the applicant and the merits of the application.

2. Any license issued under this article may be amended, upon application made to the governing body of the municipality which issued it, if the subject matter of the proposed amendment could lawfully and properly have been included in the original license and upon payment of such additional license fee if any, as would have been payable if it had been so included.

S 483. Form and contents of license; display of license.

1. Each license to conduct bingo shall be in such form as shall be prescribed in the rules and regulations promulgated by the control commission, and shall contain a statement of the name and address of the licensee, of the names and addresses of the member or members of the licensee under whom the games will be conducted, of the place or places where and the date or dates and time or times when such games are to be conducted and of the specific purposes to which the entire net proceeds of such games are to be devoted; if any prize or prizes are to be offered and given in cash, a statement of the amounts of the prizes authorized so to be offered and given; and any other information which may be required by said rules and regulations to be contained therein, and each license issued for the conduct of any game shall be conspicuously displayed at the place where same is to be conducted at all times during the conduct thereof.

2. Each license to lease premises for conducting bingo shall be in such form as shall be prescribed in the rules and regulations of the control commission and shall contain a statement of the name and address of the licensee and the address of the leased premises, the amount of permissible rent and any other information which may be required by said rules and regulations to be contained therein, and each such license shall be conspicuously displayed upon such premises at all times during the conduct of bingo.

S 484. Control and supervision; suspension of licenses; inspection of premises.

1. The governing body of any municipality issuing any license under this article shall have and exercise rigid control and close supervision over all games of bingo conducted under such license, to the end that the same are fairly conducted in accordance with the provisions of such license, the provisions of the rules and regulations promulgated by the control commission and the provisions of this article and such governing body and the control commission shall have the power and the authority to suspend any license issued by such governing body and to revoke the same, and, additionally, in the case of an authorized commercial lessor, to impose a fine in an amount not exceeding one thousand dollars, after notice and hearing, for violation of any such provisions, and shall have the right of entry, by their respective officers and agents, at all times into any premises where any game of bingo is being conducted or where it is intended that any such game shall be conducted, or where any equipment being used or intended to be used in the conduct thereof is found, for the purpose of inspecting the same.

2. In addition to the authority granted pursuant to subdivision one of this section, the governing body and the control commission, in a city having a population of one million or more, may impose a fine in an amount not exceeding one thousand dollars, after notice and hearing, on any licensee under this article for violation of any provision of such license, this article or rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.

S 485. Sunday; conduct of games on. No games of bingo shall be conducted under any license issued under this article on the first day of the week, commonly known as designated as Sunday, unless it shall be otherwise provided in the license issued for the holding, operating and conducting thereof, pursuant to the provisions of a local law or an ordinance duly adopted by the governing body of the municipality issuing the license, authorizing the conduct of bingo under this article on that day.

S 486. Participation by persons under eighteen . No person under the age of eighteen years shall be permitted to play any game or games of bingo conducted pursuant to any license issued under this article unless accompanied by an adult. No person under the age of eighteen years shall be permitted to conduct or assist in the conduct of any game of bingo conducted pursuant to any license issued under this article.

S 487. Frequency of game; sale of alcoholic beverages . No game or games of bingo, except limited period bingo, shall be conducted under any license issued under this article more often than on eighteen days in any three successive calendar months. No game or games of limited period bingo shall be conducted between the hours of twelve midnight postmeridian and noon, and no more than sixty games may be conducted on any single occasion of limited period bingo. No game or games of bingo shall be conducted in any room or outdoor area where alcoholic beverages are sold, served or consumed during the progress of the game or games.

S 488. Persons operating and conducting games; equipment; expenses; compensation.

1. No person shall hold, operate or conduct any game of bingo under any license issued under this article except a bona fide member of the authorized organization to which the license is issued, and no person shall assist in the holding, operating or conducting of any game of bingo under such license except such a bona fide member or a bona fide member of an organization or association which is an auxiliary to the licensee or a bona fide member of an organization or association of which such licensee is an auxiliary or a bona fide member of an organization or association which is affiliated with the licensee by being, with it, auxiliary to another organization or association and except bookkeepers or accountants as hereinafter provided. Provided, however, any person may assist the licensed organization in any activity related to the game of bingo which does not actually involve the holding, conducting, managing or operating of such game of bingo. No game of bingo shall be conducted with any equipment except such as shall be owned absolutely or leased by the authorized organization so licensed or used without payment of any compensation therefor by the licensee.
Lease terms and conditions shall be subject to rules and regulations promulgated by the board. This article shall not be construed to authorize or permit an authorized organization to engage in the business of leasing bingo supplies or equipment. No items of expense shall be incurred or paid in connection with the conducting of any game of bingo pursuant to any license issued under this article, except those that are reasonable and are necessarily expended for bingo supplies and equipment, prizes, stated rental if any, bookkeeping or accounting services according to a schedule of compensation prescribed by the commission, janitorial services and utility supplies if any, and license fees, and the cost of bus transportation, if authorized by the control commission.

2. Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, a person who is a bona fide member of an organization licensed to conduct the game of bingo and is also a bona fide member of one or more other organizations which are also licensed to conduct the game of bingo, and such organizations are not affiliates or auxiliaries of the others, shall be authorized to operate, conduct or assist in the operation or conduct of games of bingo held by any of such organizations licensed to conduct bingo.

S 489. Charge for admission and participation; amount of prizes; award of prizes. Except in the conduct of limited period bingo, not more than five dollars shall be charged by any licensee for admission to any room or place in which any game or games of bingo are to be conducted under any license issued under this article, which admission fee, upon payment thereof, shall entitle the person paying the same to participate without additional charge in all regular games of bingo to be played under such license on such occasion. In the conduct of limited period bingo:

(a) no admission fee shall be charged,

(b) not more than twenty-five cents shall be charged for a single opportunity to participate in any one game, which charge, upon payment thereof, shall entitle the person paying the same to one card for participation in one such game, and

(c) no licensee shall sell more than five opportunities to each player participating in any one game. Every winner shall be determined and every prize shall be awarded and delivered within the same calendar day as that upon which the game was played. No alcoholic beverage shall be offered or given as a prize in any game of bingo.

S 490. Advertising of bingo games. A licensee may advertise the conduct of an occasion of bingo to the general public by means of newspaper, radio, circular, handbill and poster, and by one sign not exceeding sixty square feet in area, which may be displayed on or adjacent to the premises owned or occupied by a licensed authorized organization, and when an organization is licensed to conduct bingo occasions on the premises of another licensed authorized organization or of a licensed commercial lessor, one additional such sign may be displayed on or adjacent to the premises in which the occasions are to be conducted. Additional signs may be displayed upon any firefighting equipment belonging to any licensed authorized organization which is a volunteer fire company, or upon any equipment of a first aid or rescue squad in and throughout the community served by such volunteer fire company or such first aid or rescue squad, as the case may be. All advertisements shall be limited to the description of such event as “bingo”, the name of the licensed authorized organization conducting such occasions, the license number of the authorized organization as assigned by the clerk and the date, location and time of the bingo occasion.

S 491. Statement of receipts, expenses; additional license fees .

1. Within seven days after the conclusion of any occasion of bingo, the authorized organization which conducted the same, and its members who were in charge thereof, and when applicable the authorized organization which rented its premises therefor, shall each furnish to the clerk of the municipality a statement subscribed by the member in charge and affirmed by him as true, under the penalties of perjury, showing the amount of the gross receipts derived therefrom and each item of expense incurred, or paid, and each item of expenditure made or to be made, the name and address of each person to whom each such item has been paid, or is to be paid, with a detailed description of the merchandise purchased or the services rendered therefor, the net proceeds derived from such game or rental, as the case may be, and the use to which such proceeds have been or are to be applied and a list of prizes offered and given, with the respective values thereof, and it shall be the duty of each licensee to maintain and keep such books and records as may be necessary to substantiate the particulars of each such statement and within fifteen days after the end of each calendar quarter during which there has been any occasion of bingo, a summary statement of such information, in form prescribed by the state, shall be furnished in the same manner to the state racing and wagering board.

2. Upon the filing of such statement of receipts, the authorized organization furnishing the same shall pay to the clerk of the municipality as and for an additional license fee a sum based upon the reported net proceeds, if any, for the occasion covered by such statement and determined in accordance with such schedule as shall be established from time to time by the commission to defray the cost to municipalities of administering the provisions of this article and of article nineteen-B of the executive law.

S 492. Examination of books and records; examination of managers, etc.; disclosure of information. The governing body of the municipality and the control commission shall have power to examine or cause to be examined the books and records of

1. Any authorized organization which is or has been licensed to conduct bingo, so far as they may relate to bingo including the maintenance, control and disposition of net proceeds derived from bingo or from the use of its premises for bingo, and to examine any manager, officer, director, agent, member or employee thereof under oath in relation to the conduct of any such game under any such license, the use of its premises for bingo, or the disposition of net proceeds derived from bingo, as the case may be.

2. Any licensed authorized commercial lessor so far as they may relate to leasing premises for bingo and to examine said lessor or any manager, officer, director, agent or employee thereof under oath in relation to such leasing.
Any information so received shall not be disclosed except so far as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this article, and article nineteen-B of the executive law.

S 493. Appeals from municipal governing body to control commission.

Any applicant for, or holder of, any license issued or to be issued under this article aggrieved by any action of the governing body of the municipality to which such application has been made or by which such license has been issued, may appeal to the control commission from the determination of said governing body by filing with the governing body a written notice of appeal within thirty days after the determination or action appealed from, and upon the hearing of such appeal, the evidence, if any, taken before the governing body and any additional evidence may be produced and shall be considered in arriving at a determination of the matters in issue, and the action of the control commission upon said appeal shall be binding upon said governing body and all parties to said appeal.

S 494. Exemption from prosecution. No person or corporation lawfully conducting, or participating in the conduct of bingo or permitting the conduct upon any premises owned or leased by him or it under any license lawfully issued pursuant to this article, shall be liable to prosecution or conviction for violation of any provision of article two hundred twenty-five of the penal law or any other law or ordinance to the extent that such conduct is specifically authorized by this article, but this immunity shall not extend to any person or corporation knowingly conducting or participating in the conduct of bingo under any license obtained by any false pretense or by any false statement made in any application for license or otherwise, or permitting the conduct upon any premises owned or leased by him or it of any game of bingo conducted under any license known to him or it to have been obtained by any such false pretense or statement.

S 495. Offenses; forfeiture of license; ineligibility to apply for license .

Any person, association or corporation who or which shall:

(1) make any false statement in any application for any license authorized to be issued under this article;

(2) pay or receive, for the use of any premises for conducting bingo, a rental in excess of the amount specified as the permissible rent in the license provided for in subdivision two of section four hundred eighty of this article;

(3) fail to keep such books and records as shall fully and truly record all transactions connected with the conducting of bingo or the leasing of premises to be used for the conduct of bingo;

(4) falsify or make any false entry in any books or records so far as they relate in any manner to the conduct of bingo, to the disposition of the proceeds thereof and to the application of the rents received by any authorized organization;

(5) divert or pay any portion of the net proceeds of any game of bingo to any person, association or corporation, except in furtherance of one or more of the lawful purposes defined in this article; or

(6) violate any of the provisions of this article or of any term of any license issued under this article; shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall forfeit any license issued under this article and be ineligible to apply for a license under this article for one year thereafter.

S 495-a. Unlawful bingo or game.

1. For the purposes of this section, “bingo” or “game” shall mean and include a specific game or chance, commonly known as bingo or lotto, in which prizes are awarded on the basis of designated numbers or symbols on a card conforming to numbers or symbols selected at random, whether or not a person who participates as a player furnishes something of value for the opportunity to participate.

2. Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation or organization holding, operating, or conducting bingo or a game is guilty of a misdemeanor, except when operating, holding or conducting:
(a) In accordance with a valid license issued pursuant to this article; or (b) (i) Within a municipality that has authorized the conduct of bingo games by authorized organizations:
(A) within the confines of a home for purposes of amusement or recreation where (I) no player or other person furnishes anything of value for the opportunity to participate, and (II) the prizes awarded or to be awarded are nominal.
(B) within any apartment, condominium or cooperative complex, retirement 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 participate, (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, 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, recreational, fraternal 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, (IV) no person other than a bona fide active member 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.
(D) as a hotel’s, motel’s, recreational or entertainment facility’s or common carrier’s social activity solely for the purpose of amusement and recreation of its patrons 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, (IV) no person other than an employee or volunteer conducts or assists in conducting the game or games, and (V) the game or games are not conducted in the same room where alcoholic beverages are sold.
(ii) The control commission and the governing body of the municipality in which bingo games are conducted pursuant to this paragraph shall have the authority to regulate the conduct of such games. Any bingo game or games, in which no participant or other person furnishes anything of value for the opportunity to participate, which is operated in violation of this paragraph, a civil penalty of not more than one hundred dollars may be imposed for the first such violation, a civil penalty of not more than one hundred fifty dollars may be imposed for the second such violation in a period of three years, and a civil penalty of not more than two hundred dollars may be imposed for the third or subsequent such violation in a period of five years.

3. The provisions of this section shall apply to all municipalities within this state, including those municipalities where this article is inoperative.

S 496. Article inoperative until adopted by voters. Except as provided in section 495-a, the provisions of this article shall remain inoperative in any municipality unless and until a proposition therefor submitted at a general or special election in such municipality shall be approved by a vote of the majority of the qualified electors in such municipality voting thereon.

S 497. Amendment and repeal of local laws and ordinances. Any such local law or ordinance may be amended, from time to time, or repealed by the common council or other local legislative body of the municipality which enacted it and such amendment or repeal, as the case may be, may be made effective and operative not earlier than thirty days following the date of enactment of the local law or ordinance effecting such amendment or repeal, as the case may be; and the approval of a majority of the electors of such municipality shall not be a condition prerequisite to the taking effect of such local law or ordinance.

S 498. Delegation of authority. The governing body of a municipality may delegate to an officer or officers thereof designated by it for that purpose any of the authority granted to it hereby in relation to the issuance, amendment and cancellation of licenses, the conduct of investigations and hearings, the supervision of the operation of the games and the collection and transmission of fees.

S 498-a. Powers and duties of mayors or managers of certain cities.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, whenever the charter of any city, or any special or local law, provides that the mayor or manager of such city is the chief law enforcement officer thereof, then and in that event such mayor or manager, as the case may be, shall have, exercise and perform all the powers and duties otherwise prescribed by this article to be exercised and performed by the governing body of such city except those prescribed by section four hundred seventy-eight hereof, and in any such case, the term “governing body of a municipality” as used in this article shall be deemed to mean and include the mayor or manager of any such city.

S 499. Severability. If any provision of this article or the application thereof to any municipality, person or circumstances shall be adjudged unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this article or the application thereof to other municipalities, persons and circumstances shall not be affected thereby, and the legislature hereby declares that it would have enacted this article without the invalid provision or application, as the case may be, had such invalidity been apparent.

New York Bingo Control Commission Law

Table of Sections

430. Short title.

431. Purpose of article.

432. Definitions.

434. Utilization of other agency assistance.

435. Powers and duties of the commission.

436. Hearings; immunity.

437. Place of investigations and hearings; witnesses; books and documents.

438. Privilege against self-incrimination.

439. Filing and availability of rules and regulations.

439-a. Municipality to file copies of local laws and ordinances; reports.

S 430. Short title . This article shall be known and may be cited as the bingo control law.

S 431. Purpose of article . The purpose of this article is to implement section nine of article one of the state constitution, as amended by vote of the people at the general election in November, nineteen hundred fifty-seven. The legislature hereby declares that the raising of funds for the promotion of bona fide charitable, educational, scientific, health, religious, civic and patriotic causes and undertakings, where the beneficiaries are indefinite, is in the public interest. It hereby finds that, as conducted prior to the enactment of this article, bingo was the subject of exploitation by professional gamblers, promoters, and commercial interests. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the legislature that all phases of the supervision, licensing and the regulation of bingo and of the conduct of bingo games, should be closely controlled and that the laws and regulations pertaining thereto should be strictly construed and rigidly enforced; that the conduct of the game and all attendant activities should be so regulated and adequate controls so instituted as to discourage commercialization in all its forms, including the rental of commercial premises for bingo games, and to ensure a maximum availability of the net proceeds of bingo exclusively for application to the worthy causes and undertakings specified herein; that the only justification for this article is to foster and support such worthy causes and undertakings, and that the mandate of section nine of article one of the state constitution, as amended, should be carried out by rigid regulation to prevent commercialized gambling, prevent participation by criminal and other undesirable elements and prevent the diversion of funds from the purposes herein authorized.

S 432. Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

1. “Control commission ” or “commission ” shall mean the state racing and wagering board.

2. “Municipality ” shall mean any city, town or village within this state.

3. “Bingo ” or “game ” shall mean a specific game of chance, commonly known as bingo or lotto, in which prizes are awarded on the basis of designated numbers or symbols on a card conforming to numbers or symbols selected at random.

4. “Authorized organization ” shall mean any bona fide religious or charitable organization or bona fide educational, fraternal, civic or service organization or bona fide organization of veterans, volunteer firefighters, or volunteer ambulance workers, which by its charter, certificate of incorporation, constitution, or act of the legislature, shall have as its dominant purpose or purposes one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in the bingo licensing law, provided that each shall operate without profit to its members, and provided that each such organization has engaged in serving one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in the bingo licensing law, article fourteen-H of the general municipal law, for a period of one year immediately prior to applying for a license under the licensing law.

5. “Bingo licensing law ” shall mean article fourteen-h of the general municipal law.

S 434. Utilization of other agency assistance. To effectuate the purposes of this article, the governor may authorize any department, division, board, bureau, commission or agency of the state or of or in any political subdivision thereof to provide such facilities, assistance and data as will enable the commission properly to carry out its activities and effectuate its purposes hereunder.

S 435. Powers and duties of the commission.

1. The commission shall have the power and it shall be its duty to:

(a) Supervise the administration of the bingo licensing law and adopt, amend and repeal rules and regulations governing the issuance and amendment of licenses thereunder and the conducting of games under such licenses, which rules and regulations shall have the force and effect of law and shall be binding upon all municipalities issuing licenses, and upon licensees thereunder and licensees of the commission, to the end that such licenses shall be issued to qualified licensees only and that said games shall be fairly and properly conducted for the purposes and in the manner in the said bingo licensing law prescribed and to prevent the games thereby authorized to be conducted from being conducted for commercial purposes or purposes other than those therein authorized, participated in by criminal or other undesirable elements and the funds derived from the games being diverted from the purposes authorized, and, to provide uniformity in the administration of said law throughout the state, the commission shall prescribe forms of application for licenses, licenses, amendment of licenses, reports of the conduct of games and other matters incident to the administration of such law;

(b) Conduct, anywhere within the state, investigations of the administration, enforcement and potential or actual violations of the bingo licensing law and of the rules and regulations of the commission;

(c) Review all determinations and actions of the municipal governing body in issuing an initial license, and it may review the issuance of subsequent licenses and, after hearing, revoke those licenses which do not in all respects meet the requirements of this article, article fourteen-h of the general municipal law and the rules and regulations of the commission;

(d) Suspend or revoke a license, after hearing, for any violation of the provisions of this article, article fourteen-h of the general municipal law or the rules and regulations of the commission;

(e) Hear appeals from the determinations and action of the municipal governing body in connection with the refusing to issue licenses, the suspension and revocation of licenses and the imposition of fines in the manner prescribed by law and the action and determination of the commission upon any such appeal shall be binding upon the municipal governing body and all parties thereto;

(f) Initiate prosecutions for violations of this article and of the bingo licensing law;

(g) Carry on continuous study of the operation of the bingo licensing law to ascertain from time to time defects therein jeopardizing or threatening to jeopardize the purposes of this article, and to formulate and recommend changes in such law and in other laws of the state which the commission may determine to be necessary for the realization of such purposes, and to the same end to make a continuous study of the operation and administration of similar laws which may be in effect in other states of the United States.

(h) Supervise the disposition of all funds derived from the conduct of bingo by authorized organizations not currently licensed to conduct such games; (i) Issue an identification number to an applicant authorized organization if it shall determine that the applicant satisfies the requirements of the bingo licensing law and the rules and regulations.

2. (a) The commission shall have the power to issue or, after hearing, refuse to issue a license permitting a person, firm or corporation to sell or distribute to any other person, firm or corporation engaged in business as a wholesaler, jobber, distributor or retailer of all cards, boards, sheets, pads and all other supplies, devices and equipment designed for use in the play of bingo by an organization duly licensed to conduct bingo games or to sell or distribute any such materials directly to such an organization. For the purposes of this section the words “sell or distribute” shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following activities; offering for sale, receiving, handling, maintaining, storing the same on behalf of such an organization, distributing or providing the same to such an organization, and offering for sale or lease bingo devices and equipment. Each such license shall be valid for one year.

(b) No person, firm or corporation, other than an organization which is or has been during the preceding twelve months duly licensed to conduct bingo games, shall sell or distribute bingo supplies or equipment without having first obtained a license therefor upon written application made, verified and filed with the commission in the form prescribed by the rules and regulations of the commission. As a part of its determination concerning the applicant`s suitability for licensing as a bingo supplier, the New York state racing and wagering board shall require the applicant to furnish to such board two sets of fingerprints.

Such fingerprints shall be submitted to the division of criminal justice services for a state criminal history record check, as defined in subdivision one of section three thousand thirty-five of the education law, and may be submitted to the federal bureau of investigation for a national criminal history record check. In each such application for a license under this section shall be stated the name and address of the applicant; the names and addresses of its officers, directors, shareholders or partners; the amount of gross receipts realized on the sale or distribution of bingo supplies and equipment to duly licensed organizations during the last preceding calendar or fiscal year, and such other information as shall be prescribed by such rules and regulations. The fee for such license shall be a sum equal to twenty-five dollars plus an amount based upon the gross sales, if any, of bingo equipment and supplies to authorized organizations by the applicant during the preceding calendar year, or fiscal year if the applicant maintains his accounts on a fiscal year basis, and determined in accordance with the following schedule:

gross sales of $1,000 to $4,999…………….$10.00

gross sales of $5,000 to $19,999……………$50.00

gross sales of $20,000 to $49,999………….$200.00

gross sales of $50,000 to $100,000…………$500.00

gross sales in excess of $100,000………..$1,000.00

(c) The following shall be ineligible for such a license:

(1) a person convicted of a crime who has not received a pardon, a certificate of good conduct or a certificate of relief from disabilities;

(2) a person who is or has been a professional gambler or gambling promoter or who for other reasons is not of good moral character;

(3) a public officer or employee;

(4) an operator or proprietor of a commercial hall duly licensed under the bingo licensing law;

(5) a firm or corporation in which a person defined in subdivision (1), (2), (3) or (4) above, or a person married or related in the first degree to such a person, has greater than a ten per centum proprietary, equitable or credit interest or in which such a person is active or employed.

(d) The control commission shall have power to examine or cause to be examined the books and records of any applicant for a license, or any licensee, under this section. Any information so received shall not be disclosed except so far as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this article and article fourteen-h of the general municipal law.

(e) Any solicitation of an organization licensed to conduct bingo games, to purchase or induce the purchase of bingo supplies and equipment, or any representation, statement or inquiry designed or reasonably tending to influence such an organization to purchase the same, other than by a person licensed or otherwise authorized pursuant to this section shall constitute a violation of this section.

(f) Any person who willfully shall make any material false statement in any application for a license authorized to be issued under this article or who willfully shall violate any of the provisions of this section or of any license issued hereunder shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, in addition to the penalties in such case made and provided, shall forfeit any license issued to him or it under this section and be ineligible to apply for a license under this section for one year thereafter.

(g) At the end of the license period, a recapitulation shall be made as between the licensee and the commission in respect of the gross sales actually recorded during the license period and the fee paid therefor, and any deficiency of fee thereby shown to be due shall be paid by the licensee and any excess of fee thereby shown to have been paid shall be credited to said licensee in such manner as the commission by the rules and regulations shall prescribe.

3. The commission shall have the power to approve and establish a standard set of bingo cards comprising a consecutively numbered series and shall by its rules and regulations prescribe the manner in which such cards are to be reproduced and distributed to licensed authorized organizations. The sale or distribution to a licensed authorized organization of any card or cards other than those contained in the standard set of bingo cards shall constitute a violation of this section. Licensed authorized organizations shall not be required to use nor to maintain such cards seriatim excepting that the same may be required in the conduct of limited period bingo games.

S 436. Hearings; immunity.

1. A hearing upon any investigation or review authorized by this article or by article fourteen-h of the general municipal law may be conducted by two or more members of the commission or by a hearing officer duly designated by the commission, as the commission shall determine.

2. A person who has violated any provision of this article or article fourteen-h of the general municipal law, or of the rules and regulations of the commission, or any term of any license issued under said articles or said rules and regulations, is a competent witness against another person so charged. In any hearing upon any investigation or review authorized by this article or article fourteen-h of the general municipal law, for or relating to a violation of any provision of said articles or of the rules and regulations of the commission or of the term of any such license, the commission, may confer immunity upon such witness in accordance with the provisions of section 50.20 of the criminal procedure law. Such immunity shall be conferred only upon the vote of at least three members of the commission, and only after affording the attorney general and the appropriate district attorney a reasonable opportunity to be heard with respect to any objections which they or either of them may have to the granting of such immunity.

S 437. Place of investigations and hearings; witnesses; books and documents. The commission may conduct investigations and hearings within or without the state and shall have power to compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of books, records, documents and other evidence by the issuance of a subpoena signed by a member of the commission.

S 438. Privilege against self-incrimination. The willful refusal to answer a material question or the assertion of privilege against self-incrimination during a hearing upon any investigation or review authorized by this article or by article fourteen-h of the general municipal law by any licensee or any person identified with any licensee as an officer, director, stockholder, partner, member, employee or agent thereof shall constitute sufficient cause for the revocation or suspension of any license issued under this article or under the licensing law, as the commission or as the municipal governing body may determine.

S 439. Filing and availability of rules and regulations . A copy of every rule and regulation adopted and promulgated by the commission shall be filed in the office of the secretary of state before it shall become effective and copies thereof shall be made available to the various municipalities operating under the bingo licensing law.

S 439-a. Municipality to file copies of local laws and ordinances; reports . Each municipality in which the bingo licensing law shall be adopted shall file with the commission a copy of each local law or ordinance enacted pursuant thereto within ten days after the same has been approved by a majority of the electors voting on a proposition submitted at a general or special election, or within ten days after the same has been amended or repealed by the common council or other local legislative body, and on or before February first of each year, and at any other time or times which the commission may determine, make a report to the commission of the number of licenses issued therein under the bingo licensing law, the names and addresses of the licensees, the aggregate amount of license fees collected, the names and addresses of all persons detected of violating the bingo licensing law, this law or the rules and regulations adopted by the commission pursuant hereto, and of all persons prosecuted for such violations and the result of each such prosecution, the penalties imposed therein during the preceding calendar year, or the period for which the report is required, which report may contain any recommendations for improvement of the bingo licensing law or the administration thereof which the governing body of the municipality shall deem to be desirable.

New York Games of Chance Law

CONDUCT OF GAMES OF CHANCE BY CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS
Table of Sections:

185. Short title; purpose of article.
186. Definitions.
187. Local option.
188. Local laws and ordinances.
188-a. Powers and duties of the board.
189. Restrictions upon conduct of games of chance.
189-a. Authorized supplier of games of chance equipment.
189-b. Declaration of state`s exemption from operation of provisions of 15 U.S.C. (1172).
189-c. Legal shipments of gaming devices into New York state.
190. Application for license.
191. Investigation; matters to be determined; issuance of license; fees; duration of license.
192. Hearing; amendment of license.
193. Form and contents of license; display of license.
194. Control and supervision; suspension of identification numbers and licenses; inspection of premises.
195. Sunday; conduct of games on.
195-a. Participation by persons under eighteen.
195-b. Frequency of games.
195-c. Persons operating games; equipment; expenses; compensation.
195-d. Charge for admission and participation; amount of prizes; award of prizes.
195-e. Advertising games.
195-f. Statement of receipts, expenses; additional license fees.
195-g. Examination of books and records; examination of officers and employees; disclosure of information.
195-h. Appeals from the decision of an officer, clerk or department to board.
195-i. Exemption from prosecution.
195-j. Offenses; forfeiture of license; ineligibility to apply for license.
195-k. Unlawful games of chance.
195-l. Article inoperative until adopted by voters.
195-m. Amendment and repeal of local laws and ordinances.
195-n. Manufacturers of bell jars; reports and records.
195-o. Distributor of bell jars; reports and records.
195-p. Transfer restrictions.
195-q. Bell jar compliance and enforcement.
195-r. Severability.

S 185. Short title; purpose of article. This article shall be known and may be cited as the games of chance licensing law. The legislature hereby declares that the raising of funds for the promotion of bona fide charitable, educational, scientific, health, religious and patriotic causes and undertakings, where the beneficiaries are undetermined, is in the public interest. It hereby finds that, as conducted prior to the enactment of this article, games of chance were the subject of exploitation by professional gamblers, promoters, and commercial interests. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the legislature that all phases of the supervision, licensing and regulation of games of chance and of the conduct of games of chance, should be closely controlled and that the laws and regulations pertaining thereto should be strictly construed and rigidly enforced; that the conduct of the game and all attendant activities should be so regulated and adequate controls so instituted as to discourage commercialization of gambling in all its forms, including the rental of commercial premises for games of chance, and to ensure a maximum availability of the net proceeds of games of chance exclusively for application to the worthy causes and undertakings specified herein; that the only justification for this article is to foster and support such worthy causes and undertakings, and that the mandate of section nine of article one of the state constitution, as amended, should be carried out by rigid regulations to prevent commercialized gambling, prevent participation by criminal and other undesirable elements and prevent the diversion of funds from the purposes herein authorized.

S 186. Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

1. “Municipality ” shall mean any city, town or village within this state.

2. “Board ” shall mean New York state racing and wagering board.

3. “Games of chance ” shall mean and include only the games known as “merchandise wheels “, “coin boards “, “merchandise boards “, “seal cards “, “raffles “, and “bell jars ” and such other specific games as may be authorized by the board, in which prizes are awarded on the basis of a designated winning number or numbers, color or colors, symbol or symbols determined by chance, but not including games commonly known as “bingo or lotto” which are controlled under article fourteen-H of this chapter and also not including “bookmaking”, “policy or numbers games” and “lottery” as defined in section 225.00 of the penal law. No game of chance shall involve wagering of money by one player against another player.

3-a. “Bell jars ” shall mean and include those games in which a participant shall draw a card from a jar, vending machine, or other suitable device or container which contains numbers, colors or symbols that are covered and which, when uncovered, may reveal that a prize shall be awarded on the basis of a designated winning number, color or symbol or combination of numbers, colors or symbols. Bell jars shall also include seal cards, coin boards, and merchandise boards.

3-b. “Raffle ” shall mean and include those games of chance in which a participant pays money in return for a ticket or other receipt and in which a prize is awarded on the basis of a winning number or numbers, color or colors, or symbol or symbols designated on the ticket or receipt, determined by chance as a result of a drawing from among those tickets or receipts previously sold.

3-c. “Coin board ” and “merchandise board ” shall mean a board used in conjunction with bell jar tickets which contains and displays various coins and/or merchandise as prizes. A player having a bell jar ticket with a number matching a pre-designated number reflected on the board for a prize wins that prize.

3-d. “Seal cards ” shall mean a board or placard used in conjunction with a deal of the same serial number which contains one or more concealed areas that, when removed or opened, reveal a predesignated winning number, letter, or symbol located on the board or placard.

4. “Authorized organization ” shall mean and include any bona fide religious or charitable organization or bona fide educational, fraternal or service organization or bona fide organization of veterans or volunteer firemen, which by its charter, certificate of incorporation, constitution, or act of the legislature, shall have among its dominant purposes one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in this article, provided that each shall operate without profit to its members, and provided that each such organization has engaged in serving one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in this article for a period of three years immediatley prior to applying for a license under this article.

No organization shall be deemed an authorized organization which is formed primarily for the purpose of conducting games of chance and which does not devote at least seventy-five percent of its activities to other than conducting games of chance. No political party shall be deemed an authorized organization.

5. “Lawful purposes ” shall mean one or more of the following causes, deeds or activities:

(a) Those which shall benefit needy or deserving persons indefinite in number by enhancing their opportunity for religious or educational advancement, by relieving them from disease, suffering or distress, or by contributing to their physical wellbeing, by assisting them in establishing themselves in life as worthy and useful citizens, or by increasing their comprehension of and devotion to the principles upon which this nation was founded and enhancing their loyalty to their governments.

(b) Those which shall initiate, perform or foster worthy public works or shall enable or further the erection or maintenance of public structures.

(c) Those which shall otherwise lessen the burdens borne by government or which are voluntarily undertaken by an authorized organization to augment or supplement services which government would normally render to the people, including, in the case of volunteer firemen`s activities, the purchase, erection or maintenance of a building for a firehouse, activities open to the public for the enhancement of membership, and the purchase of equipment which can reasonably be expected to increase the efficiency of response to fires, accidents, public calamities and other emergencies.

(d) Those which shall initiate, perform or foster the provisions of services to veterans by encouraging the gathering of such veterans and shall enable or further the erection or maintenance of facilities for use by such veterans which shall be used primarily for charitable or patriotic purposes, or those purposes which shall be authorized by a bona fide organization of veterans, provided however that such proceeds are disbursed pursuant to section one hundred eighty-nine of this article.

6. “Net proceeds ” shall mean (a) in relation to the gross receipts from one or more license periods of games of chance, the amount that shall remain after deducting the reasonable sums necessarily and actually expended for supplies and equipment, prizes, security-personnel, stated rental if any, bookkeeping or accounting services according to a schedule of compensation prescribed by the board, janitorial services and utility supplies if any, license fees, and the cost of bus transportation, if authorized by the clerk or department and (b) in relation to the gross rent received by an authorized games of chance lessor for the use of its premises by a game of chance licensee, the amount that shall remain after deducting the reasonable sums necessarily and actually expended for janitorial services and utility supplies directly attributable thereto if any.

7. “Net lease ” shall mean a written agreement between a lessor and lessee under the terms of which the lessee is entitled to the possession, use or occupancy of the whole or part of any premises from any non-commercial or non-profit authorized games of chance lessor for which the lessee pays rent to the lessor and likewise undertakes to pay substantially all of the regularly recurring expenses incident to the operation and maintenance of such leased premises.

8. “Authorized games of chance lessor ” shall mean an authorized organization which has been granted a lessor`s license pursuant to the provisions of this article or a municipality.

9. “Single type of game ” shall mean the games of chance known as merchandise wheels, coin boards, merchandise boards, raffles, and bell jars and each other specific game of chance authorized by the board.

10. “Operation ” shall mean the play of a single type of game of chance necessary to determine the outcome or winners each time wagers are made.
A single drawing of a winning ticket or other receipt in a raffle shall be deemed one operation.

11. “Single prize ” shall mean the sum of money or fair market value of merchandise or coins awarded to a participant by a games of chance licensee in any one operation of a single type of game of chance in excess of his wager.

12. “Series of prizes ” shall mean the total amount of single prizes minus the total amount of wagers lost during the successive operations of a single type of game of chance, except that for merchandise wheels and raffles, “series of prizes” shall mean the sum of cash and the fair market value of merchandise awarded as single prizes during the successive operations of any single merchandise wheel or raffle. In the game of raffle, a series of prizes may include a percentage of the sum of cash received from the sale of raffle tickets.

13. “Authorized supplier of games of chance equipment ” shall mean any person, firm, partnership, corporation or organization licensed by the board to sell or lease games of chance equipment or paraphernalia which meets the specifications and regulations established by the board.
Nothing herein shall prevent an authorized organization from purchasing common articles, such as cards and dice, from normal sources of supply of such articles or from constructing equipment and paraphernalia for games of chance for its own use. However, no such equipment or paraphernalia, constructed or owned by an authorized organization shall be sold or leased to any other authorized organization, without written permission from the board.

14. “One occasion ” shall mean the successive operations of any one single type of game of chance which results in the awarding of a series of prizes amounting to five hundred dollars or four hundred dollars during any one license period, in accordance with the provisions of subdivision eight of section one hundred eighty-nine of this article, as the case may be. For purposes of the game of chance known as a merchandise wheel or a raffle, “one occasion” shall mean the successive operations of any one such merchandise wheel or raffle for which the limit on a series of prizes provided by subdivision six of section one hundred eighty-nine of this article shall apply. For purposes of the game of chance known as a bell jar, “one occasion” shall mean the successive operation of any one such bell jar, seal card, coin board, or merchandise board which results in the awarding of a series of prizes amounting to three thousand dollars. For the purposes of the game of chance known as raffle “one occasion” shall mean a calendar year during which successive operations of such game are conducted.

15. “License period ” shall mean a period of time not to exceed fourteen consecutive hours and, for purposes of the game of chance known as a bell jar and a raffle, “license period” shall mean a period of time running from January first to December thirty-first of each year.

16. “Clerk ” shall mean the clerk of a municipality outside the city of New York.

17. “Officer ” shall mean the chief law enforcement officer of a municipality outside the city of New York, or if such municipality exercises the option set forth in subdivision two of section one hundred ninety-four of this article, the chief law enforcement officer of the county.

18. “Department ” shall mean the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

19. “Premises ” shall mean a designated area within a building, hall, tent, or grounds reasonably identified for the conduct of games of chance. Nothing herein shall require such area to be enclosed.

20. “Games of chance currency ” shall mean legal tender or a form of scrip or chip authorized by the board, any of which may be used at the discretion of the games of chance licensee.

21. “Flare” shall mean a poster description of the bell jar game, which shall include a declaration of the number of winners and amount of prizes in each deal, the number of prizes available in the deal, the number of tickets in each deal which contain the stated prize; the manufacturer`s game form number, and the serial number of the deal which shall be identical to the serial number imprinted on each ticket contained in the deal.

S 187. Local option. Subject to the provisions of this article, and pursuant to the direction contained in subdivision two of section nine of article one of the constitution of the state, the legislature hereby gives and grants to every municipality the right, power and authority to authorize the conduct of games of chance by authorized organizations within the territorial limits of such municipality. A local law or ordinance adopted by a town shall be operative in any village or within any part of any village located within such town if, after adoption of such local law or ordinance, the board of trustees of such village adopts a local law or resolution subject to a permisive referendum as provided in article nine of the village law authorizing the issuance of licenses by the town for games of chance within such village. Such local law or resolution may be repealed only by a local law or resolution which shall also be subject to a permissive referendum, or by enactment of a local law authorizing games of chance as provided in section one hundred eighty-eight of this article.

S 188. Local laws and ordinances.

1. The common council or other local legislative body of any municipality may, either by local law or ordinance, provide that it shall be lawful for any authorized organization, upon obtaining a license therefor as hereinafter provided, to conduct games of chance within the territorial limits of such municipality, subject to the provisions of such local law or ordinance, the provisions of this article, and the provisions set forth by the board.

2. No such local law or ordinance shall become operative or effective unless and until it shall have been approved by a majority of the electors voting on a proposition submitted at a general or special election held within such municipality who are qualified to vote for officers of such municipality.

3. The time, method and manner of submission, preparation and provision of ballots and ballot labels, balloting by voting machine and conducting the election, canvassing the result and making and filing the returns and all other procedure with reference to the submission of and action upon any proposition for the approval of any such local law or ordinance shall be the same as in the case of any other proposition to be submitted to the electors of such municipality at a general or special election in such municipality, as provided by law.

S 188-a. Powers and duties of the board. The board shall have the power and it shall be its duty to:

1. Supervise the administration of the games of chance licensing law and to adopt, amend and repeal rules and regulations governing the issuance and amendment of licenses thereunder and the conducting of games under such licenses, which rules and regulations shall have the force and effect of law and shall be binding upon all municipalities issuing licenses, and upon licensees of the board, to the end that such licenses shall be issued to qualified licensees only, and that said games shall be fairly and properly conducted for the purposes and in the manner of the said games of chance licensing law prescribed and to prevent the games of chance thereby authorized to be conducted from being conducted for commercial purposes or purposes other than those therein authorized, participated in by criminal or other undesirable elements and the funds derived from the games being diverted from the purposes authorized, and to provide uniformity in the administration of said law throughout the state, the board shall prescribe forms of application for licenses, licensees, amendment of licenses, reports of the conduct of games and other matters incident to the administration of such law.

2. Conduct, anywhere in the state, investigations of the administration, enforcement and potential or actual violations of the games of chance licensing law and of the rules and regulations of the board.

3. Reveiw all determinations and actions of the clerk or department in issuing an initial license and it may review the issuance of subsequent licenses and, after hearing, revoke those licenses which do not in all respects meet the requirements of this article and the rules and regulations of the board.

4. Suspend or revoke a license, after hearing, for any violation of the provisions of this article or the rules and regulations of the board.

5. Hear appeals from the determinations and action of the clerk, department or officer in connection with the refusing to issue licenses, the suspension and revocation of licenses and the imposition of fines in the manner prescribed by law and the action and determination of the board upon any such appeal shall be binding upon the clerk, department or officer and all parties thereto.

6. Carry on continuous study of the operation of the games of chance licensing law to ascertain from time to time defects therein jeopardizing or threatening to jeopardize the purposes of this article, and to formulate and recommend changes in such law and in other laws of the state which the board may determine to be necessary for the realization of such purposes, and to the same end to make a continuous study of the operation and administration of similar laws which may be in effect in other states of the United States.

7. Supervise the disposition of all funds derived from the conduct of games of chance by authorized organizations not currently licensed to conduct such games.

8. Issue an identification number to an applicant authorized organization if it shall determine that the applicant satisfies the requirements of the games of chance licensing law and the rules and regulations of the board.

9. The board shall have the power to approve and establish a standard set of games of chance equipment and shall by its rules and regulations prescribe the manner in which such equipment is to be reproduced and distributed to licensed authorized organizations. The sale or distribution to a licensed authorized organization of any equipment other than that contained in the standard set of games of chance equipment shall constitute a violation of this section.

S 189. Restrictions upon conduct of games of chance. The conduct of games of chance authorized by local law or ordinance shall be subject to the following restrictions irrespective of whether the restrictions are contained in such local law or ordinance, but nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the inclusion within such local law or ordinance of other provisions imposing additional restrictions upon the conduct of such games:

1. No person, firm, partnership, corporation or organization, other than a licensee under the provisions of section one hundred ninety-one of this article, shall conduct such game or shall lease or otherwise make available for conducting games of chance premises for any consideration whatsoever, direct or indirect.

2. No game of chance shall be held, operated or conducted on or within any leased premises if rental under such lease is to be paid, wholly or partly, on the basis of a percentage of the receipts or net profits derived from the operation of such game.

3. No authorized organization licensed under the provisions of this article shall purchase, lease, or receive any supplies or equipment specifically designed or adapted for use in the conduct of games of chance from other than a supplier licensed by the board or from another authorized organization. Lease terms and conditions shall be subject to rules and regulations promulgated by the board. The provisions of this article shall not be construed to authorize or permit an authorized organization to engage in the business of leasing games of chance, supplies, or equipment. Furthermore, no organization shall purchase bell jar tickets, or deals of bell jar tickets from any other person or organization other than those specifically authorized under sections one hundred ninety-five-n and one hundred ninety-five-o of this article.

4. The entire net proceeds of any game of chance shall be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the organization permitted to conduct the same and the net proceeds of any rental derived therefrom shall be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the authorized games of chance lessor.

5. No single prize awarded by games of chance other than raffle shall exceed the sum or value of three hundred dollars, except that for merchandise wheels, no single prize shall exceed the sum or value of two hundred fifty dollars. No single prize awarded by raffle shall exceed the sum or value of fifty thousand dollars, except that an authorized organization may award by raffle a single prize having a value of up to and including one hundred thousand dollars if its application for a license filed pursuant to section one hundred ninety of this article includes a statement of its intent to award a prize having such value.

No single wager shall exceed six dollars and for bell jars, coin boards, or merchandise boards, no single prize shall exceed five hundred dollars provided, however, that such limitation shall not apply to the amount of money or value paid by the participant in a raffle in return for a ticket or other receipt. For coin boards and merchandise boards, the value of a prize shall be determined by its costs to the authorized organization or, if donated, its fair market value.

6. No authorized organization shall award a series of prizes consisting of cash or of merchandise with an aggregate value in excess of ten thousand dollars during the successive operations of any one merchandise wheel, and three thousand dollars during the successive operations of any bell jar, coin board, or merchandise board. No series of prizes awarded by raffle shall have an aggregate value in excess of one hundred thousand dollars. For coin boards and merchandise boards, the value of a prize shall be determined by its cost to the authorized organization or, if donated, its fair market value.

7. In addition to merchandise wheels, raffles and bell jars, no more than five other single types of games of chance shall be conducted during any one license period.

8. Except for merchandise wheels and raffles, no series of prizes on any one occasion shall aggregate more than four hundred dollars when the licensed authorized organization conducts five single types of games of chance during any one license period. Except for merchandise wheels, raffles and bell jars, no series of prizes on any one occasion shall aggregate more than five hundred dollars when the licensed authorized organization conducts less than five single types of games of chance, exclusive of merchandise wheels, raffles and bell jars, during any one license period. No authorized organization shall award by raffle prizes with an aggregate value in excess of one hundred thousand dollars during any one license period.

9. Except for the limitations on the sum or value for single prizes and series of prizes, no limit shall be imposed on the sum or value of prizes awarded to any one participant during any occasion or any license period.

10. No person except a bona fide member of the licensed authorized organization shall participate in the management of such games; no person except a bona fide member 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 shall receive any remuneration for participating in the management or operation of any such game.

12. No authorized organization shall extend credit to a person to participate in playing a game of chance.

13. No game of chance shall be conducted on other than the premises of an authorized organization or an authorized games of chance lessor.

Nothing herein shall prohibit the sale of raffle tickets to the public outside the premises of an authorized organization or an authorized games of chance lessor; or in municipalities which have passed a local law, ordinance or resolution in accordance with sections one hundred eighty-seven and one hundred eighty-eight of this article approving the conduct of games of chance that are located in the county in which the municipality issuing the license is located and in the counties which are contiguous to the county in which the municipality issuing the raffle license is located, provided those municipalities have authorized the licensee, in writing, to sell such raffle tickets therein and provided, however, that no sale of raffle tickets shall be made more than one hundred eighty days prior to the date scheduled for the occasion at which the raffle will be conducted. The winner of any single prize in a raffle shall not be required to be present at the time such raffle is conducted.

13-a. No person licensed to manufacture, distribute, or sell games of chance supplies or equipment, or their agents, shall conduct, participate in, or assist in the conduct of games of chance. Nothing herein shall prohibit a licensed distributor from selling, offering for sale, or explaining a product to an authorized organization or installing or servicing games of chance equipment upon the premises of games of chance licensees.

14. The unauthorized conduct of a game of chance shall constitute and be punishable as a misdemeanor.

15. No coins or merchandise from a coin board or merchandise board shall be redeemable or convertible into cash directly or indirectly by the authorized organization.

S 189-a. Authorized supplier of games of chance equipment. No person, firm, partnership, corporation or organization, shall sell or distribute supplies or equipment specifically designed or adapted for use in conduct of games of chance without having first obtained a license therefor upon written application made, verified and filed with the board in the form prescribed by the rules and regulations of the board.

As a part of its determination concerning the applicant’s suitability for licensing as a games of chance supplier, the board shall require the applicant to furnish to the board two sets of fingerprints. Such fingerprints shall be submitted to the division of criminal justice services for a state criminal history record check, as defined in subdivision one of section three thousand thirty-five of the education law, and may be submitted to the federal bureau of investigation for a national criminal history record check. Manufacturers of bell jar tickets shall be considered suppliers of such equipment. In each such application for a license under this section shall be stated the name and address of the applicant; the names and addresses of its officers, directors, shareholders or partners; the amount of gross receipts realized on the sale and rental of games of chance supplies and equipment to duly licensed authorized organizations during the last preceding calendar or fiscal year, and such other information as shall be prescribed by such rules and regulations. The fee for such license shall be a sum equal to twenty-five dollars plus an amount equal to two per centum of the gross sales and rentals, if any, of games of chance equipment and supplies to authorized organizations or authorized games of chance lessors by the applicant during the preceding calendar year, or fiscal year if the applicant maintains his accounts on a fiscal year basis. No license granted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be effective for a period of more than one year.

(a) The following shall be ineligible for such a license:

(1) a person convicted of a crime who has not received a pardon, a certificate of good conduct or a certificate of relief from disabilities;

(2) a person who is or has been a professional gambler or gambling promoter or who for other reasons is not of good moral character;

(3) a public officer or employee;

(4) an authorized games of chance lessor;

(5) a firm or corporation in which a person defined in subdivision (1), (2), (3) or (4) above has greater than a ten per centum proprietary, equitable or credit interest or in which such a person is active or employed.

(b) The board shall have power to examine or cause to be examined the books and records of any applicant for a license, under this section.

Any information so received shall not be disclosed except so far as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this article.

(c) Any solicitation of an organization licensed to conduct games of chance, to purchase or induce the purchase of games of chance supplies and equipment, other than by a person licensed or otherwise authorized pursuant to this section shall constitute a violation of this section.

(d) Any person who willfully shall make any material false statement in any application for a license authorized to be issued under this section or who willfully shall violate any of the provisions of this section or of any license issued hereunder shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, in addition to the penalties in such case made and provided, shall forfeit any license issued to him or it under this section and be ineligible to apply for a license under this section for one year thereafter.

(e) At the end of such period specified in the license, a recapitulation shall be made as between the licensee and the board in respect of the gross sales and rentals actually recorded during that period and the fee paid therefor, and any deficiency of fee thereby shown to be due shall be paid by the licensee and any excess of fee thereby shown to have been paid shall be credited to said licensee in such manner as the board by the rules and regulations shall prescribe.

S 189-b. Declaration of state`s exemption from operation of provisions of 15 U.S.C. 1172. Pursuant to section two of an Act of Congress of the United States entitled “An act to prohibit transportation of gambling devices in interstate and foreign commerce,” approved January second, nineteen hundred fifty-one, being chapter 1194, 64 Stat. 1134, and also designated as 15 U.S.C. (1171-1177), the state of New York, acting by and through the duly elected and qualified members of its legislature, does hereby, in accordance with and in compliance with the provisions of section two of said Act of Congress, declare and proclaim that it is exempt from the provisions of section two of said Act of Congress.

S 189-c. Legal shipments of gaming devices into New York state. All shipments into this state of gaming devices, excluding slot machines and coin operated gambling devices, as defined in subdivision seven-a of section 225.00 of the penal law, the registering, recording and labeling of which has been duly had by the manufacturer or dealer thereof in accordance with sections three and four of an Act of Congress of the United States entitled “An act to prohibit transportation of gambling devices in interstate and foreign commerce,” approved January second, nineteen hundred fifty-one, being chapter 1194, 64 Stat. 1134, and also designated as 15 U.S.C. (1171-1177), shall be deemed legal shipments thereof into this state.

S 190. Application for license.

1. To conduct games of chance.

(a) Each applicant for a license shall, after obtaining an identification number from the board, file with the clerk or department, a written application therefor in a form to be prescribed by the board, duly executed and verified, in which shall be stated:

(1) the name and address of the applicant together with sufficient facts relating to its incorporation and organization to enable such clerk or department, as the case may be, to determine whether or not it is a bona fide authorized organization;

(2) the names and addresses of its officers; the place or places where, the date or dates and the time or times when the applicant intends to conduct games under the license applied for;

(3) the amount of rent to be paid or other consideration to be given directly or indirectly for each licensed period for use of the premises of an authorized games of chance lessor;

(4) all other items of expense intended to be incurred or paid in connection with the holding, operating and conducting of such games of chance and the names and addresses of the persons to whom, and the purposes for which, they are to be paid;

(5) the purposes to which the entire net proceeds of such games are to be devoted and in what manner; that no commission, salary, compensation, reward or recompense will be paid to any person for conducting such game or games or for assisting therein except as in this article otherwise provided; and such other information as shall be prescribed by such rules and regulations.

(6) the name of each single type of game of chance to be conducted under the license applied for and the number of merchandise wheels and raffles, if any, to be operated.

(b) In each application there shall be designated not less than four bona fide members of the applicant organization under whom the game or games of chance will be managed and to the application shall be appended a statement executed by the members so designated, that they will be responsible for the management of such games in accordance with the terms of the license, the rules and regulations of the board, this article and the applicable local laws or ordinances.

2. Authorized games of chance lessor: Each applicant for a license to lease premises to a licensed organization for the purposes of conducting games of chance therein shall file with the clerk or department, a written application therefor in a form to be prescribed by the board duly executed and verified, which shall set forth the name and address of the applicant; designation and address of the premises intended to be covered by the license sought; a statement that the applicant in all respects conforms with the specifications contained in the definition of “authorized organization” set forth in section one hundred eighty-six of this article; a statement of the lawful purposes to which the net proceeds from any rental are to be devoted by the applicant, and such other information as shall be prescribed by the board.

3. In counties outside the city of New York, municipalities may, pursuant to section one hundred eighty-eight of this article, adopt an ordinance providing that an authorized organization having obtained an identification number from the board and having applied for no more than one license to conduct games of chance during the period not less than twelve nor more than eighteen months immediately preceding may file with the clerk or department a summary application in a form to be prescribed by the board duly executed and verified, containing the names and addresses of the applicant organization and its officers, the date, time and place or places where the applicant intends to conduct games under the license applied for, the purposes to which the entire net proceeds of such games are to be devoted and the information and statement required by paragraph (b) of subdivision one of this section in lieu of the application required under subdivision one of this section.

4. Notwithstanding and in lieu of the licensing requirements set forth in this article, an authorized organization defined in subdivision four of section one hundred eighty-six of this article may file a verified statement, for which no fee shall be required, with the clerk or department and the board attesting that such organization shall derive net proceeds or net profits from raffles in an amount less than thirty thousand dollars during one occasion or part thereof at which raffles are to be conducted. Such statement shall be on a single page form prescribed by the board and shall be deemed a license to conduct raffles: (a) under this article; and (b) within the municipalities in which the authorized organization are domiciled which have passed a local law, ordinance or resolution in accordance with sections one hundred eighty-seven and one hundred eighty-eight of this article approving the conduct of games of chance, and in municipalities which have passed a local law, ordinance or resolution in accordance with sections one hundred eighty-seven and one hundred eighty-eight of this article approving the conduct of games of chance that are located in the county in which the municipality issuing the license is located and in the counties which are contiguous to the county in which the municipality issuing the raffle license is located, provided those municipalities have authorized the licensee, in writing, to sell such raffle tickets therein. An organization that has filed a verified statement with the clerk or department and the board attesting that such organization shall derive net proceeds or net profits from raffles in an amount less than thirty thousand dollars during one occasion or part thereof that in fact derives net proceeds or net profits exceeding thirty thousand dollars during any one occasion or part thereof shall be required to obtain a license as required by this article and shall be subject to the provisions of section one hundred ninety-five-f of this article.

S 191. Investigation; matters to be determined; issuance of license; fees; duration of license.

1. The clerk or department shall make an investigation of the qualifications of each applicant and the merits of each application, with due expedition after the filing of the application.

(a) Issuance of licenses to conduct games of chance. If such clerk or department shall determine that the applicant is duly qualified to be licensed to conduct games of chance under this article; that the member or members of the applicant designated in the application to manage games of chance are bona fide active members of the applicant and are persons of good moral character and have never been convicted of a crime, or, if convicted, have received a pardon, a certificate of good conduct or a certificate of relief from disabilities; that such games are to be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this article and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the board and applicable local laws or ordinances and that the proceeds thereof are to be disposed of as provided by this article, and if such clerk or department is satisfied that no commission, salary, compensation, reward or recompense whatever will be paid or given to any person managing, operating or assisting therein except as in this article otherwise provided; it shall issue a license to the applicant for the conduct of games of chance upon payment of a license fee of twenty-five dollars for each license period.

(b) Issuance of licenses to authorized games of chance lessors. If such clerk or department shall determine that the applicant seeking to lease premises for the conduct of games of chance to a games of chance licensee is duly qualified to be licensed under this article; that the applicant satisfies the requirements for an authorized organization as defined in section one hundred eighty-six of this article; that the applicant has filed its proposed rent for each license period and that the clerk or department has approved the proposed rent as fair and reasonable; that the net proceeds from any rental will be devoted to the lawful purposes of the applicant; that there is no diversion of the funds of the proposed lessee from the lawful purposes as defined in this article; and that such leasing of premises for the conduct of such games is to be in accordance with the provisions of this article, with the rules and regulations of the board and applicable local laws and ordinances, it shall issue a license permitting the applicant to lease said premises for the conduct of such games to the games of chance licensee or licensees specified in the application during the period therein specified or such shorter period as such clerk or department shall determine, but not to exceed twelve license periods during a calendar year, upon payment of a license fee of fifty dollars. Nothing herein shall be construed to require the applicant to be licensed under this article to conduct games of chance.

(c) Issuance of license upon summary application. If, upon the basis of a summary application as prescribed under subdivision three of section one hundred ninety of this article, the clerk or department shall determine that the applicant is duly qualified to be licensed to conduct games of chance under this article, said clerk or department shall forthwith issue said license. In the event the clerk or department has reason to believe that the applicant is not so qualified the applicant shall be directed to file an application pursuant to subdivision one of section one hundred ninety of this article.

2. On or before the thirtieth day of each month, the treasurer of the municipality in which the licensed property is located shall transmit to the state comptroller a sum equal to fifty percent of all authorized games of chance lessor license fees and the sum of fifteen dollars per license period for the conduct of games of chance collected by such clerk or department pursuant to this section during the preceding calendar month.

3. No license shall be issued under this section which shall be effective for a period of more than one year.

S 192. Hearing; amendment of license.

1. No application for the issuance of a license to conduct games of chance or lease premises to an authorized organization shall be denied by the clerk or department, until after a hearing, held on due notice to the applicant, at which the applicant shall be entitled to be heard upon the qualifications of the applicant and the merits of the application.

2. Any license issued under this article may be amended, upon application made to such clerk or department which issued it, if the subject matter of the proposed amendment could lawfully and properly have been included in the original license and upon payment of such additional license fee if any, as would have been payable if it had been so included.

S 193. Form and contents of license; display of license.

1. Each license to conduct games of chance shall be in such form as shall be prescribed in the rules and regulations promulgated by the board, and shall contain a statement of the name and address of the licensee, of the names and addresses of the members of the licensee under whom the games will be managed, of the place or places where and the date or dates and time or times when such games are to be conducted and of the purposes to which the entire net proceeds of such games are to be devoted; the name of each single type of game to be conducted under the license and the number of merchandise wheels and raffles, if any, to be operated; and any other information which may be required by said rules and regulations to be contained therein, and each license issued for the conduct of any games shall be conspicuously displayed at the place where same is to be conducted at all times during the conduct thereof.

2. Each license to lease premises for conducting games of chance will be in such form as shall be prescribed in the rules and regulations of the board and shall contain a statement of the name and address of the licensee and the address of the leased premises, the amount of permissible rent and any information which may be required by said rules and regulations to be contained therein, and each such license shall be conspicuously displayed upon such premises at all times during the conduct of games of chance.

S 194. Control and supervision; suspension of identification numbers and licenses; inspection of premises .

1. The officer or department, shall have and exercise rigid control and close supervision over all games of chance conducted under such license, to the end that the same are fairly conducted in accordance with the provisions of such license, the provisions of the rules and regulations promulgated by the board, and the provisions of this article. Such officer or department and the board shall have the power and the authority to temporarily suspend any license issued by the clerk or department and/or impose fines for violations not to exceed one thousand dollars. Temporary suspension of licenses shall be promptly followed by a hearing, and after notice and hearing, the clerk, department, or board may suspend or revoke the same and declare the violator ineligible to apply for a license for a period not exceeding twelve months thereafter. Any fines tendered to the clerk, department, or board shall not be paid from funds derived from the conduct of games of chance. The officer and the department or the board shall additionally have the right of entry, by their respective officers and agents, at all times into any premises where any game of chance is being conducted or where it is intended that any such game shall be conducted, or where any equipment being used or intended to be used in the conduct thereof is found, for the purpose of inspecting the same.
Upon suspension or revocation of any license or upon declaration of ineligibility to apply for a license, the board may suspend or revoke the identification number issued pursuant to section one hundred eighty-eight-a of this article. An agent of the appropriate officer or department shall make an on site inspection during the conduct of all games of chance licensed pursuant to this article.

2. A municipality may, by local law or ordinance enacted pursuant to the provisions of section one hundred eighty-eight of this article, provide that the powers and duties set forth in subdivision one of this section, shall be exercised by the chief law enforcement officer of the county. In the event a municipality exercises this option the fees provided for by subdivision two of section one hundred ninety-five-f of this article, shall be remitted to the chief fiscal officer of the county.

3. Service of alcoholic beverages. Subject to the applicable provisions of the alcoholic beverage control law, beer may be offered for sale during the conduct of games of chance on games of chance premises as such premises are defined in subdivision nineteen of section one hundred eighty-six of this article; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed to limit the offering for sale of any other alcoholic beverage in areas other than the games of chance premises or the sale of any other alcoholic beverage in premises where only the games of chance known as bell jar or raffles are conducted.

S 195. Sunday; conduct of games on. Except as provided in section one hundred ninety-five-b of this article, no games of chance shall be conducted under any license issued under this article on the first day of the week, commonly known and designated as Sunday, unless it shall be otherwise provided in the license issued for the conducting thereof, pursuant to the provisions of a local law or an ordinance duly adopted by the governing body of the municipality wherein the license is issued, authorizing the conduct of games of chance under this article on that day only between the hours of noon and midnight. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section no games of chance shall be conducted on Easter Sunday or Christmas Day.

S 195-a. Participation by persons under eighteen. No person under the age of eighteen years shall be permitted to play any game or games of chance conducted pursuant to any license issued under this article.

Persons under the age of eighteen years may be permitted to attend games of chance at the discretion of the games of chance licensee. No person under the age of eighteen years shall be permitted to operate any game of chance conducted pursuant to any license issued under this article or to assist therein.

S 195-b. Frequency of games. No game or games of chance, shall be conducted under any license issued under this article more often than twelve times in any calendar year. No particular premises shall be used for the conduct of games of chance on more than twenty-four license periods during any one calendar year. Games shall be conducted only between the hours of noon and midnight on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and only between the hours of noon on Friday and two A.M.

Saturday, and only between the hours of noon on Saturday and two A.M.

Sunday. The two A.M. closing period shall also apply to a legal holiday.

The above restrictions shall not apply when only the games of chance known as bell jar and/or raffle are conducted.

S 195-c. 1. Persons operating games; equipment; expenses; compensation. No person shall operate any game of chance under any license issued under this article except a bona fide member of the authorized organization to which the license is issued, or a bona fide member of an organization or association which is an auxiliary to the licensee or a bona fide member of an organization or association of which such licensee is an auxiliary or a bona fide member 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 the number of games of chance licensees for whom such persons may operate games of chance nor to prevent non-members 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 organization shall upon request certify, under oath, that the persons operating any game of chance are bona fide members 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 schedule of compensation prescribed by the board, janitorial services and utility supplies if any, and license fees, and the cost of bus transportation, if authorized by such clerk or department. No commission, salary, compensation, reward or recompense shall be paid or given to any person 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 organization licensed to conduct a raffle.

S 195-d. Charge for admission and participation; amount of prizes; award of prizes. A fee may be charged by any licensee for admission to any game or games of chance conducted under any license issued under this article. The clerk or department may in its discretion fix a minimum fee. With the exception of bell jars, coin boards, seal cards, merchandise boards, and raffles, every winner shall be determined and every prize shall be awarded and delivered within the same calendar day as that upon which the game was played. No alcoholic beverage shall be offered or given as a prize in any game of chance.

S 195-e. Advertising games. A licensee may advertise the conduct of games of chance to the general public by means of newspaper, circular, handbill and poster, and by one sign not exceeding sixty square feet in area, which may be displayed on or adjacent to the premises owned or occupied by a licensed authorized organization, and when an organization is licensed to conduct games of chance on premises of an authorized games of chance lessor, one additional such sign may be displayed on or adjacent to the premises in which the games are to be conducted.

Additional signs may be displayed upon any fire fighting equipment belonging to any licensed authorized organization which is a volunteer fire company, or upon any equipment of a first aid or rescue squad in and throughout the community served by such volunteer fire company or such first aid or rescue squad, as the case may be. All advertisements shall be limited to the description of such event as “Games of chance” or “Las Vegas Night”, the name of the authorized organization conducting such games, the license number of the authorized organization as assigned by the clerk or department and the date, location and time of the event.

S 195-f. Statement of receipts, expenses; additional license fees.

1. Within seven days after the conclusion of any license period other than a license period for a raffle, or as otherwise prescribed by the board, the authorized organization which conducted the same, and its members who were in charge thereof, and when applicable the authorized games of chance lessor which rented its premises therefor, shall each furnish to the clerk or department a statement subscribed by the member in charge and affirmed by him as true, under the penalties of perjury, showing the amount of the gross receipts derived therefrom and each item of expense incurred, or paid, and each item of expenditure made or to be made other than prizes, the name and address of each person to whom each such item of expense has been paid, or is to be paid, with a detailed description of the merchandise purchased or the services rendered therefor, the net proceeds derived from the conduct of games of chance during such license period, and the use to which such proceeds have been or are to be applied and it shall be the duty of each licensee to maintain and keep such books and records as may be necessary to substantiate the particulars of each such statement.

2. Within thirty days after the conclusion of an occasion during which a raffle was conducted, the authorized organization conducting such raffle and the members in charge of such raffle, and, when applicable, the authorized games of chance lessor which rented its premises therefor, shall each furnish to the clerk or department a statement on a form prescribed by the board, subscribed by the member in charge and affirmed by him as true, under the penalties of perjury, showing the number of tickets printed, the number of tickets sold, the price, and the number of tickets returned to or retained by the authorized organization as unsold, a description and statement of the fair market value for each prize actually awarded, the amount of the gross receipts derived therefrom, each item of expenditure made or to be made other than prizes, the name and address of each person to whom each such item of expense has been paid, or is to be paid, a detailed description of the merchandise purchased or the services rendered therefor, the net proceeds derived from the raffle at such occasion, the use to which the proceeds have been or are to be applied and shall be the duty of each licensee to maintain and keep such books and records as may be necessary to substantiate the particulars of each such statement, provided, however, where the cumulative net proceeds or net profits derived from the conduct of a raffle or raffles are less than thirty thousand dollars during any one occasion, in such case, the reporting requirement shall be satisfied by the filing within thirty days of the conclusion of such occasion a verified statement prescribed by the board attesting to the amount of such net proceeds or net profits and the distribution thereof for lawful purposes with the clerk or department and a copy with the board.

3. Any authorized organization required to file an annual report with the secretary of state pursuant to article seven-A of the executive law or the attorney general pursuant to article eight of the estates, powers and trusts law shall include with such annual report a copy of the statement required to be filed with the clerk or department pursuant to subdivision one or two of this section.

4. Upon the filing of such statement of receipts pursuant to subdivision one or two of this section, the authorized organization furnishing the same shall pay to the clerk or department as and for an additional license fee a sum based upon the reported net proceeds, if any, for the license period, or in the case of raffles, for the occasion covered by such statement and determined in accordance with such schedule as shall be established from time to time by the board to defray the actual cost to municipalities or counties of administering the provisions of this article, but such additional license fee shall not exceed five percent of the net proceeds for such license period. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to the net proceeds from the sale of bell jar tickets. No fee shall be required where the net proceeds or net profits derived from the conduct of a raffle or raffles are less than thirty thousand dollars during any one occasion.

S 195-g. Examination of books and records; examination of officers and employees; disclosure of information. The clerk or department and the board shall have power to examine or cause to be examined the books and records of:

1. Any authorized organization which is or has been licensed to conduct games of chance, so far as they may relate to games of chance including the maintenance, control and disposition of net proceeds derived from games of chance or from the use of its premises for games of chance, and to examine any manager, officer, director, agent, member or employee thereof under oath in relation to the conduct of any such game under any such license, the use of its premises for games of chance, or the disposition of net proceeds derived from games of chance, as the case may be.

2. Any authorized games of chance lessor so far as they may relate to leasing premises for games of chance and to examine said lessor or any manager, officer, director, agent or employee thereof under oath in relation to such leasing.
Any information so received shall not be disclosed except so far as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this article.

S 195-h. Appeals from the decision of an officer, clerk or department to board. Any applicant for, or holder of, any license issued or to be issued under this article aggrieved by any action of an officer, clerk or department, to which such application has been made or by which such license has been issued, may appeal to the board from the determination of said officer, clerk, or department by filing with such officer, clerk, or department a written notice of appeal within thirty days after the determination or action appealed from, and upon the hearing of such appeal, the evidence, if any, taken before such officer, clerk, or department and any additional evidence may be produced and shall be considered in arriving at a determination of the matters in issue, and the action of the board upon said appeal shall be binding upon such officer, clerk, or department and all parties to said appeal.

S 195-i. Exemption from prosecution. No person, firm, partnership, corporation or organization lawfully conducting, or participating in the conduct of games of chance or permitting the conduct upon any premises owned or leased by him or it under any license lawfully issued pursuant to this article, shall be liable to prosecution or conviction for violation of any provision of article two hundred twenty-five of the penal law or any other law or ordinance to the extent that such conduct is specifically authorized by this article, but this immunity shall not extend to any person or corporation knowingly conducting or participating in the conduct of games of chance under any license obtained by any false pretense or by any false statement made in any application for license or otherwise, or permitting the conduct upon any premises owned or leased by him or it of any game of chance conducted under any license known to him or it to have been obtained by any such false pretense or statement.

S 195-j. Offenses; forfeiture of license; ineligibility to apply for license . Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or organization who or which shall:

(1) make any material false statement in any application for any license authorized to be issued under this article;

(2) pay or receive, for the use of any premises for conducting games of chance, a rental in excess of the amount specified as the permissible rent in the license provided for in subdivision two of section one hundred ninety-three of this article;

(3) fail to keep such books and records as shall fully and truly record all transactions connected with the conducting of games of chance or the leasing of premises to be used for the conduct of games of chance;

(4) falsify or make any false entry in any books or records so far as they relate in any manner to the conduct of games of chance, to the disposition of the proceeds thereof and to the application of the rents received by any authorized organization;

(5) divert or pay any portion of the net proceeds of any game of chance to any person, firm, partnership, corporation, except in furtherance of one or more of the lawful purposes defined in this article; shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall forfeit any license issued under this article and be ineligible to apply for a license under this article for at least one year thereafter.

S 195-k. Unlawful games of chance.

1. Any person, association, corporation or organization holding, operating, or conducting a game or games of chance is guilty of a misdemeanor, except when operating, holding or conducting:

(a) In accordance with a valid license issued pursuant to this article or

(b) On behalf of a bona fide organization of persons sixty years of age or over, commonly referred to as senior citizens, solely for the purpose of amusement and recreation of its members where

(i) the organization has applied for and received an identification number from the board,

(ii) no player or other person furnishes anything of value for the opportunity to participate,

(iii) the prizes awarded or to be awarded are nominal,

(iv) no person other than a bona fide active member of the organization 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.
or

(c) A raffle pursuant to section one hundred ninety-a of this article.

2. The provisions of this section shall apply to all municipalities within this state, including those municipalities where this article is inoperative.

S 195-l. Article inoperative until adopted by voters . Except as provided in section one hundred ninety-five-k of this article, the provisions of this article shall remain inoperative in any municipality unless and until a proposition therefor submitted at a general or special election in such municipality shall be approved by a vote of the majority of the qualified electors in such municipality voting thereon.

S 195-m. Amendment and repeal of local laws and ordinances. Any such local law or ordinance may be amended, from time to time, or repealed by the common council or other local legislative body of the municipality which enacted it by a two-thirds vote of such legislative body and such amendment or repeal, as the case may be, may be made effective and operative not earlier than thirty days following the date of enactment of the local law or ordinance effecting such amendment or repeal, as the case may be; and the approval of a majority of the electors of such municipality shall not be a condition prerequisite to the taking effect of such local law or ordinance.

S 195-n. Manufacturers of bell jars; reports and records.

1. Distribution; manufacturers . For business conducted in this state, manufacturers licensed by the board to sell bell jar tickets shall sell only such tickets to distributors licensed by the board. Manufacturers of bell jar tickets, seal cards, merchandise boards, and coin boards may submit samples, artists` renderings, or color photocopies of proposed bell jar tickets, seal cards, merchandise boards, coin boards, payout cards, and flares for review and approval by the board. Within thirty days of receipt of such sample or rendering, the board shall approve or deny such bell jar tickets. Following approval of a rendering of a bell jar ticket, seal card, merchandise board, or coin board by the board, the manufacturer shall submit to the board a sample of the printed bell jar ticket, seal card, merchandise board, coin board, payout card, and flare for such game. Such sample shall be submitted prior to the sale of the game to any licensed distributor for resale in this state. For coin boards and merchandise boards, nothing herein shall require the submittal of actual coins or merchandise as part of the approval process. Any licensed manufacturer who willfully violates the provisions of this section shall: (a) upon such first offense, have their license suspended for a period of thirty days; (b) upon such second offense, participate in a hearing to be conducted by the board, and surrender their license for such period as recommended by the board; and (c) upon such third or subsequent offense, have their license suspended for a period of one year and shall be guilty of a class E felony. Any unlicensed manufacturer who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a class E felony.

2. Bar codes. The manufacturer shall affix to the flare of each bell jar game a bar code that provides all information prescribed by the board and shall require that the bar code include the serial number of the game the flare describes. A manufacturer shall also affix to the outside of the container or wrapping containing a deal of bell jar tickets a bar code providing all information prescribed by the board and containing the same information as the bar code affixed to the flare.

The board may also prescribe additional bar code requirements. No person may alter the bar code that appears on the flare or on the outside of the container or wrapping containing a deal of bell jar tickets.
Possession of a deal of bell jar tickets that has a bar code different from the serial number of the deal inside the container or wrapping as evidenced on the flare is prima facie evidence that the possessor has altered the bar code on the container or wrapping.

3. Bell jar flares. (a) A manufacturer shall not ship or cause to be shipped into this state any deal of bell jar tickets that does not have its own individual flare as required for that deal by rule of the board.

A person other than a licensed manufacturer shall not manufacture, alter, modify, or otherwise change a flare for a deal of bell jar tickets except as authorized by this article or rules and regulations promulgated by the board.

(b) The flare for each deal of bell jar tickets sold by a manufacturer in this state shall be placed inside the wrapping of the deal which the flare describes.

(c) The bar code affixed to the flare of each bell jar game shall bear the serial number of such game as prescribed by the board.

(d) The flare of each bell jar game shall have affixed a bar code that provides: (1) the game code; (2) the serial number of the game; (3) the name of the manufacturer; and (4) other information the board by rule may require. The serial number included on the bar code shall be the same as the serial number of the tickets included in the deal. A manufacturer who manufactures a deal of bell jar tickets shall affix to the outside of the container or wrapping containing the bell jar tickets the same bar code that is affixed to the flare for that deal.

(e) No person shall alter the bar code that appears on the outside of a container or wrapping containing a deal of bell jar tickets.

Possession of a deal of bell jars that has a bar code different from the bar code of the deal inside the container or wrapping is prima facie evidence that the possessor has altered the bar code on the box.

4. Reports of sales. A manufacturer who sells bell jar tickets for resale in this state shall file with the board, on a form prescribed by the board, a report of all bell jar tickets sold to distributors in the state. The report shall be filed quarterly on or before the twentieth day of the month succeeding the end of the quarter in which the sale was made. The board may require that the report be submitted via magnetic media or electronic data transfer.

5. Inspection. The board may inspect the premises, books, records, and inventory of a manufacturer without notice during the normal business hours of the manufacturer.

S 195-o. Distributor of bell jars; reports and records.

1. Distribution; distributors. Any distributor licensed in accordance with section one hundred eighty-nine-a of this article to distribute bell jar tickets shall purchase bell jar tickets only from licensed manufacturers and may manufacture coin boards and merchandise boards only as authorized in subdivision one-a of this section. Licensed distributors of bell jar tickets shall sell such tickets only to not-for-profit, charitable or religious organizations registered by the board. Any licensed distributor who willfully violates the provisions of this section shall: (a) upon such first offense, have their license suspended for a period of thirty days; (b) upon such second offense, participate in a hearing to be conducted by the board, and surrender their license for such period as recommended by the board; and (c) upon such third or subsequent offense, have their license suspended for a period of one year and shall be guilty of a class E felony. Any unlicensed distributor who violates this section shall be guilty of a class E felony.

1-a. Coin boards and merchandise boards. Distributors of bell jar tickets may manufacture coin boards and merchandise boards only if such boards have been approved by the board and have a bar code affixed to them setting forth all information required by the board. Except that for coin boards and merchandise boards, delineation of the prize or prize value need not be included on the game ticket sold in conjunction with a coin board or merchandise board. In lieu of such requirement, the distributor shall be required to disclose the prize levels and the number of winners at each level and shall print clearly on the game ticket that a ticket holder may obtain the prize and prize value for each prize level by referencing the flare. Such coin boards shall only be sold by licensed distributors to licensed authorized organizations registered by the board in accordance with the provisions of this article.

2. Business records. A distributor shall keep at each place of business complete and accurate records for that place of business, including itemized invoices of bell jar tickets held and purchased. The records must show the names and addresses of purchasers, the inventory at the close of each period for which a return is required, all bell jar tickets on hand, and other pertinent papers and documents relating to the purchase, sale, or disposition of bell jar tickets as may be required by the board. Books, records, itemized invoices, and other papers and documents required by this section shall be kept for a period of at least four years after the date of the documents, or the date of the entries appearing in the records, unless the board authorizes in writing their destruction or disposal at an earlier date. A person who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

3. Sales records. A distributor shall maintain a record of all bell jar tickets that it sells. The record shall include, but need not be limited to:

(a) the identity of the manufacturer from whom the distributor purchased the product;

(b) the serial number of the product;

(c) the name, address, and license or exempt permit number of the organization or person to which the sale was made;

(d) the date of the sale;

(e) the name of the person who ordered the product;

(f) the name of the person who received the product;

(g) the type of product;

(h) the serial number of the product;

(i) the account number identifying the sale from the manufacturer to distributor and the account number identifying the sale from the distributor to the licensed organization; and

(j) the name, form number, or other identifying information for each game.

4. Invoices. A distributor shall supply with each sale of a bell jar product an itemized invoice showing the distributor`s name and address, the purchaser`s name, address, and license number, the date of the sale, the account number identifying the sale from the manufacturer to distributor and the account number identifying the sale from the distributor to the licensed organization, and the description of the deals, including the form number, the serial number and the ideal gross from every deal of bell jar or similar game.

5. Reports. A distributor shall report quarterly to the board, on a form prescribed by the board, its sales of each type of bell jar deal or tickets. This report shall be filed quarterly on or before the twentieth day of the month succeeding the end of the quarter in which the sale was made. The board may require that a distributor submit the quarterly report and invoices required by this section via magnetic media or electronic data transfer.

6. The board may inspect the premises, books, records, and inventory of a distributor without notice during the normal business hours of the distributor.

7. Certified physical inventory . The board may, upon request, require a distributor to furnish a certified physical inventory of all bell jar tickets in stock. The inventory shall contain the information requested by the board.

S 195-p. Transfer restrictions. Not-for-profit, charitable or religious organizations authorized to sell bell jar tickets in accordance with this article shall purchase bell jar tickets only from distributors licensed by the board. No not-for-profit, charitable, or religious organization shall sell, donate, or otherwise transfer bell jar tickets to any other not-for-profit, charitable or religious organization.

S 195-q. Bell jar compliance and enforcement. In the case of bell jars, the licensee, upon filing financial statements of bell jar operations, shall also tender to the board a sum in the amount of five percent of the net proceeds as defined in this paragraph, from the sale of bell jar tickets, seal cards, merchandise board, and coin boards, if any, for that portion of license period covered by such statement. For the purposes of this section, “net proceeds” shall mean the difference between the ideal handle from the sale of bell jar tickets, seal cards, merchandise boards, and coin boards less the amount of money paid out in prizes and less the purchase price of the bell jar deal, seal card deal, merchandise board deal, or coin board deal. Additionally, a credit shall be permitted against the net proceeds fee tendered to the board for unsold tickets of the bell jar deal as long as the unsold tickets have the same serial number as the tickets for which the fee is rendered.

Such unsold tickets must be kept on file by the selling organization for inspection by the board for a period of one year following the date upon which the relevant financial statement was received by the board.

1. One-half of one percent of such fee received from authorized volunteer fire companies shall be paid to the New York state emergency services revolving loan account established pursuant to section ninety-seven-pp of the state finance law.

2. The racing and wagering board shall submit to the director of the division of the budget an annual plan that details the amount of money the racing and wagering board deems necessary to maintain operations, compliance and enforcement of the provisions of this article and the collection of the license fee authorized by this section. Contingent upon the approval of the director of the division of the budget, the racing and wagering board shall pay into an account, to be known as the bell jar collection account, under the joint custody of the comptroller and the board, the total amount of license fees collected pursuant to this section. With the approval of the director of the division of the budget, monies to be utilized to maintain the operations necessary to enforce the provisions of this article and the collection of the license fee imposed by this section shall be paid out of such account on the audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the director of the division of the budget or his duly designated official. Those monies that are not utilized to maintain operations necessary to enforce the provisions of this article and the collection of the license fee authorized by this section shall be paid out of such amount on the audit and warrant of the state comptroller and shall be credited to the general fund.

S 195-r. Severability. If any provision of this article or the application thereof to any municipality, person or circumstances shall be adjudged unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this article or the application thereof to other municipalities, persons and circumstances shall not be affected thereby, and the legislature hereby declares that it would have enacted this article without the invalid provision or application, as the case may be, had such invalidity been apparent.

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