In The News: Lawmakers Push Ban On Electronic Bingo
The state budget crawl drags on, but on some things the Legislature can still hustle.
Lawmakers are moving fast on a bill that would help gaming tribes, churches and some big nonprofit groups, but smaller bingo charities fear it will dry up their fundraising lifeblood.
The bill, SB1369, would ban electronic bingo games that a growing number of charities now operate in murky legal waters, games that casino tribes say violate their statewide monopoly on slot machines. In exchange, charities could link multiple facilities across California for weekly paper bingo games that could generate what one backer described as "life-altering prizes." Some say those prizes could exceed $100,000, compared with the $250 top prize per game state law now permits.
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