AG McDaniel Says Private Interests Can't Run Charity Bingo, Raffles

FEBRUARY 8, 2007 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says outside organizations cannot be paid to manage charitable bingo and raffle games that were authorized in Arkansas by voter approval of a constitutional amendment in November.

An attorney general's opinion released Wednesday addresses one concern voiced by opponents of the amendment ...that it would allow private gambling interests to run the games on behalf of charities.

State Senator Steve Faris, a sponsor of a bill enabling the games, said the opinion provides the Legislature the legal framework needed to allow the games starting in July.

Faris said the attorney general's opinion made it that clear private interests couldn't manage the games. He said several organizations that run large bingo halls in other states had been making calls to Arkansas charities, saying their management would increase profits for the future games.

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