Some Local Bingo Games Starting Before Law is Authorized

MARCH 7, 2007 - Posted at 3:22 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - Some bingo games have gotten started in Arkansas before the Legislature has finished the wording on a law to make the games legal.

Two charitable groups in the Jonesboro area have opened their doors and are conducting bingo games.  One is offering a pull-tab game that may qualify as a raffle.

Second District Prosecutor Brent Davis says it is not yet legal to conduct the games.  Voters approved legal bingo and raffles in a vote last November, but the Legislature hasn't yet approved a bill that sets the rules for how the games are to be operated.

Davis says that "in a perfect world" groups would wait to start conducting the games.  But he says there appears to be little point in prosecuting people for doing something that will be legal in a couple of months.

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