Full Senate Approves Structure for Allowing Bingo, Raffles

MARCH 13, 2007 - Posted at 7:37 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Senate has approved a bill that sets up the rules for established charities in Arkansas to conduct charity bingo and raffle games.

Senators voted 24-to-0 yesterday to approve the measure that would place a penny tax on bingo cards and a ten percent tax on the sale of other bingo equipment.  The bill now goes back to the House to examine the Senate amendments.

Voters in November overwhelmingly approved giving charities operating in Arkansas for more than five years the power to run the games.  Though the games have been illegal in the state, state officials licensed and taxed some bingo operators in the 90s.

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