Eligibility to Conduct Remote Caller Bingo
If a city or county wishes to authorize the use of bingo card-minding devices by organizations conducting traditional bingo and remote caller bingo, what should the local ordinance include?
The local ordinance should reflect the requirements of state law applying to bingo card-minding devices as stated in Penal Code Section 326.5(p).
Organization Eligibility to Conduct Remote Caller Bingo
Which nonprofit organizations are eligible to conduct remote caller bingo?
In order to be eligible to conduct remote caller bingo nonprofit organizations must meet the requirements described in Penal Code Section 326.3(b)(1), which should be reviewed for specific information. The following is a partial summary of these legal provisions:
- a mobile home park association
- a senior citizens organization
- a charitable organization affiliated with a school district
- An organization that is exempted from the payment of the bank and corporation tax by the Revenue and Taxation (R&T) Code:
- a labor, agricultural or horticultural organization (R&T Code sec. 23701a)
- a fraternal order (R&T Code sec. 23701b)
- a corporation, community chest or trust, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educations purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition, etc. (R&T Code sec. 23701d)
- a business league, chamber of commerce, real estate board, or board of trade (R&T Code sec. 23701e)
- a social organization (R&T Code sec. 23701g)
- religious or apostolic corporations (R&T Code sec. 23701k)
- a domestic fraternal society (R&T Code sec. 23701l)
- a veterans organization (R&T Code 23701w)
Nonprofit organizations that meet the requirements indicated above must also satisfy the following pursuant to Penal Code section 326.3(b) (2)-(5):
- The organization must have been in existence for three years or more;
- The organization must be licensed by the local jurisdiction (city or county);
- Receipts of the game must be used only for charitable purposes; and
- Operation of bingo may not be the primary purpose for which the organization is formed.
Our organization is eligible to conduct remote caller bingo. How does our organization become recognized by the California Gambling Control Commission as being eligible?
In order for the California Gambling Control Commission (Commission) to recognize an organization as being eligible to conduct remote caller bingo, the highest ranking officer of the organization must submit a Statement of Eligibility to Conduct Remote Caller Bingo, CGCC-618 (New 03/09) to the Commission. The Commission will review the statement and schedule it for consideration at a noticed meeting.