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More time for bingo in nursing homes passes House

Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) noted that probably the most important provision of a bill that he sponsors to largely clarify and simplify statutes related to gambling is that it “allows for extended hours for bingo in nursing homes.”

Passed by the House 130-0 Thursday, HF948/SF634* moves to the governor for action. With Sen. Bev Scalze (DFL-Little Canada) as the sponsor, it was passed by the Senate 58-0 May 7.

The bill would also:

  • clarify licensing for organizations sponsoring gambling events;
  • modify the definition of “gambling equipment” to add software and programs that support electronic pull-tabs and electronic bingo games;
  • permit the prize for a progressive linked bingo game to start at any amount up to $500, and that it can be increased by up to $100 for each game or occasion;
  • modify the locations where bar bingo can be conducted lawfully; and
  • permit nursing homes, senior citizen housing projects or senior citizen organizations, to conduct bingo more than two times each week.

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