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Helping bingo halls survive

Published (7/15/2011)
By Nick Busse
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A change to the state’s charitable gambling laws is meant to help bingo halls survive an era of shrinking revenues.

Sponsored by Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-Rochester) and Sen. David Senjem (R-Rochester), a new law lowers the minimum percentage of gross profits that bingo halls must pay to charities. Effective May 25, 2011, the minimum requirement is lowered from 30 percent to 20 percent.

Supporters say the state’s dwindling number of bingo halls have experienced a decline in business, and risked shuttering permanently under the old requirement. The change would not apply to other forms of charitable gambling like pull tabs.

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