Charitable Bingo News Archive

2016

The Charitable Bingo Operations Division (CBOD) in coordination with bingo industry stakeholders, formed a bingo stakeholder's workgroup to review and provide input on potential changes to the Bingo Administrative Rules (BAR). This workgroup began meeting in January and at the April 14, 2016 open meeting of the Texas Lottery Commission (TLC), the Commission voted to propose a new rule and amendments to 16 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 402. A public comment hearing was held on May 11, 2016 to address the proposed new rule and amendments to current rules. As a final step in this rulemaking process, at the July 11, 2016 open meeting of the TLC, the Commission voted to adopt the new rule and amendments which became effective August 1, 2016. The new rule and amendments align with statutory provisions, streamline regulation, and promote efficiency while at the same time removed obsolete requirements in the conduct and operation of bingo. The BAR can be found at http://www.txbingo.org/export/sites/bingo/About_Us/Regulations_x_Statutes/index.html.


At the July 11, 2016 open meeting of the Texas Lottery Commission, the Commission voted to adopt rule amendments and one new rule.  These are listed below.

These rule adoptions were the result of the agency’s required review of its administrative rules relating to the regulation of charitable bingo, and several stakeholder meetings between Commission staff and various representatives of the bingo community.  There was a 30-day public comment period which began on April 29, 2016, in which interested persons were afforded the opportunity to provide written comments on the proposed rules.  In addition, a public comment hearing on these proposals was held on May 11, 2016, at 10:00a.m., at the Commission’s headquarters located at 611 E. 6th Street, Austin Texas.  The adopted rules will be published in the Texas Register in its July 29th issue.

The following rules were adopted: 16 TAC §§402.103 (Training Program), 402.200 (General Restrictions on the Conduct of Bingo), 402.203 (Unit Accounting), 402.205 (Unit Agreements), 402.210 (House Rules), 402.300 (Pull-Tab Bingo), 402.301 (Bingo Card/Paper), 402.303 (Pull-tab or Instant Bingo Dispensers), 402.324 (Card-Minding Systems -- Approval of Card-Minding Systems), 402.325 (Card-Minding Systems – Licensed Authorized Organizations Requirements), 402.400 (General Licensing Provisions), 402.404 (License and Registry Fees), 402.407 (Unit Manager), 402.411 (License Renewal), 402.420 (Qualifications and Requirements for Conductor’s License), 402.424 (Amendment of a License by Electronic Mail, Telephone or Facsimile), 402.451 (Operating Capital), 402.500 (General Records Requirement), 402.504 (Debit Card Transactions), 402.506 (Disbursement Records Requirements), 402.511 (Required Inventory Records), 402.514 (Electronic Fund Transfers), 402.600 (Bingo Reports and Payments), 402.602 (Waiver of Penalty, Settlement of Prize Fees, Rental Tax, Penalty and/or Interest), 402.603 (Bond or Other Security), 402.703 (Audit Policy), 402.706 (Schedule of Sanctions), 402.707 (Expedited Administrative Penalty Guideline), and 402.708 (Dispute Resolution); and new rule §402.413 (Military Service Members, Military Veterans, and Military Spouses).

At the April 14, 2016 open meeting of the Texas Lottery Commission, the Commission voted to initiate the formal rulemaking process for the proposed rule amendments and one proposed new rule listed below.

These proposed rules are a result of the agency’s required review of its administrative rules relating to the regulation of charitable bingo.  There is a 30-day public comment period beginning April 29, in which interested persons may provide written comments on the proposed rules.  In addition, a public comment hearing on these proposals is scheduled for May 11, 2015, at 10:00a.m., at the Commission’s headquarters located at 611 E. 6th Street, Austin Texas.  The proposals regarding the following rule changes and one new rule will be published in the Texas Register in its April 29th issue:

16 TAC §§402.103 (Training Program), 402.200 (General Restrictions on the Conduct of Bingo), 402.203 (Unit Accounting), 402.205 (Unit Agreements), 402.210 (House Rules), 402.300 (Pull-Tab Bingo), 402.301 (Bingo Card/Paper), 402.303 (Pull-tab or Instant Bingo Dispensers), 402.324 (Card-Minding Systems -- Approval of Card-Minding Systems), 402.325 (Card-Minding Systems – Licensed Authorized Organization Requirements), 402.400 (General Licensing Provisions), 402.404 (License and Registry Fees), 402.407 (Unit Manager), 402.411 (License Renewal), 402.420 (Qualifications and Requirements for Conductor License), 402.424 (Amendment of a License by Telephone or Facsimile), 402.451 (Operating Capital), 402.500 (General Record Requirement), 402.504 (Debit Card Transactions), 402.506 (Disbursement Records Requirements), 402.511 (Required Inventory Records), 402.514 (Electronic Fund Transfers), 402.600 (Bingo Reports and Payments), 402.602 (Waiver of Penalty, Settlement of Prize Fees, Rental Tax, Penalty and/or Interest), 402.603 (Bond or Other Security), 402.703 (Audit Policy), 402.706 (Standard Administrative Penalty Guideline), 402.707 (Expedited Administrative Penalty Guideline), and 402.708 (Dispute Resolution); and on new §402.413 (Military Service Members, Military Veterans, and Military Spouses

2015


Pursuant to §53.025 and §2001.0541 of the Texas Occupations Code, and §402.702(l) of the Charitable Bingo Administrative Rules, guidelines regarding the consequences of a licensee’s, registered bingo worker’s, or applicant’s criminal conviction(s) have been issued. These guidelines were posted to the Texas Register on January 30, 2015.


At the February 5, 2015 open meeting the Texas Lottery Commission adopted amendments to 16 Tex. Admin. Code §§ 402.400 (General Licensing Provisions), 402.401 (Temporary License), 402.404 (License and Registry Fees), 402.410 (Amendment of a License – General Provisions), 402.411 (License Renewal), and 402.412 (Signature Requirements); and on new Tex. Admin. Code § 402.104 (Delinquent Obligations)See attached.The primary purpose of the amendments is to ensure the proper development and implementation of the new Bingo Operating Service System, and align those rules and various Charitable Bingo division business processes and procedures with applicable statutes and generally accepted accounting principles. The amendments address among other things, the crediting and refunding of license fee payments, the use of escrow accounts, and the placement of licenses in administrative hold. Further, the new rule entitled “Delinquent Obligations” establishes procedures for collecting delinquent bingo obligations owed to the Commission.

2014

Notice of Additional Comment Period and Public Comment Hearing on Proposed Amendments - August 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

§§402.321, .322, .323 and .325

Attorney General Opinion GA-1065 Issued – June 9, 2014

On December 11, 2013, Chairman J. Winston Krause requested an opinion from the Attorney General on whether the Texas Lottery Commission may deny or revoke a bingo-related license for a non-individual entity based on the criminal history of an individual associated with that entity, such as an officer or director of a corporation, for an offense that is not explicitly listed as a disqualifying offense in the Bingo Enabling Act. On June 9, 2014, the Attorney General issued opinion GA-1065, which states in part that the “Legislature has chosen not to give the Commission the authority to revoke or deny an entity its license for the conviction of an individual required to be listed in the entity’s application for an offense other than gambling, a gambling-related offense, or criminal fraud.” Attorney General Opinion GA-1065


2013

Fee Notice to Licensees

On December 11, 2013, the Texas Lottery Commission (Commission) voted to adopt amendments to 16 TAC §402.400 General Licensing Provisions, 402.404 License and Registry Fees, and 402.410 Amendment of a License – General Provisions. The amendments to §402.404 will become effective on December 31, 2013. The amendments to §402.400 and §402.410 will become effective on January 1, 2014.

The adopted amendments to §402.400 increase the fee a bingo conductor must pay when requesting a determination of eligibility status from the Commission. The previous fee of $100 has been raised to $132 so that it continues to match the fee for the lowest class of bingo conductor licenses. The fee for the lowest class of bingo conductor licenses was raised from $100 to $132 in a previous amendment to §402.404.

The adopted amendments to §402.404(d) increase the fee a bingo conductor must pay when requesting to renew a license in administrative hold, while the adopted amendments to §402.404(e)(2)(B) increase the fee a bingo conductor must pay for the second year of a two-year license that is in administrative hold. The previous fees of $100 have been raised to $132 so that they continue to match the fee for the lowest class of bingo conductor licenses. The fee increase for bingo conductor licenses was recommended by the Sunset Advisory Commission, and the 83rd Legislature made certain funding for the Commission contingent on the Commission increasing fee rates.

Previously, under § 2001.306 of the Texas Occupations Code, the fee to amend a license issued under the Bingo Enabling Act was $10. With the passage of H.B. 2197, § 2001.306 now requires the Commission to set the amount of a fee to amend a license issued under the Bingo Enabling Act. The adopted amendment to §402.410 keep the license amendment fee at $10.

Pursuant to section 6.16, article IX of the 2014-2015 General Appropriations Act, the Commission hereby gives notice to the payers of the fees described above that those fee rates have been set by the Commission and not mandated by the Legislature.

Attorney General Opinion Requested – Briefs Due January 3, 2014

On December 11, 2013, Chairman J. Winston Krause requested an opinion from the Attorney General on whether the Texas Lottery Commission may deny or revoke a bingo-related license for a non-individual entity based on the criminal history of an individual associated with that entity, such as an officer or director of a corporation, for an offense that is not explicitly listed as a disqualifying offense in the Bingo Enabling Act. The Attorney General’s Office has designated the request as No. 1173-GA and provided that interested parties may submit briefs by January 3, 2014. AG Response to Request for Attorney General Opinion

Electronic Filing for Quarterly Reports Available

Since the first quarter of 2006, conductors, conductors who also hold lessor licenses, accounting units, and lessors have the ability to complete and file quarterly reports electronically. As of May 2013, 53 conductor organizations, 21 units, and 24 lessors had opted to file their quarterly reports electronically. The electronic versions of the quarterly reports with incorporated schedules are located on our website in the Forms and Applications section.

The Automated Forms Manual has been enhanced and provides the user with the option of filing the quarterly report electronically or submitting a printed copy of the report to the Commission. If the Automated Forms Manual is used, only five fields have to be entered manually, they are: Line 14, Rent Income Received, Line 15, Approved Loans, Line 16, Bingo Interest Earned, Line 17, Merchandise Prizes Donated, and Line 36, Previous Proceeds Undistributed. Using the Automated Forms Manual will simplify the process of record keeping and the generation and filing of quarterly reports.

For the organizations that do not wish to use the Automated Forms Manual, quarterly reports can be completed and filed electronically simply by using the electronic version of the quarterly report that is available in Excel format. The only difference is that data must be entered manually, but the required calculations will be generated automatically.

Licensees are not required to file electronically.

Upon completion of the electronic quarterly report and incorporated schedules, the documents should be e-mailed to the Commission at mailto:bingo.services@lottery.state.tx.us. After the electronic quarterly report is completed the system will generate a payment coupon for conductors, conductor/lessors, and accounting units. Payment coupons are not generated for lessors—t he Texas Bingo Lessor’s Quarterly Report serves as a payment coupon for lessors. The payment coupon or Texas Bingo Lessor’s Quarterly Report must be printed and submitted with payment to the Commission.

Electronically filed quarterly reports and schedules, payment coupons and payment of prize fee and/or rental tax must be filed on or before the 25th day of the month following the end of the calendar quarter to be considered timely paid.

We hope you find the electronic versions of the quarterly reports and Automated Forms Manual convenient and time saving. If you have any questions regarding this process please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.


2010-2012

Bingo Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Available

The Charitable Bingo Operations Division has placed on our website video and audio Public Service Announcements for Charitable Bingo in Texas. Please share with media representatives in your area.

Click here to view the Public Service Announcements.

Use the Bingo Services Center to find a variety bingo information!

Did you know:

  • Using the Bingo Hall Locator, you can search for and locate bingo games and bingo halls by city, county, zip code, licensed organization name, playing location name and days of the week? Additionally, the Bingo Hall Locator has a mapping feature which provides a handy map and driving directions to the playing location selected.
  • Using the Statewide Financial Reports, you can find a variety of commonly-requested reports and information on quarterly reports, registered bingo workers, average attendance and conductor location/addresses?
  • Using the Bingo Services Center, individuals associated with an active bingo license, may log-on and access detailed information about their bingo license(s) such as the status of pending applications, escrow account information, active individuals associated with the license and current bond information?

If you have not use the features of the Bingo Services Center, visit our website and try it today! If you have questions or need assistance, please call us at 1-800-246-4677, Select #1 for the Charitable Bingo Division, then select #6 to get assistance with any feature of the Bingo Services Center.

New Bingo Services Center Enhancements!

The Bingo Services Center Conductor Quarterly Report and Unit Quarterly Report have been enhanced to now display the organization’s or unit’s operating capital for the quarter and their next period charitable obligations. This information is available only from the 1 st Quarter 2010 and forward and only displayed if a specific quarter is selected in lieu of a range of quarters.

Conductor Quarterly Report and Unit Quarterly Report are accessible from the Financial menu which requires the person to subscribe to the BSC. Once subscribed, they may only see the information for the organizations they are associated with.

FAILURE TO FILE ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY!

Bingo licensees (conductor, lessor, distributor and manufacturers) are reminded of provisions in the revised Administrative Rule §402.600 Bingo Reports, effective July 5, 2010, which provides for an administrative penalty, for licensees that are required to file a quarterly report and fail to do so by the due date. Please refer to Administrative Rule §402.600(i) for more information.

ShareShare on your favorite social network