BingoLawmakers in Wyoming have drafted a bill that would outlaw electronic bingo.
The Legislature’s Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee has voted 8-6 to sponsor the bill during this winter’s legislative session.
It would crack down on bingo that’s played by computer instead of the old-fashioned way, where balls with numbers are drawn.
Although most forms of gambling are illegal in Wyoming, lawmakers in the 1970s exempted several activities from the definition of gambling, including ”raffles or bingo conducted, or pull-tabs sold, by charitable organizations where the tickets for the raffle or bingo are sold in this state.”
Senior assistant attorney general Terry Armitage told committee members it has been up to lawmakers to decide if electronic bingo is a gambling device that is prohibited under state law or a modern convenience for bingo players and a natural evolution of the game.
But getting rid of electronic bingo would cut deeply into fund-raising by nonprofits, bingo parlor owners say, and could cause the demise of many charities.
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