Bill Summaries: S395 (2017-2018 Session)

  • Summary date: Mar 27 2017 - View summary

    EnactsPart 4in Article 37of GS Chapter 14 authorizing and regulating "game nights" held by nonprofit organizations. A nonprofit organization operating a game nightmust first obtain a permit by submitting an application with complete information including a $250 feeto either the central office or district office of the Alcohol Law Enforcement Section of the Department of Public Safety. Nonprofit organizations are prohibited from operating more than four game nightevents per year and each event must not exceed 5 hours. Regulates the timing of the events and sets out other limitations on the games. Limits the costs of prizes and expenses to 50% of the event proceeds. Cash prizes are prohibited and prizes are required to be awarded by raffles. Games are limited to roulette, blackjack, poker, craps, simulated horse racing, and merchandise wheel of fortune. Violations of game nightregulations constitute gambling. Limits the applicability of the Part to areas of the state located east of I-26 as it was located on November 28, 2011. Does not prohibit an employer from holding an annual game night event for employees and guests or a trade association from holding an annual game night for its members and guests, so long as there is no charge to the attendees. Makes conforming changes. Effective October 1, 2017. If any portion of new Part 4 is held unconstitutional, or if the passage of new Part 4 would cause the State to forfeit payments due under a compact entered into between the State and a federally recognized Indian tribe, then new Part 4 is void.

    Repeals GS 72-6, requiring innkeepers to post copies of GS Chapter 72, Article 1, in guests' rooms and the innkeeper's office. Makes a conforming change to GS 72-7.1.

    Amends GS 130A-247 to redefinebed and breakfast home(now requiring bed and breakfast homes to include the price of breakfast, as opposed to any meals served, in the room rate) andbed and breakfast inn (authorizing them to serve, in addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or a combination of all or some of these three meals). Makes technical changes.

    Effective July 1, 2017, except as otherwise provided.