Bill Summary for H 511 (2017-2018)

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Mar 28 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 511 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 28, 2017
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO OPERATE "GAME NIGHTS," TO PROVIDE FOR THE REGULATION OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS HOLDING "GAME NIGHTS," AND TO ALLOW THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT "GAME NIGHTS," TO INCREASE THE ABILITY OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO HOLD FUND-RAISING RAFFLES AND TO AUTHORIZE REISSUANCE OF CERTAIN ONE-TIME ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL COMMISSION PERMITS.
Intro. by Boles, Lucas, Saine, Floyd.

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Enacts Part 4 in Article 37 of GS Chapter 14 authorizing and regulating "game nights" held by nonprofit organizations. A nonprofit organization operating a game night must first obtain a permit by submitting an application with complete information including a $250 fee to 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 night events 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 night regulations 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.

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