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.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Changes the act's long title.
Amends GS 14-309.6 to define a nonprofit organization to mean an organization or association recognized by the Department of Revenue as tax-exempt pursuant to GS 105-130.11(a) or any bona fide branch, chapter, or affiliate of that organization. Makes conforming changes to GS 14-309.15.
Modifies and adds to GS 14-309.15 (Raffles). Adds new provision requiring that each regional or county chapter of a nonprofit organization be eligible to conduct raffles in accordance with the statute independently of its parent organization. Authorizes a nonprofit organization to hold no more than four raffles per year (was, limits nonprofit organizations to two raffles per year). Increases the maximum total cash prize that can be offered or paid by any nonprofit organization to $250,000 from $125,000. Makes conforming changes.
Amends GS 18B-308 (Sale and consumption at bingo games), removing raffles from the scope of the prohibition on the sale and consumption of alcohol under the statute.
Enacts GS 18B-903A, providing for reissuance of permits to a nonprofit organization that has received a limited special occasion permit pursuant to GS 18B-1001(9), or a special one-time permit pursuant to GS 18B-1002(a)(2) or (a)(5) within the preceding 18 months so long as the same individual representing the organization requests the reissuance of the permit for the same location. Details information required for reissuance, including the location and description of the event. Makes a reissued limited special occasion permit valid for 48 hours before and after the occasion for which the permit was issued and a reissued special one-time permit valid only for the period stated on the permit. Provides that the reissuance application fee is the same as the initial fee set out in GS 18B-902 and nonrefundable. Prohibits the Commission from investigating the applicant and the premises for which the reissuance is requested more than once every three years. Permits the Commission to request the assistance of local ABC officers in investigating applications. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to knowingly make a false statement in the application for a permit reissuance. Also makes knowingly making a false statement on the reissuance application grounds for denying, suspending, revoking, or taking other action against the permit provided in GS 18B-104. Effective December 1, 2017, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
Amends GS 18B-1002(a)(5), concerning special permits for local governments and nonprofit or political organizations to serve wine, malt beverages, and spirits at a ticketed fundraiser event. Adds a provision providing that the issuance of this permit allows nonprofit organizations to offer alcoholic beverages in the manufacturer's original closed container as a prize in a raffle or sell alcoholic beverages in the manufacturer's original closed container at auction at the ticketed event to allow the nonprofit organization to raise funds.
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