Colorado Bingo-Raffle Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

Date: April 9, 2008
Location: Secretary of State’s Office, Blue Spruce Conference Room, 1700 Broadway, Denver, Colorado
Members Present: Dan Gincig, Don Kuzina, David Esses, Austin Gomes, Daniel Toussaint, Nick Pizzuti
Members Absent: Julia Eddy
Secretary of State Officials Present: Andrew Whitfield, Rudy Johnson, Patrick Ryan, Norm Adams, Darleen Chacon, Shannon Bee

Meeting was called to order at 10:05 A.M.

The Pledge of Allegiance was conducted.

A motion was made by Daniel Toussaint to approve the March 12, 2008 minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Austin Gomes and approved by unanimous vote of the Board.

Daniel Gincig stated that the meeting was called to look at the new proposed rules which were put together due to the passage of HB 08-1273.

Andrew Whitfield stated there were three types of rules to be considered, those proposed due to changes in the law, those proposed due to recommendations by the Board, and those proposed from the Secretary of State’s office.

Changes to Rule 4 came from passage of the Bill, allowing the number of games conducted per year to be increased. The amendment would allow up to 208 games per year, or 4 per week. The Board asked if this number could be changed to 216 to allow for the few months that had 5 instead of 4 weeks. Mr. Whitfield said the office would take this under consideration.

Changes to Rule 5 came from requests from the Board to not have to retain conceal face cards for 3 months. This language was eliminated from the Rule. Don Kuzina asked that “conspicuously identified” be removed from Rule 5, Section C, Subsection 1, as this language is redundant.

Changes to Rule 6 came from the Secretary of State’s office, and adds language for display of all last sale pulltabs for sale, and reporting requirements for last sale. Mr. Kuzina felt that trying to have all last sale pulltabs out at once, especially for large deals, would be prohibitive. Mr. Toussaint and Chairman Gincig felt that all last sale pulltabs should be put out for sale at once. Mr. Kuzina felt this would also be prohibitive to groups which sell pulltabs by machine in that there would be no way to load all pulltabs from a large deal into the machine. Mr. Gincig suggested making 2 rules, one for groups that have machines and one for those that don’t. David Esses suggested that groups which had machines could post that there were additional pulltabs from a last sale deal still out of the machine. Chairman Gincig also felt that the two new provision for reporting last sale pulltabs was a problem. He felt groups didn’t need to have more paperwork to do for bingo. Rudy Johnson stated that the paperwork is for checks and balances, as there currently is no record keeping procedure for last sale pulltab winners.

Changes to Rule 7 came from suggestions by the Board to have the “catch-up” feature be allowed on electronic bingo aid devices.

Changes to Rule 8 came from passage of the Bill, and would allow for cash prizes for promotions conducted by licensees.

Changes to Rule 9 came from the Secretary of State’s office, and changes the word “automobile” to “motor vehicle” to allow for groups that give away motorcycles as a raffle prize.

Changes to Rule 13 came from passage of the Bill, and would allow for cash prizes for promotions conducted by landlords.

Mr. Whitfield commented that we will try to adopt these proposed rules by emergency by the end of this week. The office will also schedule to have another rule making hearing, where any other additional changed that the Board or the licensee’s would like to see would be considered.

It was decided the next meeting would be June 11, 2008 at 10:00 AM at the Secretary of State’s office, Blue Spruce Conference Room.

Karen Shield, of Boys Club of Greeley, commented that she would like to eventually see the Constitution and law changed to allow groups that have been in existence for 3 or more years, instead of the current 5 or more years, able to apply for a license.

Mr. Esses moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Mr. Kuzina and approved by the Board.

Meeting adjourned at 10:55 A.M.