Date: October 19, 2011
Location: Secretary of
State’s Office, Blue Spruce Conference Room, 1700 Broadway, Denver, Colorado
Members Present: Bishop Dan
Gincig, Beau Williams, Austin Gomes
Members Absent: Jeanne
McEvoy, John Smith, Nick Pizzuti, Vera Craven, Tom Bednark
Secretary of State Officials Present: Mike Hardin, Sarah Steinbeck, Rudy Johnson, Patrick
Ryan, Shannon Bee
Meeting was called to
order at 10:04 A.M.
The Pledge of Allegiance
A motion was made by Austin
Gomes to approve the August 10, 2011 meeting minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Beau Williams and
approved by unanimous vote of the Board.
Secretary of State
Mike Hardin reported on
issues presented at the previous Board meeting.
First, he reported that the Secretary of State’s office is now sending
out e-mail notices to current bingo-raffle licensees through the Gov-delivery
system. This system could also be used
to send out other Board information.
Second, Mr. Hardin
commented on the $5,000 limit not being included in the recent rules
adoption. Our office received a request to
consider the new limit back in April 2010, but the issue was not re-introduced
in any of the recently passed rules. The
reason this issue was not put into the recent rules is likely due to the gap in
time between the request and when the rules were opened up a year later.
Third, the issue
concerning bingo fee increases and where the money is going was addressed. Mr. Hardin provided an outline of where funds
were/are being used. The increase in
fees was partially for IT improvements and partially to cover the operating
costs of the bingo-raffles program within the office.
Fourth, Mr. Hardin stated
that if the bingo community wishes to go from a 36 to 54 face maximum on
machines this year, they may want to consider going forward with legislation to
make that change.
Mr. Hardin discussed the
responsibilities of the Board as defined by the legislature. One of the main functions of the Board is to
analyze and show trends within the bingo industry. It has been discussed, however, that the
Board does not have the resources to do these analyses. The Secretary of State’s office has looked
at enlisting resources at Harvard and DU to do these types of analyses. The Board was also provided a handbook to
review which enumerates the Board’s responsibilities and obligations.
Sarah Steinbeck pointed
out that the Secretary of State’s office is trying to also improve the
relations with the Board and the Legislative Council to try to get Board
membership back in sync with legislative directives.
Mr. Williams asked that
as we go forward, the Secretary of State’s office needs to remember that the
Board is trying to be productive by taking the comments from all their
constituents and relaying them to the Secretary of States office and also
taking back the comments from the Secretary of State’s office to these same
constituents and relaying it in a manner that makes sense to them. He also felt the lack of attendance of Board
members is due to the fact that the Board is viewed as ineffective.
Chairman Gincig wanted to
point out that over the years the Board and the Secretary of State’s office
have worked together to make significant positive changes from a legislative
and rules point of view.
Chairman Gincig next
spoke to Board resignations/removals.
Nick Pizzuti had submitted a resignation letter and John Smith was
removed by decision of the Board at the last meeting. Both of these items were sent to the
legislature, but nothing was further acted upon. Also, requests and applications for new Board
members have been submitted to the legislature, but nothing has happened. Chairman Gincig requested the aid of the
Secretary of State’s office to get the legislature to take action on these
items. Also, Chairman Gincig felt
Jeannie McEvoy needed to be removed from the Board roster as she submitted a
resignation letter to Rudy. He stated he
would provide Mr. Pizzuti’s letter to our office. Mr. Smith was removed from the Board at the
last meeting due to attendance issues.
Chairman Gincig stated there were a couple of applications submitted to
the legislature for new appointments.
Chairman Gincig wanted to
comment on the financial report provided by the Secretary of State’s office on
the decline in the number of groups reporting bingo activity. In his opinion there were two issues causing
this trend. The first was due to the
poor economic condition, and the second was due to the lack of volunteers
willing to help at bingo. Chairman
Gincig stated we need to find a way to cut down on the number of volunteers
necessary to help at bingo. Mr. Gomes
felt that if an organization’s volunteers are not interested in supporting
their organization, then the organization should quit doing bingo.
Chairman Gincig provided
a copy of the new proposed legislation that will go forward once sponsors are
found. This new legislation would allow
and define the 24 number game and would also allow a 54 face maximum on
electronics. He stated that the $5,000
limit increase for 24 number and shared jackpots would also be included.
Mr. Gomes moved to
adjourn the meeting. The motion was
seconded by Mr. Williams and approved by the Board.
Meeting adjourned at 11:05
The next meeting
of the Board will be January 11, 2012 at 10:00 at the Secretary of State’s
Office, Blue Spruce Conference Room, 1700 Broadway, Denver, Colorado.