Date: February 8, 2012
Location: Secretary of
State’s Office, Blue Spruce Conference Room, 1700 Broadway, Denver, Colorado
Members Present: Bishop Dan
Gincig, Beau Williams, Vera Craven, Tom Bednark
Members Absent: Austin
Secretary of State Officials Present: Mike Hardin, Sarah Steinbeck, Rudy Johnson, Patrick
Ryan, Shannon Bee, Lisa Marty
Meeting was called to
order at 10:02 A.M.
The Pledge of Allegiance
A motion was made by Beau
Williams to approve the October 19, 2011 meeting minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Vera Craven and
approved by unanimous vote of the Board.
Secretary of State
Rudy Johnson reviewed the
financial statements distributed to the Board.
On the reports it was pointed out that 2011 net profits increased from
previous years, but we were not sure why.
Chairman Gincig theorized that profits were up due to an increased use
of electronics in bingo. He also felt
some of the money shifted from pulltabs to bingo activities. Mr. Bednark agreed with this
observation. An audience member stated
that from the reports, it appears the increase is due to a significant increase
in raffle profits. Mr. Hardin stated
that the reports show a 10% increase in profit from raffles activities from the
Chairman Gincig reported
that there is proposed legislation for Bingo/Raffles and they are currently
looking for a sponsor. The main issues
in the proposed bill include the authorization of the 24 number game in
Colorado and an increase in the number of faces allowed on the electronic
aide. Corky Kyle stated that they are
looking at some potential sponsors and he may get the legislation introduced
under late bill status. The finalized
form of the bill has not yet been submitted to the Secretary of State’s
office. The bill is currently still in
draft format, but should be finalized within the next two weeks.
The next topic of
discussion was the open Board positions.
Chairman Gincig reported that there were several applications and
resumes submitted to the legislature, some dating back 2 years, with no
response. Chairman Gincig stated he
would like to ask the Secretary of State’s office to help get these through. Mr. Hardin responded that our office has
spoken with both the offices of the Speaker of the House and President of the
Senate to remind them of their responsibilities in this area. In checking, the last application was
submitted over a year ago, so Mr. Hardin suggested everyone re-apply, and
inform our office when these applications have been submitted. We can then follow
up with the legislature.
Mr. Williams presented a
discussion on the legitimacy of “daily draws” in posts. The posts feel that these are raffles and
fall under the jurisdiction of the Bingo/Raffle Statutes, and not under the Division
of Liquor Enforcement. Chairman Gincig
said it was previously discussed that if these games had been reported on the
quarterlies they would have been covered by the Bingo/Raffle License. Wayne Thompson, on behalf of VFW 5061, stated
that this post had been conducting this type of game and that liquor
enforcement deemed it an illegal drawing.
The VFW took the stance that it was not illegal, that it was social
gambling. To date, there has not been a
decision on the hearing.
Mr. Hardin reported that
the University of Denver (Enterprise Solutions) is willing to help our office
conduct research on the bingo/raffle industry.
He requested the Board members report their ideas on areas of potential
study, and that these be sent to himself, Sarah or Rudy on or before
The office has also moved
forward with e-learning training for games managers. Mr. Johnson stated that our office is working
on an on-line training where the applicant can take and submit the test for
becoming a games manager.
Mr. Johnson also reported
that our office is looking into groups who have multiple losing quarters. When a group submits the quarterly and
continually shows negative profit for their organization’s charitable purposes our
office tries to contact that organization to see how they may rectify the
situation, or if they are even aware this is occurring.
Mr. Bednark moved to
adjourn the meeting. The motion was
seconded by Ms. Craven and approved by the Board.
Meeting adjourned at 11:23
The next meeting
of the Board will be April 11, 2012 at 10:00 at Secretary of State’s
Office, Blue Spruce Conference Room, 1700 Broadway, Denver, Colorado.