Persons not eligible for supplier's license.
CONDUCT OF BINGO
Restrictions on the conduct of bingo.
Limited period bingo.
Special bingo games.
REPORTS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Report of bingo operations.
Reports improperly filed.
Bookkeeping and accounts.
Proper and legitimate expenditures; reimbursement and waiver.
Financial report to membership.
Expenditure of bingo funds after cessation of bingo.
Exemptions; community-based residential facilities, senior citizen community centers and adult family homes.
ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTIES
Duties of the department of justice.
Inspection for enforcement.
GROSS RECEIPTS TAX
Gross receipts tax.
The conduct of raffles under a Class A license.
The conduct of raffles under a Class B license.
Denial of application; hearing.
Annual financial reports; renewals.
Ch. 563 Cross-reference
See definitions in s. 561.01
GENERAL PROVISIONS AND DEFINITIONS
The legislature declares that:
All phases of the conduct of bingo and raffles, except bingo games using free cards and donated prizes for which no payment of consideration is made by participants, should be closely controlled by appropriate laws and rules which should be strictly and uniformly enforced throughout this state.
The conduct of bingo, raffles and all attendant activities, except bingo games using free cards and donated prizes for which no payment of consideration is made by participants, should be so regulated as to discourage commercialization of bingo and raffles in all forms and to ensure the maximum use of the profits of bingo exclusively for proper and legitimate expenditures.
It is a matter of statewide concern to foster and support proper and legitimate expenditures and to prevent commercialized gambling, participation by criminal and other undesirable elements and diversion of funds from usage for proper and legitimate expenses.
Bingo conducted on Indian reservations must comply with this chapter. 69 Atty. Gen. 22.
State may not enforce bingo laws on Indian reservations. Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wis. v. State of Wis. 518 F Supp. 712 (1981).
In this chapter:
"Bingo" means a game of chance in which players pay a consideration in order to participate, in which 75 numbered objects are available for selection, and those objects actually selected are selected on a random basis, and in which each player participates by means of cards sold, rented or used only at the time and place of the game, each card containing 5 rows of 5 spaces each, each space printed with a number from 1 to 75, except the central space, which is marked "FREE". Winners are determined and prizes awarded on the basis of possessing a bingo card on which some combination of numbers are printed and conform to the numbered objects selected at random based on a predetermined winning arrangement. "Bingo" as used in this chapter shall not mean any game using free cards and donated prizes, if any, for which no payment of consideration is made by participants.
"Bingo occasion" means a single gathering or session at which a series of successive bingo games is played.
"Bingo supplies and equipment" means all cards, boards, sheets, markers, pads or other supplies, devices or equipment designed for use in the play of bingo.
"Calendar" means a tabular register of days covering not less than one nor more than 12 calendar months that is used or intended to be used for a calendar raffle.
"Calendar raffle" means a raffle for which a drawing is held and a prize awarded on each date specified in a calendar.
"Extra regular card" means a nondisposable card which affords additional opportunities to play in a regular bingo game to be played at a bingo occasion.
"Gross receipts" means total receipts received from the conduct of bingo including, but not limited to, receipts from the sale, rental or use of regular bingo cards, extra regular cards, special bingo cards and bingo supplies.
"Licensed organization" means an organization licensed under this chapter to conduct bingo.
"Limited period bingo" means the conduct of bingo for a period of not more than 4 out of 5 consecutive days in any one year at a festival, bazaar, picnic, carnival or similar special function conducted by a licensed organization.
"Premises" means any room, hall, enclosure, tent or outdoor area in which bingo is being played.
"Profit" means the gross receipts collected from one or more bingo occasions, less reasonable sums necessarily and actually expended for bingo supplies and equipment, prizes, utilities, license fees and taxes.
"Proper and legitimate expenditure" means an expenditure made by an organization for any of the following:
Any purpose for which the organization is organized.
The advancement, improvement or benefit of the organization, if the amount of the expenditure does not exceed the fair market value of the advancement, improvement or benefit.
"Raffle" means a game of chance in which tickets or calendars are sold and a drawing for prizes is held.
"Regular bingo card" means a nondisposable card issued to a person upon payment of the admission fee which affords a person the opportunity to participate in all regular games played at a bingo occasion.
"Regular bingo game" means a bingo game in which a person, upon payment of an admission, is issued a regular bingo card and may purchase or rent extra regular cards.
"Senior citizen community center" means a public place in which recreational or social activities are made available primarily to individuals who are 55 years of age or older.
"Special bingo card" means a disposable, specially marked bingo card which affords a person the opportunity to participate in a special bingo game to be played at a bingo occasion.
"Special bingo game" means any bingo game which is not a regular bingo game and which is played with special bingo cards.
DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE BOARD
General duties of the board.
The board shall:
Conduct hearings on the suspension or revocation of a license for violation of this chapter or any rules promulgated under it.
Promulgate rules under ch. 227
relating to the issuance, renewal, amendment, suspension and revocation of bingo and raffle licenses and the conduct of bingo under this chapter.
Approve and establish a standard set of bingo cards comprising a consecutively numbered series and prescribe by rule the manner in which such cards are to be reproduced and distributed to a licensed organization.
Prescribe appropriate forms necessary to carry out this chapter.
Issue, renew and amend licenses:
To a member designated by the organization who is responsible for the gross receipts.
Issue and renew licenses to suppliers of bingo supplies and equipment.
Have power to temporarily suspend any license.
Refer for investigation potential or actual violations of this chapter and rules promulgated under it to the district attorney of the county in which a bingo occasion will be or was held.
Make a continuous study of the operation of this chapter to ascertain if there are defects herein which jeopardize or threaten to jeopardize the purpose of this chapter; and make a continuous study of the operation and administration of similar laws which may be in effect in other states.