2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 16, 2018 - Introduced by
Law Revision Committee. Referred to Committee
1An Act to amend
563.03 (4e), 563.03 (4m), 563.04 (6) (b), 563.12 (9), 563.13 (4), 2
563.51 (22) (b), 563.51 (27), 563.61 (1) (a) and 563.935 (1m) of the statutes; 3relating to: various changes to bingo and raffles (suggested as remedial
4legislation by the Department of Administration).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill makes various changes to bingo and raffle law, including removing the
restriction that all objects drawn for a bingo game be the same color, specifying that
a calendar raffle may be depicted by a table or a register, clarifying that only one
individual may be designated as the member responsible for the proper utilization
of gross bingo receipts, and making other technical changes to language.
For further information, see the Notes provided by the Law Revision
Committee of the Joint Legislative Council.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
Law Revision Committee prefatory note: This bill is a remedial legislation
proposal, requested by the Department of Administration and introduced by the Law
Revision Committee under s. 13.83 (1) (c) 4. and 5., stats. After careful consideration of
the various provisions of the bill, the Law Revision Committee has determined that this
bill makes minor substantive changes in the statutes, and that these changes are
desirable as a matter of public policy.
563.03 (4e) of the statutes is amended to read:
“Calendar" means a tabular table or
register of days covering not 3
less than one nor more than 12 calendar months that entitles the purchaser to one 4
entry in each drawing in a calendar raffle.
563.03 (4m) of the statutes is amended to read:
“Calendar raffle" means a raffle for which a drawing is held and 7
a prize awarded on each date specified in a calendar as a date upon which a prize will
Note: Sections 1 and 2 make clarifying changes to the definitions of “calendar”
and “calendar raffle” used in ch. 563, stats.
563.04 (6) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) To a the
member designated by the organization who is 11
responsible for the gross receipts.
Note: Sections 3, 4, 5, and 8 provide that an organization may designate one
member to be responsible for proper utilization of gross bingo receipts.
563.12 (9) of the statutes is amended to read:
The name, address, date of birth and years of membership of an one 14
active member of the applicant organization who shall be responsible for the proper 15
utilization of the gross receipts derived from the conduct of bingo.
563.13 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
A $10 license fee for each bingo occasion proposed to be conducted 18
and $5 for an annual license for each the
designated member responsible for the 19
proper utilization of gross receipts. All moneys received under this subsection shall 20
be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (8) (jm).
563.51 (22) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) The objects to be drawn shall be essentially the same in size, 2color,
shape, weight, balance and all other characteristics, so that at all times during 3
the conduct of bingo, each object possesses the capacity for equal agitation with any 4
other object within the receptacle.
Note: This Section eliminates the requirement that all balls drawn in a bingo
game be the same color.
563.51 (27) of the statutes is amended to read:
563.51 (27) More than one winner.
When more than one player is found to be 7
the winner on the call of the same number in the same bingo game, a cash prize shall 8
be divided equally among the winners. The licensed organization may elect to round 9
off the prize to any amount between the next lower dollar and the next higher dollar. 10
Any licensed organization may elect to set a minimum prize of not exceeding no more
$10 for each winner. When equal division of a merchandise prize is not possible, 12
identical substitute prizes whose aggregate retail value is approximately equal to 13
that of the designated prize may be awarded or a cash prize equal to the retail value 14
may be divided among the winners as provided in this subsection.
Note: Sections 7 and 9 make clarifying language changes without making
563.61 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) The name and address of each supervising member and each the
member responsible for the proper utilization of gross receipts.
563.935 (1m) of the statutes is amended to read:
563.935 (1m) If state or federal law places an age restriction on who may
20possess any prize that will be awarded for a raffle, the The
organization conducting 21
the raffle shall prominently display, at each place where tickets may be purchased, 22
a notice describing the restriction at each place where tickets may be purchased any
1state or federal law that imposes an age restriction on who may possess a prize that
2will be awarded in the raffle