California Government Warns Bingo Halls To Stop The Gambling
A recent U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in San Francisco claims that a new law that went into effect January 1st in the state bans electronic bingo machines from being used by charitable organizations.
Now, the state's attorney General's Office has warned the charitable bingo halls that they had better adhere to the law. In essence, the charities were told they had better not get caught using the now-illegal machines.
The charity bingo halls have become a source of debate over the past year. Last year, the United Auburn Tribe threatened to withhold millions of dollars of revenue sharing money if these charity bingo halls did not cease operations with the electronic machines.
The tribe operates the Thunder Valley Casino in Placier County, and they were not enthused with the idea of competition from the charity bingo halls. The battle has been going through the court system for quite a while.
The United Cerebral Palsy was using the machines to raise money for different programs, and they received clearance to continue to operate the machines under a court injunction. That, however, was overturned by the Court of Appeals back in late March.
April 5, 2009
Posted By Terry Goodwin
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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