Vote YES on November 3, 2020
Amendment C: Conduct of Charitable Gaming
The Benefits to Charitable Organizations Statewide
Amendment C proposes amending the Colorado Constitution to:
Reduce the number of years a nonprofit organization must operate in Colorado to apply for a bingo-raffle license from five to three; and ease compensation and organization membership restrictions for bingo-raffle workers.
What Your Vote Means
A “yes” vote on Amendment C allows nonprofit organizations operating in Colorado for three years to apply for a bingo-raffle license, permits these games to be conducted by workers who are not memebers of the organization, and allows workers to receive compensation.
A “no” vote on Amendment C maintains the current requirements that nonprofit organizations must operate in Colorado for five years prior to applying for a bingo-raffle license, and workers must be unpaid volunteers who are members of the nonprofit organization.
Summary and Analysis for Amendment C
What does Amendment C do? The Colorado Constitution currently prohibits bingo-raffle workers from receiving any compensation and prohibits anyone who is not a member of the nonprofit from participating in the management or operation of a game.
Amendment C makes the following changes to these provisions.
The measure: Decreases the number of years that a nonprofit organization must exist to apply for a bingo-raffle license from five to three and permits the legislature to further modify this requirement after January 1, 2024; eliminates the requirement that bingo-raffle workers be members of the nonprofit organization; and permits workers to receive compensation, such as meals or payment, up to the minimum wage.
What types of charitable gaming are currently allowed in Colorado? In 1958, the Colorado Constitution was amended to permit the operation of games of chance, such as bingo and raffles, by certain nonprofit organizations.
Typical games of chance include: Bingo, in which each player has at least one card with a grid of letters and numbers and marks off the letter and number combinations called by the bingocaller until one of the players completes the designated winning pattern; and raffles, which are tickets that have a unique number or other identifier randomly drawn to reveal the prize winner. Pull-tabs and pickles are considered raffles.The proceeds of any game must be exclusively devoted to the purposes of the nonprofit organization conducting the bingo or raffle.
What organizations can currently conduct bingo and raffle games? Only nonprofit organizations that have operated continuously in Colorado for five or more years can be licensed to conduct bingo or raffle games. The following types of nonprofit organizations can apply for a license: chartered branches, lodges, and chapters of national or state organizations; religious, charitable, labor, fraternal, educational, voluntary firefighters’, or veterans’ organizations; political parties; and the Colorado State Fair Authority.
For information on those issue committees that support or oppose the measures on the ballot at the November 3, 2020, election, go to the Colorado Secretary of State’s elections center web site hyperlink for ballot and initiative information: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/InitiativesHome.html