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A timeline of charitable gaming in NH law

February 08. 2014 10:16PM

Games of chance for charity have been legal in New Hampshire since 1977. Changes to the law in 2006 allowed the evolution from church-hall Monte Carlo nights to today's professionally run events at casino-style "licensed gaming facilities."

1977: Games of chance become legal.

1998: Single wager limit increased from $1 to $2.

2006: Oversight of games of chance transferred from the Attorney General's Office and local chiefs of police to the state Pari-mutuel Commission.

2006: Laws change relative to licensing of game operators, imposing criminal background checks and other qualifications.

2006: $20,000 bond required of primary game operators.

2006: Requirement added: Charitable organization must retain 35 percent of game proceeds after prizes are paid. 2006: Fees defined, including: . Charitable groups required to pay $25 per game up to 10 games per year . $250 facility license fee . $500 game operator fee

2008: Agency overseeing games of chance renamed to "Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission."

2008: Primary game operators' bond requirement increased to "up to $300,000."

2008: Single wager limit increased to $4. Added 80 percent limit on prizes for games where chips have no monetary value.

2008: State fees of 3 percent on non-monetary-value games and 10 percent of monetary-value games.

2008: Operator background checks expanded to include fingerprint requirements and FBI checks, and imposing fees.

2010: Financial record-keeping requirements imposed on game operators.

2010: All games of chance must be approved by the commission and identified on an approved game schedule for licensed game dates.

2010: Clarifies facility rental agreement between a charitable organization and licensed game operator to ensure the charity retains at least 35 percent of gross revenues after any prizes are paid.

2011: Operators must make all payments to charities within 15 business days of game date, list all fees in written contract with charities, and file financial reports with the state on behalf of the charities.

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