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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 2012
       By Senator Dean
       3-01496A-10                                           20102012__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to bingo games; amending s. 849.0931,
    3         F.S.; authorizing electronic devices to be used for
    4         certain functions in the conduct of bingo games;
    5         providing an effective date.
    7  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
    9         Section 1. Subsection (12) of section 849.0931, Florida
   10  Statutes, is amended to read:
   11         849.0931 Bingo authorized; conditions for conduct;
   12  permitted uses of proceeds; limitations.—
   13         (12) Each bingo game shall be conducted in accordance with
   14  the following rules:
   15         (a) The objects, whether drawn or ejected, shall be
   16  essentially equal as to size, shape, weight, and balance and as
   17  to all other characteristics that may control their selection
   18  from the receptacle. The caller shall cancel any game if, during
   19  the course of a game, the mechanism used in the drawing or
   20  ejection of objects becomes jammed in such a manner as to
   21  interfere with the accurate determination of the next number to
   22  be announced or if the caller determines that more than one
   23  object is labeled with the same number or that there is a number
   24  to be drawn without a corresponding object. Any player in a game
   25  canceled pursuant to this paragraph shall be permitted to play
   26  the next game free of charge.
   27         (b) Prior to commencement of any bingo session, the member
   28  in charge shall cause a verification to be made of all objects
   29  to be placed in the receptacle and shall inspect the objects in
   30  the presence of a disinterested person to ensure that all
   31  objects are present and that there are no duplications or
   32  omissions of numbers on the objects. Any player shall be
   33  entitled to call for a verification of numbers before, during,
   34  and after a session.
   35         (c) The card or sheet on which the game is played shall be
   36  part of a deck, group, or series, no two of which may be alike
   37  in any given game.
   38         (d) All numbers shall be visibly displayed after being
   39  drawn and before being placed in the rack.
   40         (e) A bona fide bingo shall consist of a predesignated
   41  arrangement of numbers on a card or sheet that correspond with
   42  the numbers on the objects drawn from the receptacle and
   43  announced. Errors in numbers announced or misplaced in the rack
   44  may not be recognized as a bingo.
   45         (f) When a caller has started to vocally announce a number,
   46  the caller shall complete the call. If any player has obtained a
   47  bingo on a previous number, such player will share the prize
   48  with the player who gained bingo on the last number called.
   49         (g) Numbers on the winning cards or sheets shall be
   50  announced and verified in the presence of another player. Any
   51  player shall be entitled at the time the winner is determined to
   52  call for a verification of numbers drawn. The verification shall
   53  be in the presence of the member designated to be in charge of
   54  the occasion or, if such person is also the caller, in the
   55  presence of an officer of the licensee.
   56         (h) Upon determining a winner, the caller shall ask, “Are
   57  there any other winners?” If no one replies, the caller shall
   58  declare the game closed. No other player is entitled to share
   59  the prize unless she or he has declared a bingo prior to this
   60  announcement.
   61         (i) Seats may not be held or reserved by an organization or
   62  person involved in the conduct of any bingo game for players not
   63  present, nor may any cards be set aside, held, or reserved from
   64  one session to another for any player.
   65         (j) The provisions of paragraphs (a), (b), and (d) may be
   66  satisfied by electronic devices that provide the same
   67  functionality.
   68         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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