CONSUMER PROTECTION REMINDS CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS ABOUT CHANGES TO BINGO, BAZAARS, AND RAFFLES
Thursday, December 21st, 2017 – Starting on January 1st, 2018, municipalities will be responsible for the permitting and enforcement of all bingo games, bazaars, and raffles. This change was made during the 2017 legislative session in an effort to streamline our processes, and use state resources more efficiently. Previously, the process was handled jointly between the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), and municipalities. That meant that charitable organizations had to work with two entities, instead of one.
“We’re pleased that we were able to make this small change that will make this process easier for charitable organizations, towns, and state government,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, “We’re grateful to have had input from municipalities in this process, and look forward to continue working together to ensure a smooth transition.”
DCP has been in communication with municipalities, and has provided guidance for municipalities including information about our current registration processes, and the forms being used currently by DCP. That information can be found on DCP’s website here.
DCP will remain responsible for the collection of all verified statements or financial reports for temporary bingo, raffle or bazaar prior to January 1, 2018. They will also retain the responsibility of permitting and enforcement of all permits related to sealed ticket dealers.
Municipalities or charitable organizations that have questions are encouraged to reach out to DCP emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lora Rae Anderson
(860) 713-6019 (office)
(860) 247-8711 (cell)