DIVISION 2, LICENSES


SEC.

12-026.00 Authority To Issue


    It shall be lawful for any bona fide nonprofit veterans' charitable, educational or religious or fraternal, civic, service clubs or Mardi Gras Carnival organization that has received a permit to parade from a municipality or public governing authority which is domiciled in the Parish to hold and operate the specific kind of game of chance commonly known as bingo, raffle, keno and pull-tab games, played for prizes with cards bearing numbers or other designations, five (5) or more than one (1) line, the holder covering numbers, as objects, similarly numbered, are drawn from a receptacle and the game being won by the person who first covers a previously designated arrangements of numbers on such a card; and the game

of chance commonly known as pull-tabs played for prizes with cards or tickets and as defined in LSA R.S. 33:4861.2; by selling shares or tickets or rights to participate in such games, and by conducting the games accordingly when the entire net proceeds of such games are to be devoted entirely to educational, charitable, patriotic, religious or public spirited uses within the State, whose officers are residents of the Parish as evidenced through the voter registration rolls of the Parish Registrar of Voters. It is herewith required that all bona fide local organiza tions provide the Parish with a copy of a valid permit issued by the State of Louisiana. Should an applicant not currently possess a valid permit issued by the State of Louisiana, the applicant shall be eligible for a ninety day permit to conduct games of chance allowable under the provisions of this Division provided that all net proceeds are escrowed with the Parish. Should such permit be denied by the State of Louisiana, all proceeds shall be forfeited to the Parish for the benefit of nonprofit community service organizations. In the event such permit is approved by the State of Louisiana, such funds shall be released to the organization conducting such games. (Ord. No. 85-328, adopted 01/17/85; Ord. No. 85-546, adopted 12/19/85; amended by Ord. No. 91-1450, adopted 05/16/91)

SEC.

12-026.01 Pull-Tab Games


    (1)     Definition. Pull-tabs shall mean single or banded tickets or cards each with its face covered to conceal one (1) or more numbers or symbols, where one (1) or more card or ticket in each set has been designated in advance as a winner.

    (2)     Regulated. No organization, distributor or manufacturer or any representative thereof, either with knowledge or in circumstances whereunder he reasonably should have known, shall possess, display, put out for play, sell or otherwise furnish to any person any deal of pull-tabs:

        (1)         In which the winning pull-tabs have not been completely and randomly distributed and mixed among all other pull-tabs in the deal;

        (2)         In which the location or approximate location of any of the winning pull-tabs can be determined in advance of opening the pull-tabs in any manner or by any device, including but not limited to any pattern in the manufacture, assembly or packaging of pull-tabs by the manufacturer, by any markings on the pull-tabs or container, or by the use of a light; or

        (3)         Which does not conform in any respect to these requirements as to manufacturer, assembly, or packaging.

    (3)     Purchase. Effective January 1, 1986, a distributor shall not purchase or be furnished any deal of pull-tabs from a manufacturer of pull-tabs unless all of the following conditions are met:

        (1)         The manufacturer's label or trademark has been registered with the Office of State Police.

        (2)         Each individual pull-tab manufactured has conspicuously set forth on it the name of the manufacturer or a label or trademark which identifies its manufacturer.

        (3)         The pull-tab is of a type approved by the Office of State Police for use in Louisiana. (Ord. No. 85-546, adopted 12/19/85)

SEC.

12-026.02 Exemptions



    A bona fide senior citizen recreation club, upon application to the Parish shall be exempt from the licensing and reporting provisions of Divisions 2 and 3 of this Article. A bona fide senior citizen's recreation club for the purpose of this Article shall be defined as an organization which is recognized and sanctioned by the local Council on Aging, composed wholly of members, age sixty (60) years or greater, whose only function is to provide amusement and diversion for its membership exclusively. (Ord. No. 85-328, adopted 01/17/85; Ord. No. 85-546, adopted 12/19/85)

SEC. 12-026.03 Application

    (1)     Each applicant for a license under this Division shall file with the Parish Police Jury a written application therefor in the form prescribed by the Jury, duly executed and verified, in which shall be stated:

        1 .     The name and address of the bona fide nonprofit organization or association;

        2 .     The names and addresses of its officers;

        3.    The specific kind of game or games of chance intended to be held, operated and conducted by the applicant, and the place or places where, the date or dates and the time or times when such game or games of chance are intended to be con ducted by the applicant under the license applied for;

        4.    The items of expense intended to be incurred or paid in connection with the holding, operating and conducting of such game or games of chance and the names and addresses of the persons to whom, and the purposes for which, they are to be paid;

        5.    The specific purposes to which the entire net proceeds of such game or games of chance are to be devoted and in what manner;

        6 .     That no commission, salary, compensation, reward or recompense will be paid to any person for holding, operating or conducting, or assisting in the holding, operating or conducting of such games of chance;

        7 .     A description of all prizes to be offered and given in all such games of chance to be held, operated and conducted under such license;

        8 .     A list containing the names and addresses of all of its officers and members. The lone exception to this provision would be in the case of churches, which are required to submit the names of those persons responsible for the operation of the game of chance, along with the names of all persons who would be working in conjunction therewith.
        
        9 .     In each application there shall be designated an active member or members of the applicant under whom the game or games of chance described in application are to be held, operated and conducted; and, to the application shall be appended a statement executed by the applicant and by member or members so designated that he or they will be responsible for holding, operating and conducting of such game or games of chance in accordance with the terms of such license. (Ord. No. 85-328, adopted 01/17/85; Ord. No. 85-546, adopted 12/19/85; amended by Ord. No. 91-1450, adopted 05/16/91)

SEC.

12-026.04 Investigation



    Upon application for a permit, the State of Louisiana shall make or cause to be made an investigation of the qualifications of each applicant and the merits of the application, with due expedition after the filing of the application. The State shall determine whether the applicant is duly qualified to hold, operate and conduct games of chance; whether the member or members of the applicant designated in the application to hold, operate, conduct or assist in holding, operating or conducting the game or games of chance are bona fide active members of the applicant, persons of good moral character and have never been convicted of crime. Upon the applicant's approval by the State of Louisiana, no investigation shall be made by the Parish. (Ord. No. 85-328, adopted 01/17/85; Ord. No. 85-546, adopted 12/19/85; amended by Ord. No. 91-1450, adopted 05/16/91)

(1)     SEC.

12-026.05 License Fee



    Each organization applying for a bingo license shall pay an annual fee in the amount of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). The fee shall be used by the Parish Police Jury staff or any other permanent department deemed necessary by the Police Jury to handle the correspondence and/or supervision of bingo. An organization desiring a "one event" license shall submit an application in compliance with the provisions of this Article. Such organization shall submit a Twenty-Five Dollar ($25.00) fee for each such "one event" application. No more than four (4) such "one event" applications shall be accepted from any one (1) organization. (Ord. No. 85-328, adopted 01/17/85; Ord. No. 85-546, adopted 12/19/85)

(2)     SEC.

12-026.06 Hearing; Amendment Of License



    (1)     No application for the issuance of a license shall be refused by the Police Jury until after a hearing is held on due notice to the applicant, at which the applicant shall be entitled to be heard upon the qualifications of the applicant and the merits of the applications.

    (2)     Any license issued pursuant to the provisions of this Article may be amended upon application made to the Police Jury if the subject matter of the proposed amendment could lawfully have been included in the original license. (Ord. No. 85-328, adopted 01/17/85; Ord. No. 85-546, adopted 12/19/85)

(3)     SEC.

12-026.07 Revocation Or Suspension



    (1)     The Parish Police Jury shall have the power to revoke or suspend a license immediately upon the notification of an alleged violation of any provision of this Article. The Police Jury would then be compelled to call a public hearing on the alleged viola tion within thirty (30) days of the suspension to determine whether or not the permit should be permanently revoked. The Police Jury may grant a temporary operating permit for the interim operation of the games pending the hearing, provided necessary safeguards can be implemented compelling the organization to deposit all proceeds of the games into a special escrow account pending determination of the violation. Once a permit has been revoked, the organization is ineligible to apply for another permit for one (1) calendar year.

    (2)     No organization which has had a permit previously revoked for violations of the terms of this Article shall be eligible for a new license under this Division until a public hearing is held on its qualifications and there is a showing by the applicant of just cause as to why a permit should be issued. (Ord. No. 85-328, adopted 01/17/85; Ord. No. 85-546, adopted 12/19/85)

(4)     SEC.

12-026.08 Form Of License; Display



    Each license granted by the Police Jury pursuant hereto shall be in such form as the Police Jury shall require or deem necessary and shall contain a description of the kind or kinds of game or games of chance authorized to be held, operated and conducted thereunder, a statement of the name and address of the licensee, of the names and addresses of the member or members of the applicant under whom such game or games of chance will be held, operated and conducted, of the number of times, or the hours during which, such game or games of chance are authorized to be conducted and the place or places where and of the specific purposes of which the entire net proceeds of such game or games of chance are to be devoted and any other information which may be required by the rules and regulations to be contained therein; and each license issued for the conduct of any game of chance shall be conspicuously displayed at the place where any game is to be conducted thereunder at all times during the conduct thereof. (Ord. No. 85-328, adopted 01/17/85; Ord. No. 85-546, adopted 12/19/85)

SEC.

12-026.09 Calendar Year


    Bingo permits shall be issued for the Calendar Year of July 1st to June 30th. Effective January 1, 1992, bingo permits will be issued for six months, January 1 - June 30, 1992. Thereafter, all bingo permits will be issued from July 1st - June 30th. (Ord. No. 91-1450, adopted 05/16/91)

SECS. 12-026.10 - 12-026.99 Reserved.