H. B. 2058
(By Delegate Fragale)
[Introduced January 12, 2011; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §47-20-32, relating to allowing nonprofit organizations to hold up to two charitable Texas hold’em tournaments per year.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §47-20-32, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 20. CHARITABLE BINGO.
§47-20-32. Texas hold’em tournament license.
A charitable or public service organization may, upon payment of a $100 license fee, apply to the Tax Commissioner for issuance of an annual Texas hold’em license. A bona fide senior citizens organization shall pay a $50 license fee. All revenue from the license fee shall be deposited in the special revenue account established under the authority of section two-a, article nine, chapter eleven of this code and used to support the investigatory activities provided in that section. The Tax Commissioner shall promulgate legislative rules in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code specifying those organizations which qualify as charitable or public service organizations.
A holder of a Texas hold’em license may conduct two charitable Texas hold’em tournaments each year during the period of the license at which up to $10,000 in prizes may be awarded. No such tournament may be held at an establishment possessing an ABCC license.
A charitable or public service organization operating a Texas hold’em tournament shall publish game and tournament rules as well as a statement of the charitable or public service purpose or purposes for which the tournament proceeds will be expended, and how those proceeds shall be divided. The operation of a Texas hold’em tournament and related concessions may not be subcontracted out to any business or corporation.
A charitable or public service organization that has a regular, limited occasion or super bingo license may apply for a Texas hold’em license.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow for nonprofit organizations to hold up to two charitable Texas hold’em tournaments per year.
§47-20-32 is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.