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At a glance: Charity bingo halls

In Oklahoma, only charitable organizations can get state licenses for bingo halls, but the law does not require that any of the money made actually go to charity.
by Nolan Clay Published: April 22, 2013
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Who can run bingo halls?

Only charitable organizations can get state licenses for bingo halls in Oklahoma, but the law does not require that any of the money made actually go to charity. The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission issues the licenses.

The ABLE Commission has urged the Legislature to require that a percentage of a bingo hall's income go to charity.

“There is a willingness, or at least an interest, among some legislators, but … there's a lot on the Legislature's plate, so it's never really been tackled,” said John Maisch, the ABLE Commission's general counsel.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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