At a glance
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.