Bingo parlors would be helped by bill in front of Missouri governor Tuesday

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | 9:50 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation intended to boost business at the state's bingo halls.

The legislation would lets bingo parlors open earlier, close later and offer games twice a week instead of just once. It also lets bingo operators spend up to 10 percent of their receipts on advertising. The limit is now 2 percent.

Supporters say the changes are designed to help bingo halls compete with casinos. Bingo can be operated only by charitable, religious, veteran, fraternal and service organizations.

The bill was among several that Nixon planned to sign Tuesday during a ceremony in his Capitol office.


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