Missouri governor signs bill expanding bingo games

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | 12:01 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri residents soon could have more chances to play bingo.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation (SB940) Thursday letting bingo parlors open earlier, close later and offer games twice a week instead of just once. The bill also increases the amount of money bingo operators can spend on advertising.

Under Missouri law, bingo games can be operated only by charitable, religious, veteran, fraternal and service organizations.

The number of groups licensed to run regular bingo games has fallen by more than half during the past 15 years, as casinos have expanded in Missouri.

Missouri's expanded bingo law will take effect Aug. 28. Nixon says it should help boost revenues for nonprofit groups that serve their communities.

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