Current as of: 2010
(a) An organization listed in subsection (b) of this section shall obtain a permit from the county commissioners before the organization may use two or more of the following gaming devices in conducting a fundraiser at which prizes of merchandise or money may be awarded:
(1) a paddle wheel;
(2) a wheel of fortune;
(3) a chance book;
(4) a card game;
(5) a raffle; or
(6) any other gaming device.
(b) (1) In this subsection, "charity" means an organization, institution, association, society, or corporation that is exempt from taxation under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subtitle, the county commissioners may issue a permit to use multiple gaming devices to an organization if the organization is:
(i) a bona fide religious organization that has conducted religious services at the same location in the county for at least 3 years before applying for a permit;
(ii) a county-supported or municipally supported volunteer fire company or an auxiliary unit of the volunteer fire company whose members are directly associated with the volunteer fire company or auxiliary unit;
(iii) a nationally chartered veterans’ organization or an auxiliary unit of the veterans’ organization whose members are directly associated with the veterans’ organization;
(iv) if the organization intends to use two or more gaming devices to conduct a fundraiser for the benefit of a charity located in the county, an organization that is a bona fide:
1. fraternal organization;
2. educational organization;
3. civic organization;
4. patriotic organization; or
5. charitable organization; or
(v) a bona fide nonprofit organization that:
1. has operated on a nonprofit basis in the county for at least 3 years before applying for a permit; and
2. intends to use the multiple gaming devices to raise money for an exclusively charitable, athletic, or educational purpose specifically described in the permit application.
(c) Before issuing a permit, the county commissioners shall determine that the organization seeking the permit:
(1) is organized in and serves the residents of the county; and
(2) meets the conditions of this section.
(d) (1) (i) Except as provided in subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, a permit is valid for one event that does not last longer than 6 hours.
(ii) The county commissioners may issue a permit for an event longer than 6 hours if the permit holder does not seek more than one permit in the same year.
(2) The county commissioners may not approve a Prev
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