By: Haggerty H.B. No. 1317
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to the authorization and regulation of progressive bingo
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 2001.002, Occupations Code, is amended
by adding Subdivision (23-a) to read as follows:
(23-a) "Progressive bingo" means a bingo game:
(A) in which a specified number of bingo numbers
or symbols are selected during a single bingo occasion and the
winner is the first player to complete a specific pattern on the
player's bingo card;
(B) that continues over successive bingo
occasions of the same licensed authorized organization until a
player wins; and
(C) for which the prize amount is increased on
each successive bingo occasion until a player wins.
SECTION 2. Subchapter I, Chapter 2001, Occupations Code, is
amended by adding Section 2001.421 to read as follows:
Sec. 2001.421. PROGRESSIVE BINGO GAMES. (a) A licensed
authorized organization may conduct a progressive bingo game.
(b) Only one progressive bingo game may be conducted during
a bingo occasion.
(c) Section 2001.420(a) does not apply to a progressive
bingo game. The prizes awarded in a progressive bingo game are not
included in the aggregated value of prizes awarded at a single bingo
occasion for purposes of Section 2001.420(b).
(d) The prize offered or awarded for a progressive bingo
game may not exceed $750 at the first bingo occasion during which
the game is played and may be increased by not more than $500 at each
successive bingo occasion at which the game is played until a game
(e) If the prize for a progressive bingo game is not awarded
at a bingo occasion, the progressive bingo game must be continued at
a future bingo occasion of the same organization until the game is
(f) A consolation prize of not more than $250 for a
progressive bingo game may be awarded at each bingo occasion during
which the game is played.
(g) A licensed authorized organization conducting a
progressive bingo game must post the rules for the progressive
bingo game as part of the organization's house rules before the
start of the bingo occasion. Except as otherwise required by
commission rule, the posted rules must remain in effect until the
game is won.
(h) If more than one licensed authorized organization
conducts bingo at the same location, each organization is
responsible for that organization's progressive bingo game.
(i) A licensed authorized organization conducting a
progressive bingo game must maintain adequate records relating to
the game as required by commission rule. The records must:
(1) include the increase in the prize amount at each
bingo occasion at which the game is continued; and
(2) account for all gross receipts for each
progressive bingo game.
(j) Sections 2001.502 and 2001.503 apply to a prize awarded
in a progressive bingo game, including a consolation prize.
(k) The commission shall adopt rules to administer this
SECTION 3. (a) The Texas Lottery Commission shall adopt
rules to administer progressive bingo games under Section 2001.421,
Occupations Code, as added by this Act, not later than October 1,
2003, and may adopt the initial rules in the manner provided by law
for emergency rules.
(b) A licensed authorized organization may not conduct a
progressive bingo game under Section 2001.421, Occupations Code, as
added by this Act, before the commission adopts the rules required
by Subsection (a) of this section.
SECTION 4. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2003.