Honorable Robert Duncan, Chair, Senate Committee on State Affairs
John S O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB2728 by Thompson (Relating to the operation and regulation of charitable bingo.), As Engrossed
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB2728, As Engrossed: a positive impact of $2,443,000 through the biennium ending August 31, 2013.
Additionally, based on the analysis of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, the use of card minding devices that track the value of credits on bingo play would increase bingo revenue. However, the number of bingo operators that would use the card minding devices in their operations is unknown. Therefore, the increased bingo revenue associated with the use of card minding devices cannot be estimated.
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The bill would amend the Occupations Code to increase the number of temporary licenses which an authorized organization that holds an annual or two year license may receive in a 12 month period. The bill would amend the Occupations Code to define “card minding device player account value.” The bill would also amend the Occupations Code to state that a bingo player may use card-minding device player account value to purchase bingo cards. The bill would amend the Occupations Code to state that a person may not offer a single bingo prize with an aggregate value greater than $2,500 for all bingo games except pull-tab bingo or bingo games that award individual prizes of $25 or less.
The bill would take 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 of the Texas Constitution. If the bill does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this act would take effect on September 1, 2011.
Based on the analysis of the Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA) this bill would have a positive revenue impact on the state from increased bingo prize fees. Based on the analysis of the CPA it is assumed that an increased number of temporary licenses would have an impact on bingo play, and a larger effect would ensue from removing the maximum prize for a bingo occasion under certain conditions. For the purposes of this analysis, the CPA compiled data on pull tab play from the Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) and from other states. The CPA estimates a revenue increase of $1,202,000 in 2012, $1,241,000 in 2013, $1,286,000 in 2014, $1,335,000 in 2015, and $1,389,000 in 2016. This analysis assumes that there would be no significant fiscal impact to increases in the state’s bingo rental tax resulting from the provisions of the bill.
Based on the analysis of the CPA, there would be a positive revenue impact to the state from increased bingo play resulting from the use of card minding devices. However, due to the unknown number of bingo providers that would use the card minding devices this amount cannot be estimated.
Based on the analysis of the TLC the agency would need 1.0 full-time-equivalent position (FTE) to implement the provisions of the bill due to the increase in licensees generated by the bill. The bill would have a salary cost of $31,729 beginning in fiscal year 2012 and for each year thereafter. Benefits costs associated with the FTE would be $8,840 each year assuming a benefits cost of 27.86 percent. Other costs associated with the FTE would be $9,422 in 2012 and $5,958 in each year thereafter. This analysis assumes the agency would generate sufficient revenue to cover the increased costs associated with implementing the bill.
304 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 362 Texas Lottery Commission
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