2017 ORS 464.250¹
Powers and duties of Department of Justice
  • fees
  • rules

(1) The Department of Justice has the following powers and duties relating to the regulation of bingo, lotto or raffle games or Monte Carlo events:

(a) To authorize and regulate the operation of bingo, lotto and raffle games and Monte Carlo events permitted under ORS 167.117 (Definitions for ORS 167.108 to 167.164 and 464.270 to 464.530) and to adopt rules in accordance with applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183 for the performance of the department’s duties.

(b) To issue and renew licenses and permits for operation of bingo, lotto and raffle games and Monte Carlo events, including the manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and supplies necessary for the operation of the games and events and escrow agents holding money or property to be awarded as a prize, and to adopt license and permit fees. Licenses and permits are valid for one year unless renewed. The department shall set fees at an amount sufficient to cover all costs incurred by the department in its activities. License fees consist of an initial payment, in an amount established by rule, prior to issuance or renewal of the license, together with a monthly payment constituting a percentage of the licensee’s monthly gross income from the operation each month thereafter. An applicant for a license or a permit shall submit with the application a sum adequate to pay the required initial fee payment. If the applicant later withdraws the application or the department denies the application, the department shall retain the portion of the amount submitted to it that will pay the reasonable costs expended for processing and investigating the application. If the fee adopted by the department is less than the actual expenses of the department to investigate an application, the department may charge to the applicant an additional fee to repay the department for those costs. The department may refuse to proceed with its investigation or to issue a license until the department has been fully paid for those costs. The department shall create at least two classes of licenses for each activity regulated under this section. The licensing and operational requirements for licensees and the extent to which background checks are conducted under paragraph (d)(B) of this subsection must be commensurate with the size of the licensee’s bingo, lotto, raffle or Monte Carlo event operations. The department shall adopt rules exempting from licensing any organization that would otherwise qualify for a license and that is engaged in minimal bingo, lotto or Monte Carlo event activity.

(c) To prescribe the manner and method of payment of all moneys to be paid to or collected by the department.

(d) To adopt requirements as to what information an applicant must provide to the department. However, each license applicant must provide, and the department shall require, the names and addresses of all persons having a management or ownership interest in the bingo, lotto, raffle or Monte Carlo event operation or in the premises on which the operation is conducted and the names and addresses of all officers and directors of the applicant organization. The department shall also require the names and addresses of all persons employed in bingo, lotto, raffle or Monte Carlo event operations. The following apply to applications under this paragraph:

(A) An applicant shall certify, under oath, that the persons named on the application are all of the persons known by the applicant to have an interest in the bingo, lotto, raffle or Monte Carlo event operation or the premises on which the operation is conducted including all officers and directors of the applicant organization.

(B) The department may require fingerprints, a photograph, a handwriting sample and background checks, including state and nationwide criminal records checks under ORS 181A.195 (Criminal records check), on any person seeking a license from it or any person holding an interest in any bingo, lotto, raffle or Monte Carlo event operation or in the premises on which it is conducted. The department may also require fingerprints or background checks, including state and nationwide criminal records checks under ORS 181A.195 (Criminal records check), of any manager or other employee of such a bingo, lotto, raffle or Monte Carlo event operation.

(e) To adopt record keeping requirements for licensees of the department and the submission of reports to the department as the department determines necessary. The department may require licensees to record and report income from bingo, lotto, raffle, Monte Carlo events, concessions and other related operations, the amounts received from each player, the costs and expenses of operations, the nature and value of prizes and the fact of distribution of such prizes to the winners thereof. The department may adopt internal financial and inventory control requirements under this paragraph that are based on and commensurate with the size of a licensee’s bingo, lotto, raffle or Monte Carlo event operations.

(f) To regulate and establish maximum limits on income derived by licensees from bingo, lotto, raffles or Monte Carlo events. However, in establishing limits, the department shall take into account:

(A) The nature, character and scope of the activities of the licensee;

(B) The sources of other income to the licensee; and

(C) The percentage or extent to which income derived from bingo, lotto, raffles or Monte Carlo events is used for charitable purposes, as distinguished from nonprofit purposes other than charity.

(g) To regulate the manner of operation of bingo, lotto and raffle games and Monte Carlo events conducted by licensees, including the approval of which games may be played and the equipment to be used. The department shall regulate the types of equipment, rules and methods of play to ensure the integrity and fairness of the games.

(h) To cooperate with state and local law enforcement agencies in investigating matters within the scope of the department’s duties and responsibilities.

(i) To establish maximum limits on compensation paid to persons employed by charitable, fraternal or religious licensees, for the purpose of conducting licensed games, not to exceed 200 percent of the federal minimum wage standard, or, for a person who supervises a bingo, lotto, raffle or Monte Carlo event operation for a charitable, fraternal or religious organization and is subject to the limitations of ORS 464.340 (Limitation on time spent administering or operating games), 300 percent of the federal minimum wage standard, and to establish maximum limits for other expenses connected with such operations. In establishing these limits, the department shall consider the amount of income received, or expected to be received, by the organization from the bingo, lotto, raffle, Monte Carlo events, concessions and other related operations and the amount of money the operation could generate for the organization’s purposes absent such expenses. The department may also take into account other factors, including but not limited to whether charitable purposes are benefited by the activities.

(2) The department may not require a person working as a volunteer in a bingo, lotto, raffle or Monte Carlo event operation conducted by a bona fide charitable, fraternal or religious organization to obtain a permit for such work if the person does not receive compensation of any kind from the organization, other than reimbursement for actual or reasonable expenses, or have any managerial or supervisory responsibility in connection with it. The department may require that bingo, lotto, raffle and Monte Carlo event operators employing unlicensed volunteers submit to the department periodically the names, addresses and dates of birth of the volunteers. The department may adopt reasonable character standards for volunteers, and if a volunteer does not meet the standards, the department may require that the licensee not allow the volunteer to work for the licensee.

(3) Subject to ORS 167.118 (Certain games or events conducted by charitable, fraternal or religious organizations), the department by rule may establish value limits for prizes awarded at bingo, lotto or raffle games or Monte Carlo events and may regulate or prohibit the giving to patrons of any other thing of value to promote attendance at the games.

(4) The department by rule may establish a maximum amount that a person may wager at a Monte Carlo event. [1987 c.914 §4; 1991 c.274 §3; 1991 c.962 §19; 1997 c.867 §3; 1999 c.218 §2; 2001 c.576 §3; 2003 c.417 §2; 2005 c.730 §26; 2017 c.60 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 464—Games, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors464.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.