THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION

Sec. 47.  LOTTERIES AND GIFT ENTERPRISES; BINGO GAMES.

(a) The Legislature shall pass laws prohibiting lotteries and gift enterprises in
this State other than those authorized by Subsections (b), (d), and (e) of this
section.

(b)  The Legislature by law may authorize and regulate bingo games
conducted by a church, synagogue, religious society, volunteer fire
department, nonprofit veterans organization, fraternal organization, or
nonprofit organization supporting medical research or treatment programs.
A law enacted under this subsection must permit the qualified voters of any
county, justice precinct, or incorporated city or town to determine from time
to time by a majority vote of the qualified voters voting on the question at an
election whether bingo games may be held in the county, justice precinct, or
city or town. The law must also require that:

(1)  all proceeds from the games are spent in Texas for charitable purposes of
the organizations;

(2)  the games are limited to one location as defined by law on property owned
or leased by the church, synagogue, religious society, volunteer fire
department, nonprofit veterans organization, fraternal organization, or
nonprofit organization supporting medical research or treatment programs;
and

(3)  the games are conducted, promoted, and administered by members of the
church, synagogue, religious society, volunteer fire department, nonprofit
veterans organization, fraternal organization, or nonprofit organization
supporting medical research or treatment programs.

(c)  The law enacted by the Legislature authorizing bingo games must
include:

(1)  a requirement that the entities conducting the games report quarterly to
the Comptroller of Public Accounts about the amount of proceeds that the
entities collect from the games and the purposes for which the proceeds are
spent; and

(2)  criminal or civil penalties to enforce the reporting requirement.

(d)  The Legislature by general law may permit charitable raffles conducted
by a qualified religious society, qualified volunteer fire department, qualified
volunteer emergency medical service, or qualified nonprofit organizations
under the terms and conditions imposed by general law.

The law must also require that:

(1)  all proceeds from the sale of tickets for the raffle must be spent for the
charitable purposes of the organizations; and

(2)  the charitable raffle is conducted, promoted, and administered
exclusively by members of the qualified religious society, qualified volunteer
fire department, qualified volunteer emergency medical service, or qualified
nonprofit organization.

(e)  The Legislature by general law may authorize the State to operate
lotteries and may authorize the State to enter into a contract with one or
more legal entities that will operate lotteries on behalf of the State.

(Subsec. (a) amended and (b) and (c) added Nov. 4, 1980; Subsec. (a)
amended and (d) added Nov. 7, 1989; Subsec. (a) amended and (e) added
Nov. 5, 1991.)


Sec. 48.  (Repealed Aug. 5, 1969.)
Sec. 48a.  (Repealed April 22, 1975.)
Sec. 48b.  (Repealed April 22, 1975.)
Sec. 48c.  (Blank.)
Sec. 48-d.  (Repealed Sept. 13, 2003.)
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