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Laws of the 1st Regular Session of the 52nd Legislature: Part 3 – Gambling

In this multi-part series, we will be looking at some of the laws that Governor Doug Ducey signed during the 1st Regular Session of the 52nd Legislature. You can see Part 1: Food and Drink and Part 2: Motor Vehicles. Unless otherwise stated, all laws discussed below went into effect on July 3. We will not cover all of the 278 bills signed into law, but if there is a particular bill you are interested in, please email Emily at erice@b3strategies.com and we will try to include it in an upcoming post.

This post will look at new laws related to gambling, raffles and the Arizona lottery.

HB 2182 – Raffles; Lawful Conduct

HB 2182, sponsored by Rep. Paul Boyer (R-Phoenix), allows certain entities to contract with an external organization that manages, sells, or operates a raffle if the raffle proceeds are used both to provide services to “prevent child abuse and to provide services and advocacy for victims of child abuse. The organizations must be tax exempt through either ARS § 43-1201(A) (4) or 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The organization must also have at least a two decade history of providing services to prevent child abuse and advocating for victims of child abuse. The raffles must occur no more than three times per calendar year, and the contracted organization must not receive a fee of more than fifteen percent.

HB 2312 – Amusement Gambling; Merchandise Prize Value

HB 2312 increases the market value of a merchandise prize for a single win in amusement gambling from $4.00 to $10.00. Sponsored by Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (R-Gilbert), the bill had bi-partisan co-sponsors including Rep. Russell “Rusty” Bowers (R-Mesa) and Rep. Mark Cardenas (D-Phoenix). HB 2312 passed 53-4 in the House and 25-3 in the Senate.

SB 1047 – Lottery Prizewinners; Confidentiality

Sponsored by Sen. John Kavanagh (R- Fountain Hills), SB 1047 keeps the names of lottery winners confidential for 90 days from the date the prize is awarded. The same confidentiality does not extend to information regarding the prizewinner’s city and county of residence. The prizewinner is allowed to waive the confidentiality requirements. After 90 days, the prizewinner’s name becomes public record.