[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Somers Point 6-22-2017 by Ord. No. 9-2017. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter is for the purpose of regulating all games of chance held, operated or conducted within the City of Somers Point, pursuant to the Bingo Licensing Law, N.J.S.A. 5:8-24 et seq., and the Raffles Licensing Law, N.J.S.A. 5:8-50 et seq., and in accordance with the rules and regulations issued or to be promulgated by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission in the Department of Law and Public Safety of the State of New Jersey. All applications, licenses and proceedings in connection therewith shall be subject to the provisions of such Acts and the rules and regulations and any laws, rules and regulations hereafter enacted and shall be further subject to the provisions of this chapter.
No organization shall submit an application to conduct a bingo or raffle without first having registered with the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission as a qualifying organization.
No qualifying organization shall conduct a bingo or raffle without first having applied for and received a license pursuant to state law and this chapter.
The Somers Point City Clerk, and the Somers Point Deputy City Clerk in the City Clerk's absence, are authorized and delegated by the governing body to be the issuing authority for raffle and gaming licenses in the City of Somers Point, County of Atlantic.
The Municipal Clerk shall report the issuance of such licenses to the City Council not less than monthly.
All completed applications for bingo or raffle licenses shall be submitted to the City Clerk on forms required by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission, together with the required fees, pursuant N.J.A.C. 13:47-4.9, and sufficiently in advance of the planned event to allow compliance with the time frames required by state law. The applicant shall demonstrate, in writing, compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and regulations.
The City Clerk, and/or the Deputy City Clerk, and the Chief of Police shall be responsible to make all investigations of the qualifications of each applicant as required by N.J.S.A. 5:8-27 or N.J.S.A. 5:8-52.
The issuing authority shall approve or deny all applications for bingo or raffle licenses with due expedition after the filing of the application.
No raffle, bingo or other game of chance license shall be issued except in compliance with the time period required by law or regulations.
A bingo or raffle license may be issued for any day of the year without limitation, as provided by N.J.S.A. 5:8-31 and N.J.S.A. 5:8-58.
The City Council, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 5:8-30 and N.J.S.A. 5:8-57, may suspend and revoke any issued bingo or raffle license, after a hearing, for any violation of this chapter or state law. The Council may suspend the operation of a bingo or raffle pending hearing, in which case a hearing must be held within five days after such action. Notice of a hearing shall be served personally upon an officer of the licensee or the member in charge of the conduct of the bingo or raffle or sent by registered mail or certified mail to the licensee at the address shown on the license. All decisions and findings by the Council regarding the suspension or revocation of a bingo or raffle license shall be in writing.
Penalties for violation shall be as prescribed in N.J.S.A. 5:8-30.1, N.J.S.A. 5:8-30.2, N.J.S.A. 5:8-57.1, N.J.S.A. 5:8-57.2. or N.J.S.A. 5:8-68, as applicable.
A certified copy of this chapter shall be filed with the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission by the Somers Point City Clerk within 10 days after same has been adopted, and thereafter as required by N.J.S.A. 5:8-22.