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2011 House Bill 5009: Exempt senior center poker from (private) gambling ban
Introduced by Rep. Pete Lund (R) on September 27, 2011 To exempt low stakes card games (25-cent maximum “ante” and $5 maximum "pot" and initial entry buy-in) in senior centers from state prohibitions on (private) gambling. Under current law the exemption applies only to senior citizen housing facilities.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on September 27, 2011
Reported in the House on February 29, 2012 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on March 28, 2012 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that would extend the bill's scope to senior citizens playing cards anywhere, not just in a government senior center.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on March 28, 2012
Substitute offered by Rep. Pete Lund (R) on March 28, 2012 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that limits the bill's scope to just government senior centers, not private ones.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 28, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Edward McBroom (R) on March 28, 2012 To remove a provision that would have limited the bill's scope by requiring there be at least 15 senior citizens who want to play cards in a senior center.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 28, 2012
Passed 106 to 4 in the House on March 29, 2012 To exempt low stakes card games (25-cent maximum “ante” and $5 maximum "pot" and initial entry buy-in) in government (but not private) senior centers from state prohibitions on (private) gambling. Under current law the exemption applies only to senior citizen housing facilities.
Received in the Senate on April 17, 2012
Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on April 17, 2012
Reported in the Senate on May 22, 2012 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 6, 2012 (same description)
To exempt low stakes card games (25-cent maximum “ante” and $5 maximum "pot" and initial entry buy-in) in government (but not private) senior centers from state prohibitions on (private) gambling. Under current law the exemption applies only to senior citizen housing facilities.

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