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Article - Criminal Law


    (a)    A person authorized to conduct bingo under this subtitle shall obtain a bingo permit from the county agency that issues a bingo permit.

    (b)    Any of the following organizations, if a legal resident of the county, may conduct bingo to benefit charity in the county or to further the purposes of one of the following organizations:

        (1)    a bona fide:

            (i)    religious organization;

            (ii)    fraternal organization;

            (iii)    patriotic organization;

            (iv)    educational organization;

            (v)    civic organization;

            (vi)    war veterans’ organization;

            (vii)    hospital;

            (viii)    amateur athletic organization; or

            (ix)    charitable organization;

        (2)    a volunteer:

            (i)    fire company;

            (ii)    rescue company; or

            (iii)    ambulance company; or

        (3)    an auxiliary for a volunteer:

            (i)    fire company;

            (ii)    rescue company; or

            (iii)    ambulance company.

    (c)    (1)    A person who is not a legal resident of Frederick County may not conduct bingo.

        (2)    Notwithstanding paragraph (1) of this subsection, each year the Frederick County Agricultural Association may sell or lease a right or concession to any person to conduct bingo at the Frederick County Fair.

    (d)    (1)    To qualify for a bingo permit, a person shall meet the requirements set by Frederick County.

        (2)    The county may require an applicant for a bingo permit to pay a permit fee set by the county.

    (e)    A person who conducts bingo may not offer or award:

        (1)    a prize or award with a fair market value exceeding $5,000; or

        (2)    a money prize exceeding $5,000.

    (f)    Frederick County may adopt regulations to carry out this section.

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