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TO AMEND SECTION 12-21-4270, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO APPLICATION TO OBTAIN BINGO CARDS, SO AS TO DELETE THE OPTION TO PAY FOR THE CARDS BY CHECK AND CORRESPONDING PROCEDURES IN CONNECTION WITH A CHECK RETURNED BY THE DRAWEE BANK.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 12-21-4270 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 334 of 2002, is further amended to read:
"Section 12-21-4270. Each licensed nonprofit organization or promoter, in the name of a licensed organization, may obtain bingo cards approved by the department by making application and remitting sixteen and one-half percent of the total face value of the cards to be purchased. Payment to the State for the issuance of bingo cards must be made by
check, certified check, any electronic method, or cash within fifteen days of receipt of the application. If payment is made by check and the check is returned by the bank for any reason, the organization or promoter then is required to make payment to the department by certified funds for the remainder of the time that the bingo session is in operation. Upon receipt of the application, the department shall notify a licensed distributor who has purchased bingo cards from a licensed manufacturer that the licensed distributor may release the face value of the bingo cards requested to the licensed organization or promoter. However, no additional bingo cards must be released until payment is received for the prior application of bingo cards. The department is required to set forth procedures to ensure that there is a crosscheck between manufacturers, distributors, and licensed nonprofit organizations or promoters. A quarterly return is required by each manufacturer, distributor, and licensed nonprofit organization or promoter on or before the last day of the month following the close of the calendar quarter outlining those items the department determines necessary to verify the sale and distribution of bingo cards. The sale of bingo cards and entrance fees provided by Section 12-21-4030 are not subject to the admissions tax provided by Section 12-21-2420."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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