Bryant is sponsoring a bill to make veterans organizations exempt from obtaining a commercial beano hall permit when renting out facilities to organizations already registered to conduct beano or bingo games.
“Veterans organizations are able to organize events and support charitable causes by hosting fundraising events throughout the year. Beano or bingo games are a major way that these organizations are able to meet their fundraising goals,” Bryant said at the public hearing. “Requiring veterans’ organizations to pay both a fee to conduct beano events and a fee to host beano events is redundant and this redundancy takes away from their core mission to support Maine veterans, their families and the local community.”
Many veterans’ organizations rely on beano games in order to fundraise for charities and local events commemorating Memorial Day and Veterans Day. This bill would allow veterans organizations to maximize their funds for their charitable, community-building work.