[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence 5-7-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-10. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the purpose of this chapter to regulate all games of chance held, operated or conducted within the Township, pursuant to acts of the legislature of the State of New Jersey known as the “Bingo Licensing Law” and the “Raffles Licensing Law” 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.
All licensees authorized by law to conduct any games of chance, including raffles and bingo, shall be permitted to conduct the same on any day of the week, including Sundays.
No license to conduct a game of chance as authorized by law shall be issued to any organization not having a bona fide situs established in good faith within the State of New Jersey and actively engaged in serving one or more of the authorized purposes as defined by the rules and regulations of the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission.
No games of chance shall be conducted under any license at any time during which a general municipal, primary, special or Board of Education election is being held, while the polls are open for voting.
As provided by the regulations of the Legalized Games of Chance Commission, the municipal licensing fee shall be in the same amount as the fee payable to the Legalized Games of Chance Commission, provided, however, that there shall be no separate licensing fee payable to the Township of Florence by any organization with a majority of its membership consisting of residents of the Township of Florence.
Penalties for violation of this chapter shall be as provided in the Florence Township Code § 1-10, or as provided in the New Jersey Administrative Code.