[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Maple Shade 10-1-1975 as Ch. 63 of the 1975 Code; amended in its entirety 4-16-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-06. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter is for the purpose of regulating 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," N.J.S.A. 5:8-24 et seq., and the "Raffles Licensing Law," N.J.S.A. 5:8-50 et seq., 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.
The issuing authority, as the same is defined in N.J.S.A. 5:8-24 et seq., and N.J.S.A. 5:8-50 et seq., responsible for approving bingo and raffle licenses shall be the Municipal Clerk.
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, as provided by N.J.S.A. 5:8-31 and N.J.S.A. 5:8-58.
The issuing authority shall approve or deny all applications for bingo or raffle licenses with due expedition after the filing of the application. Applications must be filed with the Municipal Clerk, together with required fees pursuant to law. The applicant shall demonstrate, in writing, compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and regulations.
No license to conduct a game of chance as authorized by law shall be issued to any organization not having a bona fide site 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.
The governing body, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 5:8-30 and N.J.S.A. 5:8-57, may suspend and revoke any issued bingo or raffle license, after a healing, for any violation of this chapter or state law. The governing body may suspend the operation of a bingo or raffle pending hearing, in which case a hearing must be held within five days after such action. Notice of a hearing shall be served personally upon an officer of the licensee or the member in charge of the conduct of the bingo or raffle or sent by registered mail or certified mail to the licensee at the address shown on the license. All decisions and findings by the governing body regarding the suspension or revocation of a bingo or raffle license shall be in writing.
Fees for games of chance shall be as set forth in Chapter 88, Fees.