[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Medford 1-14-2003 by Ord. No. 2002-37. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm, group, association or organization whatsoever shall operate or conduct any game of chance as the same is defined in the Raffles Licensing Law, N.J.S.A. 5:8-50 et seq., or as may hereafter be amended and supplemented, without first obtaining a license therefor from the Township of Medford Council, which license shall be issued to bona fide organizations or associations of veterans of any war in which the United States has been engaged, churches or religious congregations and religious organizations, charitable, educational and fraternal organizations, civic and service clubs, senior citizens associations and clubs, officially recognized volunteer fire companies, and officially recognized volunteer first aid or rescue squads, to hold and operate the specific kind of game or games of chance commonly known as a raffle or raffles, pursuant to and subject to the provisions of the aforementioned statute and the rules and regulations of the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission of the State of New Jersey.
Each applicant for a raffle license shall file with the Clerk of the municipality a written application therefor in the form prescribed in the regulations promulgated by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission, N.J.A.C. 13:47-1.1 et seq.
The application shall contain the following information:
The name and address of the applicant together with sufficient facts relating to its incorporation and organization to enable the governing body of the municipality to determine whether or not it is a bona fide organization, as set forth above;
The names and addresses of the organization's officers;
The specific kind or kinds of raffle or raffles intended to be held, operated and conducted by the applicant;
The place or places where the raffle or raffles are to be held;
The date or dates and time or times when such raffle or raffles are intended to be held, operated or conducted;
The items of expense intended to be incurred or paid in connection with the holding, operating or conducting of such raffle or raffles and the names and addresses of the persons to whom, and the purposes for which they are to be paid;
The specific purposes to which the entire net proceeds of such raffle or raffles shall be devoted and in what manner;
That no commission, salary, compensation, reward or recompense will be paid to any person for holding, operating or conducting raffle or raffles;
That no prize will be offered and given in cash except as permitted in N.J.S.A. 5:8-50 et seq. and the regulations promulgated by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission;
A description of the value and character of the prizes which are to be given; and
Any other information which said rules and regulations require.
In each application there shall be designated an active member or members of the applicant under whom the raffle or raffles are to be held, operated and conducted and the application shall be appended a statement executed by the applicant and by the member or members so designated, that he/she or they will be responsible for the holding, operation and conduct of such raffle or raffles in accordance with the terms of the license and the provisions of said rules and regulations governing the holding, operation and conduct of such raffle or raffles and of the statutes, if the license is granted.
License applications shall be filed in quadruplicate with the Municipal Clerk. One copy shall be retained by the Municipal Clerk, the second copy shall be returned to the applicant after a license has been granted or denied by the governing body. The third copy shall be forwarded to the Control Commission by the Municipal Clerk and the fourth copy shall be delivered to the law enforcement agency in the municipality.
No application shall be accepted unless the applicant at the time of filing the application exhibits a valid registration certificate issued to it by the Control Commission bearing its identification number which shall be entered on the application.
Whenever a licensee shall submit an application for a raffles license to the Municipal Clerk, two sample raffle tickets shall accompany the application.
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:47-4.10, the Township Clerk shall charge a fee in an amount equal to the amount charged by the Control Commission as set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:47-49c at the time the application is filed.
Upon receipt of the application the Township Clerk must verify that the application complies with the provisions of this chapter, state statutes and regulations.
The governing body of the municipality shall make an investigation of the qualifications of each applicant and the merits of the application, with due expedition after the filing of the application, and if it shall determine that the applicant is duly qualified to be licensed under the Raffles Licensing Law, N.J.S.A. 5:8-50 et seq., governing the holding, operation and conduct thereof in the municipality and the requirements set forth in § 116-2, and the rules and regulations, it shall issue a license to the applicant for the holding, operation and conduct of the specific kind, or one or more of the specific kinds, of raffles applied for accordingly, upon the payment of a license fee as prescribed by regulation promulgated by the Control Commission.
No license for the holding, operation or conduct of any game or games of chance shall be issued under this act which shall be effective for a period of more than one year.
No application for the issuance of a license shall be refused by the governing body until after a hearing is held on due notice to the applicant, at which time the applicant shall be entitled to be heard upon the qualifications of the applicant and the merits of the application.
Each license shall be in such form as shall be prescribed in the rules and regulations promulgated by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission and shall contain a description of the kind or kinds of raffle or raffles authorized to be held, operated and conducted thereunder, a statement of the name and address of the licensee, of the names and addresses of the member or members of the applicant under whom such raffle or raffles will be held, operated and conducted, of the number of times, or the hours during which, such raffle or raffles are authorized to be conducted and the place or places where and the date or dates and time or times when, such raffle or raffles are to be conducted and of the specific purposes to which the entire net proceeds of such raffle or raffles are to be devoted, a statement of the value and character of the prizes authorized to be offered and given, and any other information which may be required by said rules and regulations, to be contained therein, and each license issued for the conduct of any raffle shall be conspicuously displayed at the place where any game is to be conducted thereunder at all times during the conduct thereof.
Raffles are permitted to be held on the first day of the week commonly known and designated as a Sunday.
Any person violating any provision of the aforementioned statute and/or the rules and regulations of the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission of the State of New Jersey shall be penalized in accordance with N.J.S.A. 5:8-57 et seq.