[HISTORY: Derived from Sec. 4-3 of the 1999 Code of the Township of Clinton; amended in its entirety 5-23-2007 by Ord. No. 924-07. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As provided for by N.J.S.A. 5:8-24, et seq., and N.J.S.A. 5:8-50 et seq., qualifying organizations may conduct games of chance known as bingo and raffles within the Township of Clinton.
No qualifying organization shall conduct bingo or a raffle without first having applied for and received a license pursuant to state law.
The issuing authority for the Township of Clinton responsible for approving bingo and raffle licenses shall be the Municipal Clerk.
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.
A bingo or raffle license may be issued for any day of the year without limitation as provided by N.J.S.A. 5:8-31 and N.J.S.A. 5:8-58.
Any person violating the provisions hereof shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 and incarceration in the county jail for a term not to exceed six months.
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 hearing, 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.