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Annotation 880.0017

880.0017 Bingo, Definition.

The term "bingo," as used in section 19(c) of Article IV of the California Constitution, refers to a particular game of that name commonly played in California when the voters added section 19(c) in 1976 and does not embrace any other game or activity included in the legislative definition of bingo contained in the first sentence of Penal Code section 326.5(n).

The 1979 amendment of Penal Code section 326.5(n) including punch-boards in the legislative definition of bingo exceeded the authority of the Legislature to permit charitable bingo granted by the 1976 amendment of the Constitution. OAG 6/26/1980 (No. 80-115, Vol. 63, p. 524).