California Charities Raise Stakes In Bingo Machine Battle

A handful of dingy bingo parlours operating in California are riling tribal casinos, provoking two legal battles and stirring worries about potential multi-million dollar consequences for state budget coffers.Last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation to ban Class II electronic bingo games from use by charities and non-tribal gambling halls.

But despite the law going into effect, January 1, a group of bingo parlours, numbering less than a dozen, have continued operating in the capital of Sacramento and elsewhere in California under a federal court injunction granted last year.

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