A bill to allow instant bingo tickets at approved bingo halls passed its first House committee in a 6-3 vote.
Supporters are hoping it becomes law this year to help pump up dwindling revenues at charity bingo games that support veterans’ assistance programs.
"There are 54 vans that we need to buy, maintain, to haul these veterans from their homes to medical appointments, to other appointments and there’s no other public transportation that can do it," says Charley Price with Disabled American Veterans. "We have to have the money."
The instant bingo bill passed last year after several tries, but Governor Bush vetoed it out of concerns it would expand gambling.
The bill has at least one more committee to go on both the House and Senate side before it can go before either chamber for a vote.