Missouri bingo fans hope vote helps reverse decline in games

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri bingo players are hoping their pastime will rebound from a steady decline after voters approved a constitutional amendment that changes regulation of the game.

The amendment approved Nov. 6 changes language in the Missouri Constitution that limited how many volunteers could help with bingo games.

Previously volunteers had to be with an organization for two years before they could help. The new rule, which takes effect Dec. 6, reduces that time to six months.

Bingo organizers say the two-year requirement made it difficult to find enough volunteers to staff the games.

The new amendment also removes wording that restricted advertising of bingo games. A U.S. District Court ruled in 1998 that provision was unconstitutional,l but the language was never removed.