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Nixon to sign bingo bill

By Associated Press

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation to help boost business at the state's bingo halls.

The legislation would let bingo parlors open earlier, close later and offer games twice a week instead of just once a week.

It would also allow bingo operators to spend up to 10 percent of their receipts on advertising. The limit is now 2 percent.

Supporters say the changes are designed to help bingo halls compete with casinos. Bingo can be operated only by charitable, religious, veteran, fraternal and service organizations.

The bill was among several that Nixon planned to sign Tuesday during a ceremony in his Capitol office.

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