Rep. Hilde Kellogg got a last-minute bill through the House on Wednesday raising the stakes for charitable bingo in Idaho and creating an advisory commission to respond to bingo operators’ concerns.
The measure is designed to make charitable bingo operations in Idaho more competitive with those in Washington, Kellogg said. The maximum jackpot would rise from $1,200 to $1,500 per game, and from $5,000 to $10,000 per bingo session.
The bill, which passed the House 56-8, now goes to the Senate. It does not affect tribal bingo. Kellogg said she proposed the bill at the request of charitable bingo operators in Post Falls.