In what likely is a first in Colorado history, Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed a bill into law using a fountain pen and two Uncle Sam-themed bingo daubers.
The daubers were the courtesy of Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, whose office oversees bingo operations.
Two Republicans, Rep. Cole Wist of Centennial, and Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango, sponsored House Bill 1189.
The measure, which passed with unanimous support in both the House and the Senate, repeals certain restrictions on bingo-raffle licensure and authorizes the secretary of state’s expanded discretion on the rules and regulations governing bingo-raffles and bingo-raffle licensure.
The measure took some fun turns through the House. That’s because early this year Wist was elected to fill a vacancy and his colleagues decided to do some hazing, such as initially voting “no” on the measure in committee while Wist watched in shock.
Williams said Wist could keep the dauber with the red hat, while the Democratic governor could keep the one with the blue hat in case he had more bills he wanted to daub.
“Your first bill?” Hickenlooper asked Wist.
“Bingo,” the lawmaker responded.
Two Secretary of State staffers who oversee bingo operations, Lynn Waring and Lisa Marty, as well as Mike Hardin, the director of Business and Licensing, participated in the bill signing.