House Bill Will Allow Charities To Keep $$ From Games Of Chance

Members of the House Gaming Oversight Committee this week approved a measure to make further updates to the Small Games of Chance Act, reports state Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

House Bill 290 would make it clear in state law that an entity operating solely in the public interest, such as a volunteer fire company, has the ability to retain 100 percent of its revenue from small games for its own charitable purposes.

The bill also would call for the addition of several new games, such as Chinese auctions and Night at the Races events, and would permit the Department of Revenue to approve new small games of chance through the regulatory process. The permissible games would be only those that have been operating for years in local communities.

House Bill 290 also would make annual reporting forms available in a paper format that can be filed by mail, instead of only online options.

The bill now heads to the full House for consideration.


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