|The House and Senate have been on break since March 29. As you recall, Senate Bill 878 was passed out of the Senate Committee and currently sits on the Senate Calendar awaiting action by the entire Senate when they return on April 22.
The rules as introduced the week of March 25 will go into effect on May 6, according to our sources, unless the House and Senate pass Senate Bill 878. We learned today that the House of Representatives is not inclined to help the Senate by passing SB 878. It is extremely important that you contact each of the people listed below this week. Please have every single organization that receives your charity’s contributions contact each of these legislators, whether or not you are located in their district. We know that there have been a lot of phone calls requested of you, but now is the time to once again ACT! This is extremely important.
We also learned that the Governor’s Office will have a major announcement on this issue on or around May 1st. We are working to get more information about this announcement. We were told no new supplier licenses were being issued in light of this announcement. We have also noticed no new millionaire party licenses have been issued to charities after May 10th.
Below is a brief analysis of Senate Bill 878, as was requested by many of you.
Contact the following legislators TODAY!
- Jase Bolger, (R), Speaker of the House, 63rd District, 517-373-1787
- Jim Stamas (R), Majority Floor Leader, 98th District, 517-373-1791
- Hugh D. Crawford (R) Committee Chair, 38th District, 517-373-0827
- Ed McBroom (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 108th District, 517-373-0156
- Cindy Denby (R) 47th District, 517-373-8835
- Tom McMillin (R) 45th District, 517-373-1773
- Andrea LaFontaine (R) 32nd District, 517-373-8931
- Bruce Rendon (R) 103rd District, 517-373-3817
- Ken Yonker (R) 72nd District, 517-373-0840
- Tim Kelly (R) 94th District, 517-373-0837
- Klint Kesto (R) 39th District, 517-373-1799
- Harold Haugh (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 22nd District, 517-373-0854
- Theresa Abed (D) 71st District, 517-373-0853
- Woodrow Stanley (D) 34th District, 517-373-8808
- Scott Dianda (D) 110th District, 517-373-0850
- David Nathan (D) 8th District, 517-373-3815
- Andy Schor (D) 68th District, 517-373-0826
Analysis of SB 878 as it passed out of Senate Committee:
- SB 878 would codify into statute rules already in existence, and further clarify concerns that have come up over the years.
- Separates Bingo from millionaire parties by creating two articles under the act.
- Establishes application requirements for the charities and gives the review and approval process to the Director, also sets the fee.
- Allows for charities to have 4 millionaire parties a year, with 4 days of gaming for each license.
- Allows for 6 charities to have millionaire parties per location at any point in time.
- Allows for advertisement of the event to be conducted by the charity.
- Authorizes the locations and equipment to be used by charities in the following manner:
- Organization owns/rents a location (permanent basis) and owns the equipment used for the games
- Organization(s) rents a location (just for an event) and equipment is provided for by the organization (own the equipment)
- Organization owns/rents a location (permanent basis) and rents the equipment (just for an event) from a Charitable Gaming Service Provider (CGSP)
- Organization rents the location (just for event) and the equipment (just for event) from a CGSP
- Location owned, rented, leased, or operated by a CGSP.
- Establishes duties of the charity to conduct the event, and requires a chairperson and record keeper during the whole process.
- Allows for no more than $15,000 in chips to be issued by a charity in a day.
- Expenses for a millionaire party cannot exceed 50%, and need to go to the lawful purpose of the charity.
- Allows for hired security or persons of a charity to serve as security.
- Annual licensing process and fee for Charitable Gaming Service Providers (CGSP) and stipulates services they are allowed to offer a charity, including:
- Dealers w/ background checks
- Limits the services a CGSP can provide to those the Director approves them to offer.
- Requires background checks to be conducted by the Gaming Board.
- Requires a CGSP to maintain records.
- Establishes penalties for a violation of this act and outlines the steps a charity or a CGSP can take if they disagree.
- Suspend any rules created within the last year, and grandfather provision for supplies to be considered Charitable Gaming Service Providers.