SB878 was passed today by the Michigan Senate with a vote of 37-0. 21 cosponsors have now signed on in support of Senator Rick Jones’ (R-Grand Ledge) efforts to help the charities maintain this current fundraising mechanism. Senator Jones deserves our heartfelt thanks!
The MiCGA has been working hard on the front lines to save charitable gaming. It has been a long and arduous fight, but we have made significant progress in the last three months. The next two hurdles we face are 1) passage of SB878 in the House of Representatives and 2) funding the good work of our organization. Please forward this message to as many charities as you know who participate in millionaire parties and ask them to donate to the MiCGA whether they are a member or not. Attached is a letter from Tony Macksoud, President of the MiCGA. Please take a moment to read this and help the charities who have been members and fighting this fight on behalf of everyone since 2008! Click Here for a copy of the letter.
NOW is the time to convince the House of Representatives to take up our bill! As of today, they have not committed to running SB878 in the House. We need to change that. You can do this by contacting your own Representative today (even if you have already contacted them about the charitable gaming issue, now that they have a bill in their chamber, you can make a second or third call.) Tell them specifically “Support Senate Bill 878!”
You can find your Representative by clicking here.
If you have not already, do not wait a moment longer to contact House leadership. These are the people listed below. They include the Speaker, the Majority Floor leader and the members of the House Committee on Regulatory Affairs who will consider SB878 first, before the full body does. You can contact them whether or not you live in their district.
Contact the House of Representatives 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 as passed the Senate:
- 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 4 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 $20,000 in chips to be issued by a charity in a day if a charity uses a charitable service provider. It allows a charity conducting the event completely on their own to sell up to $50,000 in chips.
- 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.