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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 17, 2015 08:35 AM
From: Representative Scott Conklin
To: All House members
Subject: Card Card Game Contests (former HB769)
 
In the near future, I will re-introduce legislation amending the Local Small Games of Chance Act (House Bill 769 of the 2013-2014 Legislative Session), authorizing volunteer fire companies and other qualified non-profit organizations to raise funds by including card game contests as a viable option.

Currently, eligible organizations are permitted to raise revenue through raffles, drawings and other small games of chance. Card game contests, such as Texas Hold’em, are not specifically listed in the Act and are thus not currently permitted. I believe the intent of the Act was to allow our numerous non-profit organizations to offer various small contests in order to raise needed additional funding that State and local governments may not be able to provide. Over the more than 20 years since the enactment of the Local Small Games of Chance Act, we have seen new games gain increasing popularity and adaptations of old games resurface. My legislation merely updates the narrow list of eligible contests, allowing our non-profits to capitalize on contests that were viewed differently in the past but are popular today.

In a time where public dollars are scarce and difficult to procure for so many worthy organizations, I ask my colleagues to join me in again seeking to provide additional options for non-profits to raise money.

PREVIOUS CO-SPONSORS: CALTAGIRONE, CARROLL, COHEN, DeLUCA, GROVE, HARKINS, KORTZ, MAHONEY, MILLARD, SNYDER, and GOODMAN

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Introduced as HB1307