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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 30, 2019 04:41 PM
From: Representative Scott Conklin
To: All House members
Subject: A winner in every deal
Did you know that the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act does not include card games as an option for non-profit organizations to raise money? Sadly, non-profits such as volunteer fire companies are struggling to make ends meet and many of the grant programs once available through the Commonwealth no longer exist. It is time we give these organizations additional options to raise much needed funds to allow them to operate.

We all know non-profit organizations are the backbone of our communities. Could you imagine your town without a volunteer fire company or volunteer EMS? Without these organizations, the responsibility to provide safety and security to our residents would fall on our local governments, which would mean the need for higher taxes to provide these invaluable services. Rather than putting additional fiscal constraints on the already overburdened taxpayers, I propose allowing non-profit organizations to take advantage of the popularity of card games such as Texas Hold’em by allowing them to host card games in order to generate revenues.

While for-profit entities are reaping the benefits of offering card games to consumers, our local non-profits are utilizing the same limited options offered to them in current law. Help me help our non-profits with their revenue problem by allowing them to take advantage of the popularity of card games.