|Posted:||March 29, 2021 03:09 PM|
|From:||Representative Barry J. Jozwiak|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Small Games of Chance License Fee Waive|
|The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt just about every part of our economy, including our service organizations that use Small Games of Chance to raise funds for charitable purposes.
These organizations are the backbone of our communities, providing a place for our veterans to congregate, supporting many local charities, and funding many local community projects. Many clubs were closed due to the governor’s business closure order. As restrictions have lifted, many have re-opened but with indoor seating limits.
Currently, under the Small Games of Chance Act, an eligible organization pays an annual fee of $125 for a regular small games of chance license. This fee is used by the county treasurers (the licensing authority) to administer the act.
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that will waive this fee for the current year. This small gesture can help our organizations as they recover from the loss they suffered during the pandemic.
We need to ensure these clubs can eventually fully reopen their doors and get back to fundraising for our local charities and projects that our communities will desperately need as our state recovers.
Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation for our service organizations.
Introduced as HB1216