|Action||Promulgation of Charitable Gaming Regulations by Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, including electronic gaming provisions|
|Comment Period||Ended on 11/23/2022|
I would like to make 2 comments regarding the increase to 40% in charitable gaming donations and dis-allowing part of the gaming proceeds to be used for payroll and utilities in Moose Lodges. For a long time most moose lodges that did not have bingo struggled to make ends meet with just proceeds from their social quarters until charitable gaming came into place. With the use of electronic pull tabs, our lodges have been able to not only put money back into our communities, but also donate to all local fire, rescue, police, local schools and places like St. Jude, Massey Cancer, Gleaming for the World to mention a few. If the required amount of giving is raised to 40% and the right to use gaming as a means for payroll and utilities is taken away, there would be no reason to continue with electronic pull tabs which would hurt all lodges efforts to support their communities as well as other charitable organizations.
Giving to our community and places like St Jude are high on our list in giving, but 40% is too high and not being able to use gaming for payroll and utilities will further the reason that lodges could fail. there is a big need for Moose Lodges in all towns, cities and communities, just ask any member or agency that we contribute too!