Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Charitable Gaming
Charitable Gaming Regulations [11 VAC 20 ‑ 20]
Action Promulgation of Charitable Gaming Regulations by Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, including electronic gaming provisions
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 11/23/2022
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11/22/22  3:00 pm
Commenter: Brenda Kearns, Fraternal Order of Eagles 3204 Member

Proposed Charitable Gaming Regulation Changes

I joined the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary over a year ago when my husband and I moved to Virginia Beach. I was, and remain, impressed by their immense dedication of fundraising for other charitable organizations. They are a non-profit organization that truly lives up to their motto "People Helping People". The proposed legislation would drastically impact the clubs ability to function, and ultimately decrease funds to charities, not increase them.

In order to have gaming in our organizations they need to be able to pay the few employees who are not volunteers and maintain and manage our clubs. The FOE gives 100% of their surplus proceeds to charity, but the requirement of the proposed 40% use of proceeds could very likely cause the majority of our FOE's to close their doors. Although a 15 - 20% rate would be much less of an impact on operations, I am failing to understand why gaming is increased from 10 to 40% and bingo remains at 10%.

Our clubs are primarily staffed by volunteers who have full time job commitments. Your proposal to require a second day bank deposit would be difficult at best, nor does it seem necessary. In addition, the added $200 electronic gaming fee over and above a $200 general gaming fee is redundant, please consider remonving this.


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