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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11/6/22  2:45 pm
Commenter: Linda Lee Schofield - Hampton Moose and Warwick Moose Lodges and Chapters

Please reconsider the 40% and be fair to all.

The Moose Fraternity is an International Organization of men and women dedicated to caring for young and old, bringing communities closer together, and celebrating life.

Moose membership is based on being charitable and supporting our community.  However, Moose members want something in return for paying their dues.  We provide them a safe, clean, well-organized place to spend their free time with family and friends.  They also enjoy that they can socialize, eat, and drink at reasonable prices; but we cannot offer them this advantage if we cannot afford to keep our Lodges open!

I read a lot of the previous messages, but I was really impressed by the one from the Lady at Smyth Mountain Lake Moose. So, I copied and pasted it below.  She hits the nail on the head!

We are a private fraternal organization. Our members play the machines. Now quests can play with a member's money. But we can't pay employees to police this policy!

Can we use gaming proceeds to pay bills? No gaming money, no electric, no water, no internet to keep the machines connected and no building because we can't pay insurance and the mortgage or do upkeep on the building and grounds.

Members spend their money to play the machines at the lodge, but we can't use that money to have entertainment in the Social Quarters for the members who play the machines and keep the lodge going?

Why 40% donations? Bingo which is open to the public is 10%.

What will count as UOP to meet the 40%? Please spell out exactly what we can use as UOP.

Do the Casinos have to make large donations as well?

Do the gas station "Skill" games have to make donations?

Let's be fair here.


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