|Action||Promulgation of Charitable Gaming Regulations by Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, including electronic gaming provisions|
|Comment Period||Ends 11/23/2022|
There is no questions that the money generated from electronic pull tabs has helped all the fraternal organizations fulfill their obligations to their national organizational charities as well as many local endeavors. There have been examples shown in almost every comment. From homeless shelters, Veteran causes, schools, Food Banks, etc. Setting the proceeds up to 40% from 10% is not cost effective to us as Elks. Have you even researched to see what fraternal organizations are doing with their proceeds? To put regulations like this into effect without even knowing the amount of money given to charity under the current laws seems reckless.
Fraternal organizations like the Elks and others depend on the proceeds from electronic gaming to pay their bills and keep their lodges open. The clubs that have these games rely on both paid and volunteer members to maintain the games, count the money, make bank runs. I can't image anyone volunteering to do this job for no compensation and then force them to have separate bank accounts, make deposits to a bank every 48 hours and be on site every hour their Social Quarters are open.
To make these regulations retroactive to July is again unreasonable. How do you pass laws/regulations on events that already have occurred? These Fraternals were operating within the guidelines that they knew were correct at the time they were doing it. How can you enforce regulations when there were no regulations?