New rules planned to oversee charitable gaming
The Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority on Friday reviewed proposed changes that will be introduced as a bill in the 2014 legislative session to better regulate the charitable gaming industry and ensure charities receive the money they are due.
White Sand Gaming consultant Maureen Williamson told the commission earlier that the state does not have the regulatory structure to determine how much is bet at the 10 charitable gaming facilities around the state.
One of the recommendations from Mike Williams of the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission was to ensure that charities do receive 35 percent of the net earnings. Some facilities charge charities fees for rental and book keeping, etc. which results in some charities receiving less than 35 percent of the proceeds.
Williams said the Attorney General's Office may not have the resources to do all the checks that would be needed, so the requirement could be phased in.
But authority member Kathy Sullivan suggested the commission might want to be more specific about why contracts would be rejected.
Authority chair Rep. Richard Ames, D-Jaffrey, said he was concerned the proposed changes would have on the resources of the Attorney General's Office, the charitable gaming commission and operators.
The authority also decided to include such things as tax rates and video slot machine and table game caps in its proposed legislation on a regulatory structure for casino gambling, reversing an earlier decision.
"It would not make sense without it," Ames said.
The commission will meet Dec. 6 to review the draft legislation and report and again Dec. 12 to view the final report.
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