Indiana lawmakers look at charity gaming regulations

Proposed changes to Indiana’s charitable gambling regulations seek to expand the industry and streamline licensing, but don’t include the ability to pay people who organize events.

Posted: Jan 14, 2019 12:02 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Proposed changes to Indiana’s charitable gambling regulations seek to expand the industry and streamline licensing, but don’t include the ability to pay people who organize events.

The Journal Gazette reports that Republican Rep. Ben Smaltz is carrying the legislation, which would allow for higher prize payouts and more nonprofits to offer charity gaming. However, the legislation isn’t seeking to alter the requirement that organizations use volunteers to hold events, such as bingo, raffles, festivals and casino nights.

Sara Gonso Tait is executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission. She says the commission is avoiding policy discussions and focusing on making the system more efficient.

The industry had $413 million in gross revenue in 2017, with $66 million in profits. Funds go to churches, veterans groups, volunteer fire departments and youth programs.

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