Action Alert: Phone Calls Needed in Support of SB 878: Millionaire Party RulesThe Legislature is just over a week away from their summer break and the House could potentially leave without taking up SB 878: millionaire party rules. If the Legislature goes on break without passing the bill it could prove disastrous for hundreds of charities, businesses, and conservation clubs.
As many of you probably recall, the Michigan Gaming Control Board proposed a set of rules that would make the use of poker rooms as a fundraising source much more difficult. However, earlier this year Senator Jones introduced SB 878, which essentially codifies the existing rules, allowing our clubs much more flexibility when using poker rooms to fund-raise.
You have all been instrumental in getting SB 878 through the Senate but now we need one final push in order to get it through the House. All of the phone calls and emails that legislators have been receiving are working. Speaker of the House Bolger and Governor Snyder are realizing there is widespread support for the bill and are beginning listening to your calls and emails.
Please contact House leadership and the Governor today and ask them to support SB 878!
Representative Jase Bolger: 517-373-1787 or by email at: JaseBolger@house.mi.gov Representative Hugh Crawford: 517-373-0827 or by email at: HughCrawford@house.mi.gov Governor Rick Snyder at: (517) 373-3400 or at (517) 335-7858
Below is a brief analysis of Senate Bill 878:
• SB 878 would codify into statute rules already in existence, and further clarify concerns that have come up over the years. • Separates Bingo from millionaire parties by creating two articles under the act. • Establishes application requirements for the charities and gives the review and approval process to the Director, also sets the fee. • Allows for charities to have 4 millionaire parties a year, with 4 days of gaming for each license. • Allows for 6 charities to have millionaire parties per location at any point in time. • Allows for advertisement of the event to be conducted by the charity. • Authorizes the locations and equipment to be used by charities. • Establishes duties of the charity to conduct the event, and requires a chairperson and record keeper during the whole process. • Allows for no more than $15,000 in chips to be issued by a charity in a day. • Expenses for a millionaire party cannot exceed 50%, and need to go to the lawful purpose of the charity. • Allows for hired security or persons of a charity to serve as security. • Annual licensing process and fee for Charitable Gaming Service Providers (CGSP) and stipulates services they are allowed to offer a charity. • Limits the services a CGSP can provide to those the Director approves them to offer. • Requires background checks to be conducted by the Gaming Board. • Requires a CGSP to maintain records. • Establishes penalties for a violation of this act and outlines the steps a charity or a CGSP can take if they disagree. • Suspend any rules created within the last year, and grandfather provision for supplies to be considered Charitable Gaming Service Providers.
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