State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome, is calling for the formulation of regulations for the Charitable Gaming Act or for state gaming commission members to be removed if they do not take such action, according to a release. Griffo recently sent a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul expressing his concerns with the commission’s failure to act on this matter.
The Charitable Gaming Act — which was cosponsored by Griffo and signed into law Dec. 18, 2017 — would allow non-profit charitable groups to sell raffle tickets online and accept debit/credit card payments for fundraising activities. Previously, state regulations required cash-only sales of raffle tickets, which negatively affected local charitable raffles.
“However, despite a June 2018 deadline to finalize regulations, the Gaming Commission has yet to take such action. This has impeded and limited fundraising activities for charitable organizations throughout the state,” a release from Griffo’s office explains.
In his letter to Hochul, Griffo writes, “The Charitable Gaming Act was signed into law in December 2017. Had the Gaming Commission performed its duties responsibly and formulated regulations as the law stipulated for it to go into effect, the various not-for-profits that stand to benefit would have been able to sell charitable raffle tickets online as well as make those sales through debit and credit card transactions ... the June 2018 deadline for those regulations to have been formulated was completely ignored by the Gaming Commission....
Griffo’s letter continues, “The Gaming Commission ... must act and formulate the final regulations so that these deserving entities may host events and conduct business to maximum effect. Should the agency fail to formalize regulations prior to the beginning of the holiday season, I would suggest that the six individuals who sit on the Commission be relieved of their duties and replaced by people who will not deprive perfectly good charities of the opportunity to raise money and do business the way the law intends.”