Department of Public Protection
New Law Eases Paperwork for Charities with Limited Gaming
Charities that operate only limited gaming for fundraising now have less paperwork, thanks to legislation supported by Governor Ernie Fletcher and passed by the 2007 Kentucky General Assembly. The legislation, House Bill 156, took effect June 26.
“This administration recognized that the reporting requirements for charitable gaming imposed an undue hardship on organizations that conduct limited gaming,” said Tim LeDonne, commissioner of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. “We want to ease the regulatory burden on these volunteer groups while maintaining appropriate fiscal oversight.”
Under the new law, a charity that grosses less than $200,000 a year and that does not have weekly bingo games is required to submit financial reports to the state Office of Charitable Gaming once a year rather than quarterly, as previously required of all charities. This change affects about 350 out of 800 (44 percent) licensed charities.
The new law also expands the Charitable Gaming Advisory Council from nine to 11 members, specifies that the board must have at least one representative from a veteran’s group, a Catholic charity and a volunteer fire department. It authorizes the council to review and be given a chance to comment on proposed changes in regulations governing charitable gaming.
The Office of Charitable Gaming is part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.