Senate Panel Approves MacDonald Bill to Support Charity Games

LANSING, Michigan — Senator Michael D. MacDonald’s legislation to use Internet Gaming Fund resources to administer and enforce licenses for charity games was approved Tuesday by the Senate’s Regulatory Reform Committee.

“This two-pronged package would help nonprofits that rely on bingo nights and game parties conserve more of the funds they raise for their charities,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Ever since the effects of the pandemic shutdown on our charities started to take shape, I knew something had to be done to keep them afloat.

“The revenue from online gaming is more than enough to cover the fees charities would otherwise have to pay for these fundraisers. This reform would help these groups become a force for good again for those who really need it.”

Qualifying nonprofits in Michigan can use “millionaire parties” to raise money. These parties are charitable gambling events in which bets are placed on games of chance that are common at a gambling casino where participants use imitation money or chips.

Senate Bill 1111 would add expenses incurred by the director or board of gambling control in the administration and enforcement of millionaire parties to the list of required expenses for income from the tax from online gambling in the Internet Gaming Fund.

SB 1112, sponsored by Senator Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield, would fund all necessary expenses incurred by the executive director or gaming control board in the administration and enforcement of millionaire party activities of the Internet Gaming Fund.

The bills now go to the full Senate for consideration.

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Photo caption: sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, outlines the benefits of Senate Act 1111 to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee. The bill is part of a two-pronged package to use Internet Gaming Fund resources to manage and enforce licenses for charity games and to allow nonprofits to keep more of the money raised.

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