STATEHOUSE—Rep. Bob Cherry’s (R-Greenfield) legislation regarding changes to charity gaming practices passed the Indiana House of Representatives today with an 87-9 vote.
Current law requires professional dealers or volunteers to deal cards during various charity gaming events without participating in any games throughout the evening. House Bill (HB) 1224 would allow patrons to deal cards in certain poker games at charity gaming events, as well as partake in games outside of the hand they are dealing.
“Charity events are having trouble finding volunteers to deal cards for the entire evening,” said Rep. Cherry. “This bill would provide a good alternative to the only other option of hiring professional dealers for the evening. It would promote volunteerism and participation at such events, which is so important because many of these are put on by non-for-profit and fraternal organizations.”
HB 1224 will move to the Senate for further discussion and debate. If signed into law, it will go into effect on July 1, 2012.
To find the most up-to-date bill status, visit www.in.gov/legislative.