STATEHOUSE—Rep. Bob Cherry’s (R-Greenfield) legislation regarding changes to charity gaming practices passed the Senate Committee on Public Policy unanimously today.
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 gaming events are predominantly hosted by non-for-profit and fraternal organizations who thrive on support from volunteers,” said Rep. Cherry. “This bill would provide them with the opportunity to effectively utilize volunteers at these events in a way that is advantageous and enjoyable for everyone. I am happy that the Senate committee agreed with this legislation.”
The catalyst for this legislation, Joe Settles of the Elks Lodge, also supported the bill during House committee hearings.
HB 1224 will move to the full Senate for further discussion. 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.