By New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, 47th District
The Charitable Gaming Act was signed into law on Dec. 18, 2017.
The legislation (S4329/A6095), which I cosponsored, allowed non-profit charitable groups to sell raffle tickets online and accept debit/credit card payments, which helps these organizations enhance their capability to support vital programs and services. State regulations overseeing charitable donations had previously required cash-only sales of raffle tickets, which impeded and limited fundraising activities for many organizations.
As part of the Charitable Gaming Act, the New York State Gaming Commission was required to formulate regulations for these online transactions by June 2018.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen until recently.
At a meeting last month, the commission, following prolonged pressure from myself and many others, formally adopted the regulations for the online sale of raffle tickets and the acceptance of debit/credit card payments for fundraising activities.
These regulations go into effect April 13.
I am pleased that the commission has finally taken action on this matter. Allowing charitable organizations to accept raffle ticket purchases online or using debit and credit cards will help their fundraisers to be even more successful in raising money on behalf of those in need and our communities. These regulations will also make these raffle purchases safer and more efficient, instead of handling large amounts of cash through the organizations.