Legislature(2019 - 2020)

2019-02-25 House Journal

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HB 73                                                                                                                         
HOUSE BILL NO. 73 by the House Rules Committee by request of                                                                    
the Governor, entitled:                                                                                                         

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     "An Act establishing an exception from permit and fee                                                                      
     requirements for certain charitable gaming activities; relating to                                                         
     fees for applicants for a charitable gaming permit; amending the                                                           
     definition of 'permittee'; and providing for an effective date."                                                           
was read the first time and referred to the Community & Regional                                                                
Affairs, Labor & Commerce, and Finance Committees.                                                                              
The following fiscal note(s) apply:                                                                                             
1.  Fiscal, Dept. of Revenue                                                                                                    
The Governor's transmittal letter dated February 21 follows:                                                                    
"Dear Speaker Edgmon:                                                                                                           
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska                                                                   
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill that would reduce unnecessary                                                            
regulatory requirements for municipalities and qualified organizations                                                          
operating small charitable gaming fundraisers.                                                                                  
Per AS 05.15.690(39), a "qualified organization" means "a bona fide                                                             
civic or service organization or a bona fide religious, charitable,                                                             
fraternal, veterans, labor, political, or educational organization, police                                                      
or fire department and company, dog mushers' association, outboard                                                              
motor association, or fishing derby or nonprofit trade association in                                                           
the state, that operates without profits to its members and that has been                                                       
in existence continually for a period of three years immediately before                                                         
applying for the license or permit; the organization may be a firm,                                                             
corporation, company, association, or partnership."                                                                             
The bill would provide that a charitable gaming permit or fee is no                                                             
longer required for a qualified organization that did not hold a permit                                                         
during the preceding year or that had gross receipts of less than                                                               
$20,000 from charitable gaming fundraisers during the preceding year.                                                           
The bill would have a positive impact on about 400 permittees by                                                                
reducing costs and regulatory burdens of reporting for small charitable                                                         
gaming activities. The qualified organization will still need to certify                                                        
to the State of Alaska each year that all charitable gaming activities                                                          
were conducted by law.                                                                                                          

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I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure.                                                                        
Michael J. Dunleavy