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  • 10 Apr 2018 11:08 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Attached please find a letter that I sent to Senator Kiffmeyer in regards to SF1402.  She is the chair of the Senate State Government Finance and Policy Committee.

    Owners of the two largest Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) organizations (DraftKings and FanDuel) include major league sports owners and professional sports leagues themselves.

    Little used rules and procedural moves at the legislature have been used to position these bills for committee hearings and floor votes. 

    These bills in their current form would legalize DFS with almost no regulation and little oversight.  They also make no provisions for the taxing of for profit DFS vendors, other than the presumed corporate tax.

    My instincts are telling me that there is more to this than meets the eye.  Sports book legislation in draft form is out there and the two major for profit DFS players are looking to be the drivers of sports book if the Supreme Court strikes down the sports book ban.  There is too much being done for these two bills to believe otherwise.   

    Removal of the federal ban would be great for our sports themed tip boards, but I believe bad for us overall.  I am told that the NBA (a DFS co-owner) says that any sports book legislation must include their cut of the proceeds from the states plus it needs to be in app form.  24/7/365 legal gambling all within easy reach.  No need to actually go anywhere to gamble.  What can possibly go wrong?

    Charitable gaming is not anti competition.  We are anti unfair competition.  If billionaire owner companies that have no skin in benefiting Minnesota or its citizens are able to come in without any real regulation or taxation it will be a very sad day indeed.

    We have no money, but we still have our voices and votes. 

    You need to contact your legislators and tell them that no more keys to the state are to be handed over until charitable gaming is taken care of.  Our confiscatory tax structure needs to be fixed prior to further enriching those that do not really need our help.  Legislators need to stop HF1415 and SF1402 before it is too late.  Also, any bills dealing with DFS or sports book need to have regulation/oversight/taxation similar to charitable gaming.   

    Senator Kiffmeyer04092018.pdf

  • 30 Mar 2018 09:16 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    This week HF3018 (tax structure task force bill) was heard in House Government Operations (Thank you Chair O’Driscoll for hearing the bill) and passed out to House State Government Finance (Thank you Chair S. Anderson for hearing the bill).  It was laid over for possible inclusion in an Omnibus Finance bill.  Thanks again to chief author Bliss for all of his work on the bill.  No further action on this bill is required in the House.

    This week HF3384 was heard in House Taxes (Thank you Chair Davids for hearing the bill).  Jon Grell and I testified in support of the bill.  The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an Omnibus Tax bill.  Thanks again to chief author Knoblach for all of his work on the bill.  No further action on this bill is required in the House. 

    Last week I failed to mention that Jim Probst of the South Robert St. Business Association testified in support of HF3511 (Electronic wheel bill).  The bill was offered as an amendment to HF3018, but was pulled by the author (Rep. Smith) after the testimony.    Many thanks to Jim for his testimony.  An electronic version of the manual wheel/table is needed.  It is an evolution of a game, not a revolution or a direct expansion of gambling in the state.  It would provide us with another tool that would be taxed at 8.5%, not combined receipts. 

    On the ACM website you will find an excel spreadsheet that includes all of our 80,818 Lawful Purpose Expenditures in calendar year 2017 by license number.  Great reading.  I try to get through every one of them each year.  I am always in awe of the work that you each do.  Take the time to look at yours and pass them along to your state legislators.  It helps them to see what you are doing with the money that you do get to the bottom line.

    The legislature is in recess for the next ten days, returning on Monday, April 9. 

    Blessed Easter,

    Al


  • 12 Mar 2018 17:17 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    See the two attachments that are great examples of working with your community, organization members and your elected officials in letting them know what your organization has been doing in your community.  Thanks to Gary Dawson from the Backus American Legion for his work and sharing of this information.

    2017CharGamNewsRelease.pdf

    2017 BL Charitable Donaations.pdf

  • 26 Feb 2018 10:10 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 1 at 1 pm in room 1200 of the Senate Office Building.

  • 16 Feb 2018 08:47 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Attached find a legislative update, a comparison of electronic and paper pull tabs and two pages from the January – March 2018 issue of the Proof magazine, a publication of Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA).

    The pages from the Proof are examples of what I mean when I say that we have lost sight of what charitable gaming is supposed to be about and how we have now lost control of it as well.  There is no mention that a bar needs a charity in order to conduct charitable gaming.  The charity is no longer in the equation.  It is about making revenue for the state and for profit companies.  We now have bars collecting $16,800 monthly rent checks.  That is the equivalent of $200,000 per year off of charitable gaming.  If that does not cause you to sit up and take notice, I am not sure what will.  We are supposed to be here to help those in need, those that are less fortunate than ourselves. 

    Al

    02162018.pdf


  • 26 Jan 2018 13:16 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Please see the attached.  It is template that you can use for communicating with groups that are asking you for donations.  There is a template for when you cannot fund the request, reduce the amount requested and fund the request.


    It is meant to be a template.  Feel free to customize to your specific situation.  One of these should be going out with every donation request you receive.


    Getting the groups and folks that benefit from our donations to help us with our goal of staying viable and relevant in our communities is important.

    Dear Donation Request 01262018.docx


  • 25 Jan 2018 10:23 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    2018legreceptionboth.pdf

    All legislators have been invited to attend on Monday, March 19 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Send a personal invitation to you Representative and Senator, even if you cannot personally attend.  Getting an invite from a constituent is far more important than one from ACM.

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