The hearing on the tribal petition regarding electronic pull tabs was held last Thursday, February 27. Both parties involved in the petition (Mdewakanton Sioux and the GCB) presented oral arguments to an administrative law judge. The hearing lasted two hours. The parties will now present written arguments to the judge and then be able to rebut the written arguments made by the other party. This process will take time. I do not think that we will hear a decision until late April or May.
SF3628 is a bill that would raise the annual external audit trigger from the current $750,000 to $1,250,000. Chief Author is Sen. Rosen. Additional authors are Sen. Chamberlain, Sen. Ruud and Sen. Simonson. If any of them are your Senator, please thank them. All bills are posted on the ACM website under the News/Legislation tab.
Also on Thursday, February 27 the state released their latest forecast. Reserves of $1.5 billion dollars are projected. Charities are not asking for any money back. We are asking that our tax rates be lowered moving forward to help ensure that we can keep being a safety net in our communities. We are in the Senate tax bill, which provides tax relief across the board for all charities. Senator Chamberlain, the Senate tax chair, is to be thanked for his support and leadership on this issue. The House tax bill is yet to be released. We need to be in that bill as well, in order to increase our chances for relief. Tell your Representative what your organization is paying in taxes and what relief would mean for your charity. It makes a difference.
To find out who represents you, go to https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/ and type in your address. We need your help and their support to get relief done.