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  • 19 Nov 2020 11:56 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    EO20-99.pdf

    In accordance with Governor Tim Walz’ Emergency Order EO-20-99 and MN Stay Safe Guidance,  and to ensure the integrity of lawful gambling, all licensed organizations’ lawful gambling activities conducted at all restaurants and bars (excluding those locations with separate off-sale entrances or convenience store locations) must implement the following by 10 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020:

    CASH

    Remove all cash from the site for any closed or paused games* (record amount of cash by game name and serial number) including starting cash banks and deposit the funds into your gambling bank account at your retail bank no later than November 27 (four business days).

    DO NOT leave cash in a safe or cash drawer at any location for any closed or paused games.

    *Only paper and electronic pull-tab games may be paused.  This requires a cash deposit and audit of tickets be made at that point the game is paused.  A record of that audit must remain with the paused game and that paused game must be put back in play at the time the Board permits that type of game at the premises permit location.  No audit necessary for electronic games.

    INVENTORY

    At your discretion, all games (played and unplayed pull-tabs, bingo paper, paddletickets, and any other form of gambling for all closed or paused games) may be secured at a permitted premises that may close during the effective dates of this EO.  All inventory, including any electronic equipment, must be securely stored and is your organization’s responsibility. Pull-tab dispensing devices must be powered off and the meter readings must be recorded.  Please note: All games are NOT required to be permanently closed**.

    LAWFUL GAMES

    Raffles (MN Stat 349.173 and MN rule 7861.0310) and Sports Themed Tipboards (MN Stat 349.1711 and MN rule 7861.0295) may only continue at approved premises permit locations if all applicable statute, EO and rule requirements are followed.

    **All other forms of lawful gambling must be either (1) CLOSED and follow those same procedures as are required under normal circumstances after closing games; or, (2) PAUSED, and the game product must be secured and in your organization’s control no later than 10 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020.

    For those organizations with exempt permit activities, please go to Exempt Permits.

    Currently, the Gambling Control Board will not be accepting walk-in appointments at any of its four locations, but strongly encourages contact via email, or alternatively via phone to your assigned Compliance or Licensing Specialist.


  • 11 Nov 2020 07:09 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Allen Lund is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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    2020acmannualmeeting11092020.pdf

  • 11 Nov 2020 05:44 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    From the GCB:


    In accordance with Executive Order 20-96, effective Friday, November 13, 2020, at 10:00 p.m.:

     

    https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-96%20%28FINAL%29_tcm1055-453017.pdf

     

    1)       Business Hours, lawful gambling may only be conducted until 10 p.m.;

    2)       In Places of Public Accommodation (including bars, restaurants, bingo halls*) capacity is limited to 50% of capacity, not to exceed 150 people;

    3)       Follow social distancing requirements within establishments; and

    4)       Paddlewheel with Table may not be conducted under the guidelines established in the EO.

    *EO 20-96 Paragraph 7 (vi)


  • 02 Nov 2020 13:41 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    ACM Attorney Mary Magnuson has reviewed the proposed changes.

    DOR has recently published proposed rules governing the annual audits.  The proposal appears to be a much needed update to the rules to incorporate the statutory changes that have occurred over the past several years.  As a result, DOR has asked for an exemption from the usual rulemaking process under the “good cause” exemption. The good cause exemption applies to rule changes that merely reflect changes in the statutes where no interpretation by the department is necessary.  Comments must be received not later than 4:30 pm on November 2, 2020.  You can access the proposed rules as well as the Findings and Supporting Reasons statement  at:  https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDEwMjYuMjkzNzU4OTEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2NvbnRlbnQuZ292ZGVsaXZlcnkuY29tL2F0dGFjaG1lbnRzL01OUkVWLzIwMjAvMTAvMjIvZmlsZV9hdHRhY2htZW50cy8xNTc2OTQwL05vdGljZSUyMG9mJTIwU3VibWlzc2lvbiUyMC0lMjBNaW5uLiUyMFIuJTIwODEyMiUyMCUyOHdpdGglMjBleGhpYml0cyUyOS5wZGYifQ.zJ-aWvxE1XkIucaoU42lBNfjqrKzQYiSqaiwX_AmhqU/s/109486324/br/87394268161-l

     

    The proposed rules have been submitted to the Office of Administrative Hearings for review.


  • 20 Oct 2020 11:07 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    On Wednesday, October 14 the House passed a bonding/tax bill and on Thursday, October 15 the Senate did as well. The House made changes to the bill that had been previously negotiated with the Senate. The House adjourned prior to the Senate being able to amend and send it back to the House. Tax relief for licensed gambling charities was in the Senate bill, but was not included in the final bill that passed.

    I know that many of you have told me that relief for us would never come, but I am still enough of an optimist to believe that government would do the right thing. I held out hope to the end as misguided as it apparently was. I want to thank Senator Roger Chamberlain for all that he did and tried to do for us. He is a good friend of all of us who work so hard to fulfill our organizations’ missions. I also need to thank Ward Einess, ACM lobbyist, who did everything that he could to see this through. I am proud to call him a friend.

    I have never come to grips with why state government would want to dismantle a 75 year old state wide safety net that is comprised of citizens whose only goal is to help those in need. Taxing us out of existence seems completely at odds with the benefits that we provide in our communities throughout the state. ACM and its members have always believed that the closer we are to the needs of our communities, the better positioned we are to assist.

    But to give up the fight is to give up hope, and we are not willing to do that.  We are resilient and we are committed.  There is an election on the horizon.  Talk to your candidates for public office; make sure they support tax relief for charities; and then vote.  If our voice was not successful at the legislature, perhaps it will be successful in the voting booth. You have the opportunity to make a difference and I hope you will do just that.

    There is still time to apply for Regional Director or At Large Director of ACM. Deadline for application is Mon., Oct. 26. Link to the application: http://alliedcharitiesmn.org/sys/website/?pageId=18090

    In the past several weeks there have been multiple after hour robberies of pull tab sites in the metro area. Please ensure that your cash is protected at closing. Please talk with employees about what to do if a robbery is attempted during business hours. The best advice is to give the robber what they want, do not risk your life or another person’s life.

    Below are some of my most recent thoughts.

    Regards,

    Al

    What were once people in a community sharing a common goal of helping others has become something altogether different. Dollars meant for helping the less fortunate are now going to the state and those who profit from our efforts.

    Site owners are making six figure annual incomes off of charitable gambling and some are making more than the charity.

    The distributor/manufacturers are marketing directly to sites without the knowledge of or approval of the charity.

    A charity that wants to offer multiple electronic systems to their patrons is told that if the charity tries to proceed with bringing in a competing system that the only thing changing will be the charity. The charity then either accepts or loses the site.

    This year the GCB has conducted cash audits across all organizations and is in the process of conducting LPE audits across all organizations. To my knowledge this has never been done before. ACM has always said that individuals/organizations that knowingly defraud need to be punished to the full extent of the law. For the vast majority of gambling managers this is not their day job, it is what they do after work. ACM has said that those individuals/organizations that make mistakes with no malintent need to be educated and mentored not punished.  

    Our charitable missions were once the number one beneficiary of charitable gambling. Our charitable missions are now number two behind the state. In electronic gambling our charitable missions are number three behind the state and the manufacturer. If there are no interventions, within a few years our charitable missions, the hallmark of charitable gaming, will be number four behind the manufacturer, the state and the site.


  • 19 Oct 2020 11:43 | Allen Lund (Administrator)
  • 05 Oct 2020 09:05 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    A good reminder to be checking all currency that you are taking in.

    Counterfeit $10 10052020.pdf

  • 17 Sep 2020 07:58 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Attached is the 2021 ACM Regional and At Large Director Application.

    Regions up for election this year are:

    Region 3 Counties: Carlton, Chisago, Cook, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis.

    Region 5 Counties: Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright

    Region 11 Counties: Anoka and Ramsey

    Region 12 Counties: Dakota, Goodhue, Scott, and Washington.

    Applications for both Regional and At Large positions are due Monday, October 26, 2020.

    Regional Director voting will be conducted via e-mail and results will be announced at the ACM Annual meeting at 11 am on Friday, November 20, 2020. This meeting will be held via Zoom or similar method. Details to be provided as they become available.

    At Large Directors will be appointed by the ACM board at the first board meeting after the annual meeting. 

    Board meetings are held February, March, May, June, August, September, October and December on the third Monday of the month, except for November when it is held at the convention. During COVID meetings have been on Zoom or conference call.   

    In person meeting expenses are covered: hotel (Country Inn and Suites Roseville), meals and mileage.   

    Please consider applying for a position. It is important to have charities from across the state involved. 

    Return your application to alliedcharitiesmn@gmail.com

    Any questions, please advise.

    2021 ACM Director Application 09102020.pdf

  • 12 Aug 2020 11:31 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members and Associates of ACM,

    The ACM board has made the difficult decision to cancel the November 2020 Convention in Duluth given the current status of COVID-19. The unknowns over the next three months are just too many to justify moving forward with a convention.

    The decision was not made lightly. The ACM board is made up of members just like you. The safeguarding of the health and safety of our members and associates was a primary factor in the decision to cancel.

    The survey recently completed by members and associates showed that a majority of organizations, exhibitors and presenters would not be attending the convention this year. Most of them cited the virus and their unwillingness to put their members and employees at risk of contracting the virus as their reason for not attending. Those organizations that said they would attend collectively identified just over 100 people as likely attendees. Putting on a convention for 100 people is just not financially feasible.

    The ACM board is looking at ways to engage members with educational opportunities over the next many months.

    By statute ACM needs to have an annual meeting of its members. We will most likely have a zoom type meeting. We will be looking at November for this. There will be elections for regional and at-large board members. News on this will follow in the next several weeks.

    ACM has reservations for Saint Cloud in November of 2021.

    The ACM board asks for your support and understanding in this matter.

    Regards,

    Al


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