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  • 19 Oct 2016 10:55 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    2nd Annual ACM Legislative Reception, Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge.  See details below.

    2017 SAVE THE DATE.pdf

  • 19 Oct 2016 05:54 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    The MN Department of Revenue is checking to ensure that every organization that is required by law to have an external annual audit (sales of $750,000 and greater) has done that.  If you are required to have one and have not already done so, you need to start that process.  

    Five star reports will be out soon.  Look for it to see your rating.  

    Still hearing that counterfeit bills are being passed in the Twin Cities metro. Some charities are now checking every bill twenty and above.

    United Games is reportedly coming to MN.  United Games is an organization from Utah that is looking to bring a product to MN bars.  Their smart phone based offering appears to have elements of multi level marketing and some (if not all) elements of gambling. They are contacting bars and charities looking for partners in their program.  The MN Department of Public Safety and GCB are doing their due diligence on the product, but until they see it in actual operation a final determination as to whether it is gambling (and therefore illegal) will probably not be forthcoming.  We all wish that we could get more money for our chosen missions, but putting your gambling license or site license in jeopardy is probably not the thing to do. More to come on this as it is made available to us.

    New Jersey is appealing the use of sports boards to the US Supreme Court. Other states are looking at entering the fray as well.  Professional leagues and teams are against us being able to have the use of sports boards, but they invest in Daily Fantasy Sports.  Go figure.  

    There is still time to apply for both Regional Director (Regions 1, 7, 8 and 9).  Applications are due November 7 .  Applications for the five 1 year At Large Director spots are due December 5.  Application can be found on the ACM website www.alliedcharitiesmn.org



  • 03 Oct 2016 08:33 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members/Associates,

    Please see the attached files and message from Peggy Mancuso at the GCB in regards to how the process works and if you have a desire to be part of the process.

    The Minnesota Gambling Control Board is requesting comments on possible rule amendments governing lawful gambling, primarily concerning electronic gaming.  With four years of electronic gaming experience, and with electronic sales and activity increasing, the Board sees the need to provide further clarification and regulatory effort involving the design of electronic games, the play of  electronic games, and the information and records maintained.  There may or may not be non-electronic rule provisions clarified.

    As PAC members of a previous rules process, I am attaching a Request for Comments for this upcoming rules process.  The Request will be published in the Monday, October 3, 2016, State Register.  Written comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016; please direct written comments to me.

    If you would like to participate on this PAC, please email to me your name, who you represent, and your contact information (phone number and the email address where you would like communications).  Please communicate this invitation to those you feel may be interested in this rulemaking process.

    Because the Board is still seeking comments, a draft of the possible rule amendments has not been prepared.  However, when prepared, a draft will be mailed to the PAC and also posted at www.mn.gov/gcb.

    Thank you,
    Peggy

    Peggy Mancuso, Rules Coordinator
    Gambling Control Board
    Suite 300 South
    1711 W. County Road B
    Roseville, MN 55113


    10-03-16 Request for Comments.pdf

    09-28-16 PAC Role.pdf

  • 28 Sep 2016 08:44 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    After being briefed on the current tax structure for charitable gaming candidates were asked if they agree that reform is needed for gaming charities.  If they answered yes, and if elected, would they author a bill for tax reform for gaming charities.  Reported results are below.  Please e-mail alliedcharitiesmn@gmail.com with your results.

    Senate District 9 - Senator Paul Gazelka Yes, Yes.

    Senate District 10 - Senator Carrie Ruud Yes, Yes.

    Representative District 10 A - Representative Josh Heintzman Yes, Yes.

    Representative District 10 A - Candidate Quinn Nystrom Does not know much about charitable gambling, but interested in learning more.

    Senate District 34 - Senator Warren Limmer Yes, Yes.  Candidate Bonnie Westlin No Response.

    Representative District 34 B - Representative Dennis Smith Will consider after election.  Candidate Kristin Bahner responded that she is researching the issue.

  • 21 Sep 2016 09:07 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members and Associates,

    At the monthly ACM board meeting on Monday, September 19 the board approved a motion that our sole legislative agenda item for 2017 will be tax relief achieved through our donations being made tax deductible. 

    That recommendation to members will need to be approved by the membership at the ACM annual meeting in November on Friday, November 18 in Rochester, MN.  ACM annual meeting to convene at approximately 11 am in the Rochester Arts Center, immediately following the Gambling Control Board monthly meeting. 

    If you have not already done so, please contact the candidates for state senator and state representative in your district to determine whether they agree that our current tax structure needs change and if the candidate would author legislation to make that change.   For information on speaking to candidates go to the ACM website www.alliedcharitiesmn.org under the News tab to access those materials.  Please let ACM know the results of your contacts at alliedchartiesmn@gmail.com

    Registration for the convention is open and there are still hotel rooms available.  Registration for the convention can be done by hard copy or on-line.  Go to the ACM website www.alliedcharitiesmn.org under the Convention and Expo tab to print the registration or access the on-line registration.

    ACM may have other legislative items that need to be introduced during the session, but we will not be initiating action unless deemed necessary by the board.  This would only be done if it was determined necessary to protect our ability to serve our local communities and mission. 

    Members have the ability to make motions from the floor at the annual meeting to add items to our legislative agenda.  Motions will need to be approved by a majority of voting members prior to being added to the legislative agenda. 

    Regards,

    Al Lund


  • 14 Sep 2016 11:06 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Due to scheduled maintenance, our online services will be temporarily unavailable Thursday, September 29 and Wednesday, October 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on both days. Online services affected include:

    • Where’s My Refund?
    • Property Tax Refund Online Filing System
    • e-Services Payment System

    Regular deadlines for filing and paying your taxes still apply. Please plan accordingly. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

    If you have questions, please visit our e-Services What's New webpage.

  • 12 Sep 2016 17:14 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members and Associates,

    Attached you will find the material necessary to contact each district candidate on the ballot in November for State Senator or State Representative to help us determine who is willing to help us address our current tax structure.  

    When speaking to a candidate you would cover the talking points, leave the candidate the piece with the ACM letterhead, ask the candidate if they think that our current tax structure needs addressing and if so, if they are elected, would they be willing to sponsor legislation to address the changes needed.  You would then return to ACM (by e-mail, phone, mail) whom you contacted and what the results of the contact were. 

    ACM will then post on our website the results of the contacts and once all candidates have been contacted we will share the final results via our e-mail list.

    ACM believes that this local, community based effort is what is needed to see who is willing to go to bat for us in St. Paul.

    To find out who is running for State Senate and State Representative in your district, go to http://myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us/Default.aspx and enter in your address.  Many of the candidates have a link to their campaign website.

    Thank you in advance for your efforts. 

    2016candidatepiece08182016.pdf



  • 12 Sep 2016 17:13 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Marisa Peck, GM for the NE Lions sent me the following:

    Good Afternoon all, I’ve had a couple of phone calls from GM’s in regards to receiving counterfeit bills.  Be on the lookout – people are using counterfeit $10 and $100.00 bills for pulltabs.  We’ve had a few bar owners receive them as well.  Be sure to have your clerks using the pen to ensure the bill is not counterfeit.  One of the clerks received a counterfeit bill as her tip!  Let your bar owners know to be on the lookout as well.

     So far the bars and sites have been near Andover and White Bear.

    Ron Eiden of the Rush Lake Improvement Association has also reported that counterfeit bills have been passed in Cambridge.  



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