State legislation proposed for charities to sell raffle tickets online and with credit card payments

Staff Reports Posted 2 June 2016 at 12:00 am

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) today announced  he has signed on as a cosponsor of new legislation, coined the Charitable Gaming Act of 2016 (click here), which would allow charitable organizations and raffle holders to accept credit and legal tender for raffles as well as advertise and sell tickets online.

Hawley has also introduced his own legislation, A.10516 (click here), which he said will remedy New York’s archaic and detrimental gaming laws by allowing credit or debit cards for payment. Raffle tickets can also be purchased via the Internet or mobile application with a credit or debit card upon the account holder’s direct consent.

Current gaming regulations do not allow charitable groups and non-profits to collect raffle fees using check or credit cards and do not allow the sale of tickets outside of the county which the event will be taking place. The Stafford Fire Department previously sold tickets nation-wide for its annual car raffle and used the proceeds for charitable donations and to fund the department.

“I am eager to see this bill come to the floor for a vote,” Hawley said. “It is scheduled to pass through committee today, and being authored by a Majority member gives it that much more potential to move through the legislative process. As I’ve said before, this is an issue that affects communities and benevolent organizations all across the state. Our statutes need to catch up with technology before more damage is done, and that is exactly what this legislation aims to do.”