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Thursday, January 24, 2013

House Passes Temporary Measure For Veterans

DOVER — House lawmakers have passed a temporary measure that would allow Delaware fraternal organizations to operate video lottery machines.

House Bill 1 was approved by 34 of the state’s 41 representatives, Jan. 23. If the temporary bill passes the Senate, it would allow fraternal groups, such as American Legion, Elks, Moose and Veterans of Foreign Wars, to operate up to 20 video lottery machine per site. The bill would sunset on Sunday, June 30. State officials say they hope to have a permanent solution in place by then.

“This isn’t a perfect solution, but it’s a step in the right direction to get these service organizations back on their feet financially and helping the people who need it most through the groups’ charity,” said Rep. John Atkins, D-Millsboro, who is sponsoring the bill.



Anonymous said...

20 machines is very generous. Maryland only allowed these organizations to have 5 machines each.

Anonymous said...

Yes but we get to keep our 5 permanently. If I read this right they lose them on June 30. With all the state expanded gambling approved most fraternal lodge slot revenues are down anywhere from 35-60%. It makes it tough on those that need the help the most.

Anonymous said...

If these places NEED the money why dont the participants just hand over the money to the fraternal group instead of playing slots.