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January 14, 2015

Ind. Legislators Mull Volunteer Pay at Charity Gaming Events

Indiana lawmakers have proposed state bills to allow nonprofits to remunerate volunteers at bingo and casino fundraisers and to increase prize payouts, The Star Press of Muncie reports. The legislative moves come after more than two dozen groups across Indiana were fined last year for gaming violations, including paying volunteers or allowing them to accept tips.

"Currently, we have to do everything with volunteers,” said Ron Weadick, quartermaster of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Richmond, Ind., which was not one of the cited groups. "That’s tough to get volunteer help to do as much work as we do."

State Sen. Jean Leising said her proposal to increase prizes for some games to as much as $10,000 aims to draw more customers to charity-gaming events she said have lost business due to smoking bans that do not apply to professional casinos.