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November 05, 2014

Kansas Voters OK Amendment Legalizing Charity Raffles

Voters in Kansas approved an amendment to the state constitution Tuesday to allow charitable groups to hold fundraising raffles, reports the Associated Press. Churches, schools, and other nonprofits sought to get the measure on the ballot after Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed legislation to allow charity raffles last year.

Kansas's constitution originally prohibited all forms of lotteries, but a 1986 amendment authorized a state lottery and state-owned casinos. Raffles had been seen as private lotteries barred under existing laws. Under the new amendment, charities will not be permitted to sell raffle tickets through electronic gambling or vending machines or hire professional firms to run their contests.