Games for Charity Study Commission Includes Former Salem Area Legislators

July 31, 2015

 

submitted by Larry Belair

Governor Maggie Hassan has appointed two former Salem area legislators to the newly formed Games for Charity Study Commission.  The eight-member commission was created by the New Hampshire Legislature in 2014 when it approved HB 1630.  Former District 19 Senator Jim Rausch (R-Derry) and former State Representative Larry Belair (D-Salem) are two of the governor’s three appointees.  Belair will serve as chairman of the commission.

Joining Rausch and Belair are Representative Patrick Abrami (R-Stratham), Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester), NH Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission Chairman Timothy Connors and member and former colonel of the NH State Police Lynn Presby, John Kennedy, Esq. of the Attorney General’s Office, Major Russell Conte of the Department of Safety.

HB 1630 created the commission to undertake a comprehensive analysis of several aspects of charitable gaming in New Hampshire.  The commission will study the revenue impact on the state, charities in New Hampshire and those engaged in the operation of the games.  Additionally, the commission will study the current and projected costs of oversight and enforcement costs; alternative funding mechanisms for charitable organizations; the roles of those working the production of the games; the prospect of limiting growth or phasing out the games of chance for charity; and the prospects of improving and expanding the games of chance to enhance revenue resources for the charities.

“Games of chance for charitable organizations have become an important source of revenue for many of these groups as they try to manage their costs and their ability to provide funds for other needy efforts throughout New Hampshire,” said Belair.  “As charitable gaming, as it’s often called, evolves in the face of the changing dynamics both in New Hampshire and in our region, it’s important to make sure that our programs are operating properly, are competitive and are meeting the intent of the laws, especially with regard to the charitable intentions.”

“Over the next few months the commission will meet, most likely in Concord, and the public, especially those with connections to the benefitting charities, are encouraged to attend,” Belair urged.  “We want to hear from those most involved with the current charitable games programs in order to analyze our prospects for meeting the objectives of our mission.”

Information about the Games for Charitable Games Study Commission can be found at www.racing.nh.gov/charity-study.htm.