Games of chance proceeds bill would benefit veterans groups

TRENTON – The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee released a bill today that would enable “bona fide veterans organizations” to use the proceeds from “games of chance” toward various programs that would benefit their members.

Presently, only senior citizens groups can use the money they make from various games like Bingo, Lotto and raffles.

However, Sen. Kip Bateman, (R-16) of Branchburg, said several veterans groups in his district reached out to him in hopes of changing that exception. The proceeds could help members pay for such things  as heating and electric bills.

In addition to the bill’s passage, the committee also released SCR-11, a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to go into effect to enable “veterans organizations to use the money collected from games of chance to support their organizations.”  Voters will see that interpretative statement included on their election ballot.

The bill would be consistent with making sure gaming revenue is used for the betterment of society, supporters said.

Revenues from gambling institutions, like the casinos in Atlantic City, traditionally go toward such things as property tax reductions, rental assistance, bill assistance and senior citizen programs.