TRENTON – Senate lawmakers took testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment that veteran organizations say is necessary in order to keep veteran posts open.
The proposal, SCR11, would allow veterans organizations that are registered and licensed by the state’s Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission to use net proceeds from games of chance to support the organization.
Currently, all net proceeds are required to be spent on charity.
The proposal’s sponsor, Sen. Christopher Bateman, (R-16), says it makes sense, arguing the organizations hosting the events that use proceeds for charity are not even afforded the option to pay the utility bills necessary to host the event.
“They can’t use it to pay the bills,” Bateman said. “It doesn’t make any sense.”
Several veterans testified in favor of the proposal, explaining the rising costs involved with keeping posts could mean the difference between keeping the posts around or closing down.