Gambling bill passes House panel
ANNAPOLIS - Legislation that would more than double the amount of tip jar gambling money being distributed to charity through the Washington County Gaming Commission has received critical approval from a Maryland General Assembly committee.
The House Judiciary Committee voted to give a favorable report to the bill, which would require fraternal and social clubs to funnel all of their required charitable donations raised from tip jars through the Gaming Commission in cash.
Clubs now are required to donate 15 percent of their gross gaming proceeds to charity. But only half of the giving has to be made through the commission; the rest can be made directly to nonprofit groups in the form of cash and in-kind services, such as donating free room space.