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Gaming Commission wants uniform definition of nonprofit group

October 19, 1999

The Washington County Gaming Commission wants the County Commissioners to change its rules and regulations to better reflect commission policy, County Attorney Richard Douglas said Tuesday.

The County Commissioners place local nonprofit organizations on a list to tell the Gaming Commission they want them considered eligible for tip jar funds, Douglas said. But not all nonprofit organizations on the list are considered charitable organizations by the Internal Revenue Service, Douglas said.

The Gaming Commission wants to limit applications to organizations considered charitable by the IRS, Douglas said.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said he did not want to take action on Douglas' suggestion until at least next week.

This is a theoretical debate because he is unaware of any organization that has been rejected for this reason, Douglas said.

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The gaming law was originally adopted in 1995 but has been amended several times since, Douglas said. Since 1995, the Gaming Commission has distributed almost $3 million to charitable organizations, he said.

- Scott Butki

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