HUGE VICTORY FOR STAFFORD FIRE DEPT, CHURCHES, SERVICE CLUBS AS ‘CHARITABLE GAMING ACT’ PASSES ASSEMBLY, AWAITS SENATE APPROVAL

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) applauds passage of bill to update gaming, charity requirements, help Stafford Fire Dept. reinstate car raffle

            “I am pleased to announce that the ‘Charitable Gaming Act of 2016’ has overwhelmingly passed the Assembly Thursday afternoon. I would like to commend Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow (D-Mount Vernon) and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-Kenmore) for championing this bill through the house as well as Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma), the bill’s author in the Senate, Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) and Sen. Robert Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) for pushing this measure in the Senate. I am proud to have helped lead this initiative to update our archaic and detrimental gaming laws that have hurt charitable organizations, churches, non-profit organizations and service clubs all across the state, including the Stafford Fire Department.

            “This is a great example of how bipartisan politics can work in Albany’s sea of gridlock and can have lasting positive effects for the people and organizations of our state. The bill is now in the Senate, where I am told by Sen. Gallivan that he is very hopeful it will pass before we adjourn for the year today.”  

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