The House Rules Committee today passed up an opportunity to endorse the bill to allow expansion of so-called charity bingo and end the tax and state regulation of the game. Thank goodness.
State officials objected to losing all the money produced by the tax, which goes to regulate the game. At least one witness said he feared an incursion of for-profit operators with the end of state regulation and looser operating rules. He contended charitable organizations are already fronts in some cases for profit-making operations, but he offered no specifics.
Because of strong opposition, consideration of the bill was postponed.