Fix In Kansas To Legalize Charity Raffles Advances

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Charitable raffles aren't legal in Kansas, but the state Senate has approved a proposal to allow them.

The fix requires an amendment to the Kansas Constitution because it originally prohibited all forms of lotteries. The Senate voted 35-0 Wednesday to adopt a proposed constitutional amendment.

The action sends the measure to the House, where passage by a two-thirds majority would put the proposal on the statewide ballot in August. Approval by a simple majority of voters would add it to the Constitution.

Kansas has a lottery and state-owned casinos, but they're permitted under an exception to the overall ban on lotteries.

Under Kansas law, raffles are essentially private lotteries. The amendment would bar charities from contracting with professional raffle or lottery vendors to run their games.

Posted by Greg Palmer

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