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  • 26 Jun 2020 08:33 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,


    There is new funding available effective June 15th  from the SBA. The Disaster Relief program applies to non-profits and allows for loans, with a forgivable advance of $10,000. However, not more than 1/3 of revenues can be derived from gambling. 

     

    Here is the eligibility checklist link


    https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/  


  • 24 Jun 2020 16:45 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    June 24, 2020

    Lawful Gambling Legislation Signed by Governor Walz:  The Board’s 2020 legislation, which was passed during the Special Session, was signed into law by Governor Walz on June 23, 2020.  All but one provision are COVID-19 relief provisions.  The one non-COVID-19 provision requires the annual audit that is required to be submitted to Revenue to also be submitted to the Gambling Control Board.


    2020 Legislative Summary is attached.

     

    Survey Results on Inappropriate Lessor Pressure:  Thank you to all who responded to the Gambling Control Board’s survey in the Gaming News about various types of pressure that lessors placed on licensed lawful gambling organizations.  Alarmingly, nearly 1 in every 3 respondents experienced pressure from their lessor on the type of games to offer.

    Of the 188 respondents, the following affirmative responses were received to the six survey questions:

    1. Lessor demanded the type of games to offer at site:  52
    2. Lessor dictated which games to order from distributor:  21
    3. Lessor demanded to make deposits or other administrative gambling-related
      actions:  11
    4. Lessor pressured licensed organization to donate to a specific group:  18
    5. Lessor insisted that licensed organization hire a person at that site:  15
    6. Lessor threatened to terminate the lease:  26

    Additionally, around 30 respondents provided detailed examples of lessor pressure on their licensed organization. If any one of those 30 examples were submitted to the Board as a complaint and verified after an investigation, they may prove to be a regulatory or statutory violation.  Please remember that the Board stands ready to investigate any submitted complaint. 

    A complaint form is attached.

    While it’s appropriate to take a lessor’s suggestions into consideration, ultimate control of an organization’s lawful gambling compliance with rules and statutes lies with the gambling manager.  The licensed gambling organizations get to choose the forms of gambling offered for sale, buy games from their choice of licensed distributors, and decide who to employ in support of their organization’s lawful gambling operations.  In order to pursue the most appropriate and effective course of action, the Board plans to address, through consultations with all stakeholders, this complicated issue of inappropriate lessor pressure.

    The Board stands ready to assist all licensed lawful gambling organizations with questions or concerns about licensed organizations and their lessors to provide a lawful, safe, and fun environment for lawful gambling.

    legislative-summary-2020.pdf

    complaint-form.pdf


  • 11 Jun 2020 11:36 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Organizations that were unwilling to give their name and e-mail address may use anonymous.survey@gmail.com.  ACM explained to the GCB how anonymity is important in such surveys. Please take the time to fill out the survey. You are able to use anonymous for your name as well. 


  • 08 Jun 2020 14:13 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,


    Attached is the executive order allowing bars and restaurants to open Wednesday, June 10 at 50% capacity. 


    FROM THE GCB: Lawful Gambling Can Move Indoors Starting Wednesday, June 10

    Per Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-74 starting Wednesday, June 10, 2020, bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation may provide indoor and outdoor service subject to certain requirements as follows:

    • Occupancy of any indoor space must not exceed 50% of normal occupancy, with a maximum of 250 people in a single, self-contained space.
    • Occupancy of any outdoor space is limited to the number for whom social distancing of 6’ can be maintained between tables, also not to exceed 250 people.
    • Workers must follow face-covering requirements set forth in applicable guidance available at the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov).
    • The executive order reiterates that licensed veterans and fraternal organizations may lend gambling funds to their general fund accounts for up to one year to pay for allowable expenses necessary to reopen such organizations’ permitted premises.


    Also attached is the AMJ Gaming News from the GCB. There is a survey that organizations are requested to take and return by June 15.


    ACM has had questions around meat raffles and bingo. Guidance from the GCB is that everything can start up that’s operated in compliance with the social distancing restrictions.  There aren’t any social distancing restrictions specific to the conduct of lawful gambling.  The GCB would ask organizations to follow the same procedures as there are for selling/serving drinks and food.


    Attached is the May 8 2020 GCB checklist for re-opening.

    EO 20-74 Final_tcm1055-434913.pdf

    2020-gn-aprmayjun.pdf

    restart-checklist.pdf

    Regards,


  • 28 May 2020 13:37 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members, Below was posted on the GCB website this morning. Attached are the Frequently Asked Questions, Executive Order 20-63 and Form LG272.  


    May 28, 2020

    June 1 Restart - Frequently asked questions:  

     

    Executive Order to Assist Veterans and Fraternal Organizations:  Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-63 (see page 9, paragraph G) on May 27, 2020, allowing veterans or fraternal organizations to lend gambling funds to their general account to pay for expenses necessary to reopen such organizations’ permitted premises.

     

    What does this executive order mean?

    This executive order is a special allowance for veterans and fraternal organizations to make a loan from the organization’s gambling account to its general account to get their posts/clubs up and running.  Prior authorization from the Gambling Control Board must be received first.

     

    How does your post/club get prior authorization?

    To get prior authorization fill out form LG272, Request for Lawful Gambling Account Loan to General Account, and submit it to the Gambling Control Board.  Once the form is reviewed and approved, you will receive authorization to make the loan from your gambling account to the general account.

     

    Are there any restrictions?

    • The loan proceeds may not be used as collateral for any other loan.

    • The loan proceeds may not be used for gambling-related expenses.

    • The loan must be repaid to the gambling account in full within one year or suspend its gambling operation.

    • If the organization terminates lawful gambling and the loan has not been repaid, the loan repayment will be included in the terms of the license termination plan.

     

    Access form LG272, Request for Lawful Gambling Account Loan to General Account, here. 

    restart-q-a.pdf

    eo20-63.pdf

    UpdatedLG272 Emergency Loan - COVID-19 (1).pdf


  • 26 May 2020 12:54 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,


    Attached are two pdf documents.


    One is ACM health and safety recommendations for reopening sites and the other is questions that we have been getting from members that have been answered by the GCB.


    Arrow International has made signage available for your use at  https://resources.arrowinternational.com/signage


    The Administrative Law Judge has ruled that the state did not engage in unadopted rule making in the tribal petition regarding electronic pull tabs and has dismissed the petition. See ACM website for the entire ruling at www.alliedcharitiesmn.org 


    Regards,

    ACM-recommendations for reopening.pdf

    re-openingfaqs05252020.pdf;


  • 26 May 2020 10:12 | Allen Lund (Administrator)
  • 21 May 2020 18:44 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    May 21, 2020

    Guidance for Restarting Lawful Gambling on June 1

    In conjunction with Governor Walz’s May 20, 2020, announcement, lawful gambling may be conducted outdoors at permitted premises beginning June 1, 2020.  These lawful gambling activities must be conducted in compliance with all applicable executive orders and Center for Disease Control guidance.  All lawful gambling statutes and rules remain in effect and compliance will be enforced.

     

    Outdoor Sales Conduct

    • You may sell gambling equipment only in those areas where food and alcohol are allowed to be served.

    • Focus on internal controls.

    - Cash and games (including electronic games) must be secured at all times and games must remain in view of the site’s staff to ensure integrity of the games.

    - All games (except raffles) must be sold and played outside on the premises, but may not leave the outdoor dining area.

    - House Rules must reflect any changes to the conduct of games at the permitted premises.

     

    Gambling Equipment - Ordering and Delivery

    • Only gambling managers and assistant gambling managers may place orders for new games prior to the reopening of permitted premises.  After restarting, gambling managers may delegate the authority to order more games.

    • Delivery of cash banks and any new games may not be made earlier than four days (seven days for electronic gambling equipment) prior to the Governor’s lifting of those executive order restrictions.

     

    We urge your organization to be patient and not restart any gambling activities before they are allowed.  Any failure to comply with those requirements prior to the lifting of the executive orders will lead to the prosecution of all violations via applicable adverse administrative and criminal actions.

     

    Please check our website for any updates.


  • 21 May 2020 09:50 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,


    Yesterday Governor Walz announced Stay Safe MN Phase 2. On June 1 Restaurants and Bars are allowed to reopen out of doors only. Six Feet of distance must be maintained, not to exceed fifty customers. Reservations are required. Masks are required for workers, strongly suggested for customers.


    Please see the attached from the state.


    There was no guidance included in regards to opening back up charitable gaming. We have asked the GCB for direction and we are told it will be forthcoming. As soon as it is available it will be sent out.

    COVID_19_business_plan_template_services.pdf

    employer_preparedness_plan_requirements_checklist.pdf

    restaurant-bar-industry-guidance-ACC_tcm1045-432897.pdf

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