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  • 03 Jan 2020 10:20 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Happy New Year to you all. 

    I received three calls yesterday from licensed organizations in regards to electronic POS systems logging out in five minutes if there is no activity. Below is the rule that covers this. We are told that the electronic manufacturers had not been in compliance and the GCB has recently told them that they needed to be.

    I had one organization tell me that a seller of theirs needed to log in 25 times during a recent shift. 

    We have spoken to the GCB about this, but they need to hear directly from you if you think that this is not a reasonable rule. The GCB can be reached at 651-539-1900.

    The GCB has replied to the Tribal Petition regarding electronic pull tab games. Their responses can be read on the ACM website at www.alliedcharitiesmn.org   The GCB believes that they did not exceed their authority in this case. Further developments will be posted on the ACM website as they become available.

    7864.0235

    Subp. 27. System access; password requirements.

    A. The manufacturer must maintain password access for the manufacturer; the distributor must maintain password access for the distributor; and the organization must maintain password access for the gambling manager and sellers.

    B. The operating system software and application software must have multiple security access levels to control and restrict different classes of access to the system. The accounts for the access levels must be unique when assigned to the authorized personnel and only one user per account is allowed.

    C. The manufacturer, the distributor, and the organization must register employees and volunteers with authorized system access with the board.

    D. The operating system software and application software must provide comprehensive password security or other secure means of ensuring data integrity and enforcing user permission. It is required that:….

    (4) the password must have a length of at least six alphanumeric characters; and

    (5) the system must automatically log out after a period of inactivity in excess of five minutes.

    Regards,

    Al


  • 13 Dec 2019 06:09 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Thank you again to all who attended the Rochester convention. In 2020 we are in Duluth November 19 – 21.

    The FY2019 GCB Annual Report is out. Here a link to the report https://mn.gov/gcb/assets/fy2019-annual-report.pdf

    FY19 sales grew by $330 million. We got an additional $6.7 million (8.7% increase) to the bottom line for community and mission.

    Taxes/fees were up $14.7 million (18% increase).

    Revenue share on electronics was up $10 million (62% increase).  

    Rent/Bar Op dollars were up $5 million (16% increase).

    Payout across all forms increased from 84.2% to 84.6%.

    Payout on paper tabs increased from 84.9% to 85.2%.

    Payout on e-tabs increased from 85.7% to 85.8%.

    Overall profit per dollar wagered decreased from 3.9 cents to 3.6 cents (8% decline).

    On the $330 million increase in sales we netted 2 cents per dollar wagered.  

    On December 3, 2019, the Shakopee Tribe filed an action with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings asking an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to issue a cease and desist order against the Gambling Control Board prohibiting it from approving any electronic pull tab games that allow a single button or swipe to open all the tabs.  The petition also asks that any such games previously approved be disallowed.  The Petition is based on the claim that Minn. Stat. 349.12(b)(3) requires each line to be opened separately (“a player must activate or open each electronic pull-tab ticket and each individual line, row, or column of each electronic pull-tab ticket”).

     

    The petition has been filed under a provision of law that allows a party to challenge the enforcement or implementation of an “unadopted rule.” The Tribe argues that initially, the Board approved electronic pull tab games that met the statutory language.  But in 2015, without any notice to the public or formal rulemaking, the Board adopted a new “policy”(an unadopted rule) to permit “one-swipe” games. The GCB has ten business days to respond to the petition. We will keep you informed of any further developments. The petition can be viewed on the ACM website www.alliecharitiesmn.org

    I cannot believe that another year is almost gone. Thank you again for all that you do for your community, mission and organization. You truly make a difference. Be proud of that.

    Regards,

    Al Lund

  • 12 Dec 2019 08:26 | Allen Lund (Administrator)
  • 24 Nov 2019 12:33 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    State Senator Roger Chamberlain speaks about charitable gaming in MN.

    https://merrickinc.org/charitable-gambling/

  • 14 Nov 2019 08:40 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    stribarticle11142019.pdf

    All of our taxes (not just electronic taxes) go into the stadium fund after paying $36.9 million into the General Fund. Electronics compose roughly 25% of our overall tax payments. We are paying in double what is needed into the stadium fund to pay the $31 million stadium bond payments. 

  • 13 Nov 2019 09:10 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    The covention booklet is attached. There could be last minute changes, but this will give you an overall view of what will be happening next week. 

    2019conventionbooklet11132019.pdf

  • 04 Nov 2019 14:47 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    See attached.

    Seminar 15 on Thursday, November 21 at 3:40 pm is the Pulltabs Plus/Secret Service Seminar and Seminar 30 oh Friday, November 22 at 11:05 am is the Central Gaming Services Seminar.

    I apologize for the error.

    Regards,

    Al

    2019 rochester seminar descriptions 11012019.pdf

  • 04 Nov 2019 09:48 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,

    Attached please find a letter from the Kahler Grand. They are renovating their hotel and wanted you to know the status of the renovation during your convention visit.

    The DoubleTree is upgrading their elevators. There is a chance that you will experience delays in accessing the elevators during your stay, but the hope is that any delays will be minimal.

    Attached are the seminar presenters, days, times and descriptions. Have your classes picked prior to coming to convention. The line-up of seminars is strong. 

    Attached is a fiscal year comparison of the Osseo Lions (I am a member) that was requested of me by my state legislator, Kristin Bahner. There are those that will say that the money that the Lions had for mission/community in FY19 was awesome. My take is that in those seven fiscal years we grew sales by over $2 million dollars, but had less to help those in need than we did in FY13. 

    Regards,

    Al Lund

    kahler10312019.pdf

    2019 rochester seminar descriptions 11012019.pdf

  • 17 Oct 2019 08:44 | Allen Lund (Administrator)

    Members,


    Please see the attached. The Convention/Expo is shaping up nicely. 


    We need members to apply for the regional and at-large positions. Regional director applications are due November 4 and at-large applications are due December 5. Be a part of the ACM board. 


    Tentative seminar schedule is attached. There is a possibility of changes, but we have commitments for everyone listed. Seminar descriptions will be out in a couple of weeks. 


    Seminar topics are quite varied and interesting. As an example, for their seminar time slot Pulltabs Plus is having the Secret Service speak about counterfeit money.  


    There are still hotel rooms available at the Kahler Grand, Kahler Inn and Suites, Home 2 Suites and Centerstone Plaza. All hotels will be serviced by shuttle.


    See you in Rochester.

    10172019update.pdf


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