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Conn. Agency Seeks To Streamline Rules For Raffles

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Raffle/auction table (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

Raffle/auction table (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that attempts to make it easier for charitable organizations to raise money from bazaars and raffles.

Appearing Tuesday before the General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee, Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein said the proposed changes to the state’s charitable gambling laws came from ideas offered by charitable organizations. Those groups have complained that the current permitting process is time-consuming and duplicative.

Under the proposed legislation, charitable groups could apply directly to the Department of Consumer Protection to hold a raffle or bazaar. Now they have to file with both the state agency and the local police department, sending checks to both.

Rubenstein said current rules for advertising raffles and bazaars are outdated. Under the bill, he said only municipal ordinances regarding advertising would apply.

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