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S.F. No. 2524 - Charitable Gambling Taxation Task Force Establishment, The First Engrossment
Author: Senator Andrew R. Lang
Prepared By: Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
Date: March 2, 2018


Section 1 [Task Force on Charitable Gambling Taxation] establishes a task force of legislators, commissioners, and public members to review taxes imposed on organizations licensed to conduct lawful gambling.

Subd. 1 [Definitions] makes definitions in the Lawful Gambling chapter of statutes applicable to this section.

Subd. 2 [Membership] defines the membership of the Task Force on Charitable Gambling Taxation.

Subd. 3 [Terms; vacancies] provides for vacancies to be filled in a way that preserves representation.

Subd. 4 [Duties] sets duties for the task force.  The task force must review current taxes imposed on lawful gambling, how those taxes affect the organizations that are conducting lawful gambling, and how modifications to those taxes would affect the organizations and the state.

Subd. 5 [Chair] requires the task force to select a chair by a vote of its members.

Subd. 6 [Meetings] makes the meetings subject to the open meetings law for the legislature and not subject to the open meetings law governing the executive branch.

Subd. 7 [Administration] requires the Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) to provide administrative services for the task force.

Subd. 8 [Compensation] provides for public members to be compensated $55 per day and to be reimbursed for expenses.  Legislative members are authorized to receive per diem and reimbursement according to the rules of their legislative bodies.

Subd. 9 [Report] requires the task force to report their recommendations for modification to lawful gambling tax rates to the legislature by December 15, 2019.

Subd. 10 [Sunset] sunsets the task on January 1, 2019, or the day after submitting their report to the legislature.

Subd. 11 [First appointments] sets a deadline for appointments.

Subd. 12 [First meeting] requires the senator appointed by the majority leader to convene the first meeting by September 15, 2018.

Sec. 2. [Appropriation] appropriates $10,000 from the general fund in fiscal year 2019 to the LCC to support the task force.

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